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PUMPKINS, PEACHES, APPLES, BERRIES & PECANS
IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
Yes, we grow pumpkins, peaches, apples, pecans and berries. Probably best known for the delicious peaches, and this draws thousands of visitors a year, as explained in more detail below.
And, this beautiful region is well recognized for having excellent strawberries, blackberries and vegetables. Many of these growers have farm stands with baskets of fresh, locally grown produce, and some allow "pick-your-own" (PYO) as well, a fun, family-oriented outdoor experience. Enjoy!
Many of these outdoor market stands listed below are located right at their family-owned and operated farms, where they sell seasonal fruits and vegetables, and for your fall decorating they typically have large pumpkins and gourds, indian corn, dried corn stalks, straw bales and flowers. Many also have a selection of cold drinks, home-baked goods, produce, jams and jellies. Some have a fall corn maze (a walkable "maze" through a field of corn for the kids to enjoy).
Below is our list. Please note that many of our farm stands sell a variety of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables in season, along with some serve mouth-watering ice cream, cobbler, pies, breads, jams, jellies, etc. Some of these stands and retail locations will box and ship your selection, which makes for nice gifts and easy transport. We have basic categories listed below, but many of these outlets include produce from several categories, so take a look in all categories.
We also have related focus pages on this Portal site dedicated to:
Hill Country Wine & Grapes, Hill Country Beer & Breweries, Hill Country Lavender, & Hill Country Festivals & Major Events.
Our event calendar includes the annual Pecan Jam Festival in San Saba (mid-October), and other events that celebrate our delicious fruits.
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Want to take the kids to a real pumpkin patch? There are three kinds of pumpkin patches:
- Still in the field where they are growing: This is what most people prefer, the real thing! But, the area can be muddy or dusty out in the country. Typically, if they are running low on pumpkins, more are bought and brought to the field so that kids can still get the same experience in nature! Kids run around looking for the perfect pumpkin out in the field! Many of these places have other related activities, such as hay rides, animal rides, petting zoo, tours, food, etc. to make an extended outing.
- Already harvested and set out for kids to explore: Located in an outdoor, country or farm environment, and often at a local spot, such as a church.
- Store or farm stand: Not the best experience for the kids, but better than no pumpkins! Pick the one you like and take it home. No special activities for kids.
BLUE OAK GARDEN CENTER: 830-353-1228; 1834 Junction Hwy, Kerrville, TX 78028. www.blueoakgardencenter.com
EIEIO'S ORGANIC FARM: 512-847-2463; 1000 Green Acres, Wimberley, TX 78676. http://eieiofarm.wordpress.com
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH: 830-625-4513; 572 W San Antonio St, New Braunfels, TX 78130
GRUENE PUMPKIN PATCH: 830-625-7200; 2629 E Common St, New Braunfels, TX 78132
(THE) HOMESTEAD FARM AND MARKET: 830-644-8009; 502 Jenschke Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.fbgcornmaze.com. Corn maze & pumpkin patch. Near Stonewall
LOVE CREEK ORCHARDS: 800-449-0882; 830-589-2588; Medina, TX 78055. www.lovecreekorchards.com
MAZED AND CONFUSED CORN MAZE: 132 Bradshaw Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. http://mazedandconfused.com
PEACH VALLEY FARM (formerly M & J FARMS): 512-431-6545; 12992 US-281 N, Round Mountain, TX 78663. www.peachvalleyfarm.com. Peach orchard, pumpkin patch & retail store
PIPE CREEK CHRISTMAS TREE FARM: 830-510-6006; TX-16 & Phil’s Rd, Pipe Creek, TX 78063. http://pipecreekchristmastrees.com
SWEET BERRY FARM: 830-798-1462; 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654. www.sweetberryfarm.com
TEXAS BIG WORM PUMPKIN PATCH: 512-468-9997; 4625 TX-29 E, Bertram, TX 78605. Seasonal
VOGEL ORCHARD: 830-644-2404; 12862 US-290 E, 2358 Gellermann Ln, Stonewall, TX 78671. www.vogelorchard.com. Retail & wholesale
If you find more in the Hill Country, just let us know and we will add them here.
The Hill Country is well known for producing some of the best peaches available. Our soil and climatic conditions are most favorable here for growing abundant, delicious peaches.
Most of the orchards are in the Fredericksburg area (Gillespie County) and in particular are concentrated in Stonewall, and Johnson City/Round Mountain area (Blanco County). Gillespie County produces 40% of all the peaches grown in the state of Texas. You can see many of the orchards along the highways.
