Peach season in full swing as JAMboree celebration gears up

By Richard Zowie —

Peach season in Fredericksburg and Gillespie County is underway as local growers are picking and buyers from the area and beyond are in pursuit of tasty deals.

Growers say that recent rains have helped the peaches while the growers expect the upcoming hot summer weather to help bring flavor to the peaches.

Peach progress

Roger Crenwelge, owner of Crenwelge Peaches, described this year’s crop as a good crop despite not being as big as 2010 or 2012.

“Last year we didn’t have anything, so this year it’s 100 percent better,” he said.

Likewise, Randy Pehl, who owns Behrends Orchard, said while this year’s crop so far isn’t the biggest they’ve ever had, it’s also not the smallest one.

“It’s a lot better than last year and the year before,” she added.

For Mark Wieser, founder of Fischer and Wieser’s Das Peach Haus, it would be hard to ask for a better crop. He said they’ve had “great peaches” with every tree producing.

“The peaches have been so flavorful and sizing up pretty,” he said. “We can let the peaches hang longer on the tree so customers can have the best tasting peach possible.”

Peaches and rain

Crenwelge said the rains have improved the quality of the crop, while Wieser described the rain as “just right.”

Pehl added that while the area could use more rain, it’s important for peaches to not receive too much rain.

“If you have too abundant rain, it takes away from a peach’s flavor,” she said. “It also can result in a fungus called brown rot.”

Wieser added that peaches, like grapes for wine production, need a certain amount of rain.

“Too much rain can mean too much water in the peach and it can impact the sweetness,” he said. “The amount of rain we’ve received this past month has been just right.” 

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