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Texas Real Estate in Medina: Apple Capital

Posted in: Kerrville Area
By SAGE - Premium Texas Real Estate
Jul 11, 2013 - 7:29:31 PM

Texas real estate in Medina is home to 3,000 residents in an apple-farming community twelve miles northwest of Bandera in central Bandera County.  Medina's farms, ranches, and properties reach out from the intersection of State Highway 16 and Farm Road 337 and on into the Texas Hill Country.  Note that Lake Medina is located in Medina County beyond TX real estate in Bandera, approximately 40 miles southeast of this town.

In the apple world, Medina TX homes are nestled among some of the tastiest varieties produced anywhere:  Crispin, Jonagold, Mollies, Jonathans, Granny Smith, Fuji, Pink Lady, and the Lone Star Little Sugar Gala.  Known for the profuse harvest of full-sized fruit amazingly grown on dwarf apple trees, travelers venture to Medina seeking out patio apple orchards and delicious apple butters, jellies, sauces, vinegars, syrups, pies, and yummy apple ice cream.

All of this apple business began in 1981 when Baxter and Carol Adams planted an experimental apple orchard.  Their dwarf trees produced apples 40 percent sweeter than large-tree varieties.  They found out that they could grow 1,000 to 2,500 trees on one acre.  

With the Adam's Love Creek Orchards taking off, in 1988 they opened The Cider Mill and Country Store in downtown Medina real estate.  The smell of fresh-baked apple pie permeates the atmosphere where the Adams offer over fifty different products made from superior-tasting Texas apples.  They sell fresh apples June through November and offer tours through the orchards.

Their marvelous success inspired others to do likewise until the small town started a new industry for the State of Texas.  In 1989, the Texas Department of Agriculture declared Medina the Apple Capital of Texas.  Since the time in 1990 when 300,000 apple trees produced 100 tons of fruit, more trees been planted in Bandera County every year.  

Before apples, the small community was devoted to livestock and recreational hunting leases.  In 1865, families settled to operate a lumber mill.  Within 15 years, a post office opened.  In the next ten years, a gin, corn mill, hotel, private bank, churches, and general stores opened to serve hundreds of residents.  Although the population tapered off during the Depression, it recovered quickly and thrived again by 1950.

A notable 46-mile drive from Medina to Garner State Park traverses some of the most rugged territory of the Texas Hill Country.  It climbs through three major river valleys including the Medina, Sabinal, and Frio.  The beautiful scenic views during the fall prompt recreational outings such as hiking, camping, swimming, fishing, and boating.  

The Medina Independent School District serves students in the area.  For more information about relocation, investment properties, and residential and commercial real estate in the Hill Country, click here to contact Dale Cook or call 830-997-1035.



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