The peach season runs from mid-May through the first week of August in a normal year. Several orchards offer "pick-your-own", a fun and different outdoor activity for the family. When in season, visitors will find peach stands all along US 281 and on US 290 between Johnson City and Fredericksburg. These stands typically also offer a variety of fresh, locally grown produce and fruit.
The Stonewall area calls itself "The Peach Capital of Texas" and many refer to the excellent peaches grown there as "Stonewall" peaches.
The Hill Country Fruit Council in Fredericksburg produces a listing of its members and other helpful peach information in a brochure entitled Fredericksburg-Stonewall Peaches displayed on their website www.texaspeaches.com
An informative article on this subject is at: Texas Escapes.
The Stonewall Peach JAMboree is held in mid-June each year to celebrate the bounty of local peaches. Activities include breakfast, rodeo, dance, races, peach eating contest, peach seed spitting contest, peach auction, peach queen coronation, and more. Info: 830-644-2735. www.stonewalltexas.com and see Hill Country Festivals for the June schedule.
Be sure to check out the detailed profile page in this Portal site for each town along the way to see their event calendar and more detail on fun things to do in the area.
There is a dedicated web site that focuses on the peaches in the Hill Country, and in particular those grown on the Pedernales Valley farms located between Johnson City and Fredericksburg. We won't duplicate their helpful information here. To reach this great site just click: Peaches.
PEACHES IN THE AREA JUST EAST OF FREDERICKSBURG:
CRENWELGE PEACHES: 830-997-4977; 617 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Web. Retail
BARILOCHE FARM: 830-990-9023; 10091 US-290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.barilochefarm.com. Retail
BEHRENDS ORCHARD: 830-997-4420; 4 mi E of town on S side of US 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.texaspeaches.com/behrends/Default.htm. Retail & wholesale
ENGEL ORCHARD: 830-997-3292; 9885 US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Retail
ENGEL FARMS: 830-990-0537; 9973 US-290 E, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Retail. 8 mi E of town
GEORGE PEHL ORCHARD: 830-997-1118; 1349 RR-1376, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Just S of the KOA
JENSCHKE ORCHARDS: 830-889-0756; 830-997-8422; US-290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.bestfredericksburgpeaches.com. Wholesale, retail & PYO peaches. 7 mi E of FBG near Trade Days. Pumpkin patch, corn maze, Christmas trees.
MARK PREHN ORCHARD: 830-456-3400; 1653 Gellerman Ln (2 mi W of Stonewall), Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Retail
PEDERNALES VALLEY FARMS & LYDELL'S STORE: 830-997-1982; 1607 E Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Across from Fort Martin Scott. Retail & wholesale
ROCKY HILL ORCHARD: 830-997-6352; 279 Rocky Hill Ln, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. WebRetail. 5 mi E of town
STUDEBAKER FARM: 830-990-1109; US 290, Fredericksburg/Blumenthal, TX. Web. 5 mi W of Stonewall at Blumenthal, PYO, Retail
TUSCANY ON THE PEDERNALES: 682-553-9287; 1349 RR-1376, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. (Luckenbach Road, 1 mile off US 290 E). http://www.texaspeaches.com/tusc/default.html. Pick your own and retail peaches
WOODS ORCHARD: 830-385-9442; Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Retail
ZENNER'S ORCHARD: 830-997-7445; 2745 RR 1631, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. Retail & wholesale
PEACHES IN THE AREA JUST SOUTH OF FREDERICKSBURG:
DONALD ECKHARDT ORCHARD: 830-992-7113; US-87, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.hillcountrypeaches.com. 2.2 mi S of town. Retail & wholesale
ERNST MARKET: 830-997-2035; 3722 TX-16 S, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.ernstmkt.com. Retail
FISCHER & WIESER'S DAS PEACH HAUS: 830-997-8969; US-87 S, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
MARBURGER ORCHARD: 830-997-9433; 559 Kuhlmann Rd, US-87, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.marburgerorchard.com. 5 mi S of town. PYO, Retail
PEACHES IN THE STONEWALL AREA:
BURG'S CORNER-HILL COUNTRY HARVEST, INC: 830-644-2604; 800-694-2772; POB 281, 15194 US 290 E, Stonewall, TX 78671. Web. Retail & wholesale peaches & peach products.
