The Texas Hill Country soil is rich in the necessary minerals and micro-nutrients needed to produce perfect peaches. This is true especially in the Stonewall and Fredericksburg area of the Hill Country. In addition to the rich soil, the day to night temperature variation or diurnal temperature, is just right for producing sweet, intense flavors in the local peaches.
We base our pricing on the market price for peaches, tomatoes and other vegetables for the current year and season.
Keep peaches at room temperature until soft enough to eat, and then refrigerate them for up to two weeks.
We use the standard bushel measurements when selling peaches. This is the standard that all individual peach markets in the area use. We most commonly sell 1/16 bushel, 1/8 bushel and 1/4 bushel boxes. Occasionally we will sell 1/2 bushel boxes.
Three to four medium sized peaches equal one pound. A 1/16 bushel box of peaches is approximately three pounds. One bushel of peaches equals 48 pounds.
One bushel of fresh peaches will yield approximately 18 to 24 quarts of canned or frozen peaches.
The early varieties of peaches ripen from about May 10th to early June, and these early peaches are "cling stone" peaches, meaning peaches whose flesh clings to the pit. "Semi-free stone" varieties ripen in early June. "Free stone" varieties like the popular Harvester and Loring ripen in mid June through July. Later varieties ripen in late July into mid August.