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Fredericksburg Texas Land for Peach Farming

Posted in: Farms
By SAGE - Premium Texas Real Estate
Jun 6, 2013 - 5:40:01 PM

Peach farms thrive in the mineral-laden soils and climate of Fredericksburg TX lands and Central Texas Hill Country real estate.  Families searching for Fredericksburg TX homes for sale might want to consider looking at parcels of Texas land for enough acreage to support a family peach orchard.  

Gillespie County produces more peaches than any other county in Texas.  Gillespie County farmers offer excellent resources to new farmers-a comfort to city folk yearning to retire from the bustle to the high-quality lifestyle available in Fredericksburg Texas real estate.

The 1,700-foot altitude of Fredericksburg and neighboring Stonewall TX lands is conducive to peach farming.  The higher altitudes provide just the right diurnal temperatures or day-to-night fluctuation to intensify the sweetness of peaches.  Full of micronutrients, the juicy fruit features complex flavor content considered the best in Texas.



The Hill Country Fruit Council website describes a dozen varieties of the luscious peaches as they ripen from May to August.  Predominant varieties include Springgold, Bicentennial, June Gold, Garnet Beauty, Sentinel, Harve4ster, Loring, Redglobe, Redskin, Dixiland, Jefferson, and Jersey Queen.  These include Cling Peaches (flesh clings to pit) that ripen in May, Semi-Freestones (less clingy) ripening in early June, and Freestones (flesh separates from pit) that ripen in June and July.

A peach tree yields about 150 to 200 pounds or 3-4 bushels of fruit each year.  For immediate eating, ice cream and jam, select soft-ripe peaches.  For canning, freezing, or storing, pick them firm-ripened.  Ripeness is determined by the background color, which moves from green to cream to yellow, and not the roseate blush color that makes the peaches so pretty.  

This is good information to know during the Stonewall Peach Jamboree held annually during the third weekend in June.  Or come anytime during peach season and follow the 35-mile Peach Blossom Trail through Gillespie County.  From Fredericksburg, go east on Highway 290 for 13 miles.  Turn left on Gellerman Lane to see peach stands and about 300 acres of orchards that benefit from the sandy soils.  

Turn left on FM 2721 and go straight on FM 1631.

By the way, be ready to try some of the best peach cobblers, peach ice cream, peach jams, and other delicacies found anywhere pin the Hill Country.

For expert guidance in your personal search for the ultimate piece of the Hill Country, please call Dale E. Cook, MBA and owner of SAGE - Premium Texas Real Estate at (830) 992-0056.

   

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Dale E. Cook, MBA, Broker/Owner

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150 E. Main St., Suite 303
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

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