GOLD ORCHARDS: 830-644-2890; 14329 US 290 E, POB 56, Stonewall, TX 78671. Web. 14 mi E of Fredericksburg. Retail
VOGEL ORCHARD: 830-644-2404; 12862 US 290 E, 2358 Gellermann Ln, Stonewall, TX 78671. www.vogelorchard.com. Retail & wholesale
WAHL TREE RIPE PEACHES & VEGETABLES: 830-644-2299; 15371 US 290 E, Stonewall, TX 78671. Retail
PEACHES IN THE ROUND MOUNTAIN AREA:
PEACH VALLEY FARM (formerly M & J FARMS): 512-431-6545; 12992 US 281 N, Round Mountain, TX 78663. www.peachvalleyfarm.com. Peach orchard & retail store
PEACHES IN THE BLANCO AREA:
ENGEL'S FRESH FRUIT & VEGETABLES: 830-456-3438; US 281, Blanco, TX 78606. Web. 1 mi S of Blanco.
MCCALL CREEK FARMS MARKET: 830-833-0442; 4524 US 281 N, TX 78606. www.mccallcreekfarms.com. 3.5 mi N of Blanco. Retail
INTERESTING PEACH TID BITS:
Peach varieties vary as to when they ripen, and further the timing depends on moisture conditions, temperature and other factors. Best to contact local growers to see how the peaches are progressing.
The primary factors influencing the plentifulness of peaches include:
- Chill Hours: The amount of time peach trees are below 45 degree temperature, to help them have a healthy winter dormancy and condition them for spring. Optimum winter days are 35 to 40 degrees. Late winter freezes can ruin a peach crop. Desirable chill hours vary by peach variety.
- Moisture: Without adequate rain, peaches will not fill out.
- Timing: The grower faces the challenge of waiting for the unknown late freeze versus pruning early enough to complete the entire process for all trees during late winter. The warmer the budding period, the faster trees will bud. Pruning accelerates the budding process. But, a late freeze will diminish or kill the buds. There is no hotline to Mother Nature to call to determine her schedule. Thus, the process is risky and some years peaches abound, and some years they don't. It can vary by orchard, peach variety, and date of pruning, all within the same farm.
- "Cling": The peach clings to the pit. Ripen in May.
- "Semi-Free": The peach will release from the pit when ripe. Ripen in early June.
- "Freestone": The peach will easily release from the pit. Ripen in June and July.
|Gold Prince||May 20-June 5||Semi-Free|
|Cary Mac||June 15-20||Freestone|
|Bounty||June 20-July 5||Freestone|
|Majestic||June 25-July 10||Freestone|
|Redglobe||June 25-July 10||Freestone|
|Loring||June 25-July 10||Freestone|
|Ruston Red||July 4-15||Freestone|
|Flame Prince||August 1-10||Freestone|
|Big Red||August 10-20||Freestone|
HOW TO FREEZE FRESH PEACHES: Peal peaches. Slice or half them. Dilute 1/2 cup water with 2 tablespoons of "Fruit Fresh" (lessens browning, preserves). Thoroughly mix 5 lbs of peaches with the diluted preservative. Place into freezer bags, seal and freeze them.
HOW TO BUY PEACHES: Make your selections based on what you intend to do with the peaches. For immediate eating or making into a jam or ice cream, select a soft-ripe peach. For canning or freezing, select a firm-ripe peach.
SIMPLE PEACH MATH: 3 to 4 medium peaches weigh about 1 pound. One bushel of medium peaches weighs about 48 lbs and produce 18-24 quarts of canned or frozen peaches.
PORTAL PEACH RECIPES:
HOMEMADE PEACH ICE CREAM USING AN AUTOMATIC (CUISINART) ICE CREAM MAKER: By Sharon
Yield: 1 to 1.5 qts
- 1 or more cups heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup regular milk
- 1 can eagle brand milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 to 6 chopped peaches
PEACH COBBLER: By Sharon
- 1 cup flour
- 1/3 cup Crisco
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1/3 cup regular milk
- 6 large peaches (peeled and sliced)
PEACH DUMPLINGS: (By Zena): A recipe from the Czech Republic.
- 1 lb all purpose flour
- 1 pkg dry yeast
- pinch of salt
- 1 pt lukewarm water
- 2 tsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- whole peaches with skin or whole pealed peaches (blanched in boiling water for 20 seconds to easily remove skin)
Don't overlook the growing reputation of the apple orchards in the Medina and Mason areas, known for producing succulent apples. See our profiles on Medina and Mason. See Hill Country Festivals. The South Llano area on TX 16 also has a commercial apple orchard operation.
APPLE VALLEY ORCHARD: 325-247-3979; 12340 TX-16 S, Llano, TX 78643. Facebook. Apples, berries, more. Located a few miles S of Llano.
CHADWICK OLIVE GROVES & VILLA: 512-589-5121; 6443 US-190 E, Lampasas, TX 76550. Event venue
KENDALL COUNTY NATURAL APPLES: 111 Sunset Dr, Boerne, TX 78006. A PYO orchard with 40 trees and 12 varieties
LOVE CREEK ORCHARDS: 800-449-0882; 830-589-2588; Medina, TX 78055. From April through October, these apple orchards are open to the public by guided tour only; call to set up a tour time. Lunch, tours, apple picking, pumpkin patch. Known for its dwarf apple trees that produce full-sized fruit with varieties ranging from Crispin to Jonagold. www.lovecreekorchards.com
SONLIGHT APPLE ORCHARD: 325-347-1808; TX-29 E, Mason, TX 76856. www.sonlightappleorchard.com
SWEET BERRY FARM: 830-798-1462; 1801 FM-1980, Marble Falls, TX 78654. www.sweetberryfarm.com
TEXAS HILL COUNTRY OLIVE COMPANY: 512-607-6512; 2530 W Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. www.texashillcountryoliveco.com. Olive farm and retail store
San Saba: "Pecan Capital of the World". This area has an ideal climate and water and soil conditions to support native and improved pecan production. Native production is prolific along the rivers and creeks, while improved varieties are found in irrigated orchards nearby. An amateur horticulturist from England developed the first improved varieties here in San Saba in the 1870s. Birthplace of the paper shell pecan. San Saba is a hub for the production and wholesale and retail distribution of pecans and pecan products throughout the world. The pecan tree is the state tree. See directory below for local pecan companies that have retail outlets. See the Mother Pecan Tree from which many varieties were grafted, located at the Millican Pecan Company orchard in San Saba County.
CIRCLE H ORCHARDS: 830-755-6440; 7380 Rolling Acres Trail, Fair Oaks Ranch, Boerne, TX 78006. www.circleHorchards.com
BUZZ WHITE ORCHARDS: 830-997-8407; 959 S Eagle, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
SEVEN CIS PECAN ORCHARD: 512-282-2397; Junction, TX 76849
FRIO PECAN FARM: 877-832-0674; TX-337 E, Leakey, TX 78873. 3/4 mi off US 83. www.friopecanfarm.com
B&D PECAN PARADISE: 512-752-3362; 9659 US-190 W, Lometa, TX 76853
ATKINSON PECAN COMPANY: 325-446-4931, Menard, TX 76859
R. B. BAGLEY PECANS: Menard, TX 76859
K&K PECANS: 325-396-2943; 210 S Ellis St, Menard, TX 76859
COMAL PECAN FARM: 830-609-0168; 231 High Creek Rd, New Braunfels, TX 78130. www.comalpecanfarm.com
ALAMO PECAN & COFFEE COMPANY: 325-372-5275; 877-618-9089; 601 E Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. www.alamopecanandcoffee.com
BONEY & CLAUD'S: 325-372-6887; 311 N High (TX-16), San Saba, TX 76877. "Pecan Emporium and Country Store", www.BoneyAndClauds.com
DONER PECAN COMPANY: 325-372-5623; 1707 W Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877
(THE) GREAT SAN SABA RIVER PECAN CO: 325-372-6078; 234 US 190, San Saba, TX 76877. www.greatpecans.com
MILLICAN PECAN COMPANY: 325-372-4026; 1101 W Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. www.pecancompany.com
OLIVER PECAN COMPANY: 325-372-5771; 1402 W Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. www.oliverpecan.com
R. B. BAGLEY PECANS, GIFTS & MORE: 325-372-4700; 412 E Commerce, San Saba, TX 76877
SAN SABA PECAN, LP: 325-372-5727; 2803 W Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. www.SanSabaPecan.com
WILLIAMS PECAN CO: 325-372-5146; 1604 W Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877
AGGIE HORTICULTURE: http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu
GO TEXAN: www.gotexan.org
HILL COUNTRY FRUIT COUNCIL: www.texaspeaches.com
ORANGE PIPPEN: www.orangepippin.com/orchards/united-states/texas. Texas orchard directory
TEXAS AGRILIFE EXTENSION SERVICE: 830-997-7047; US 290, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
TEXAS FRUIT GROWERS ASSOCIATION: www.texasfruitgrowers.org
TEXAS PECAN GROWERS ASSOCIATION: www.texasfruitgrowers.org
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Upscale Western-style Guest House Lodging
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
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