Thanks to good winter and spring rains and a dodge of late spring hail storms, Gillespie County’s peach industry is have a good year and remains the strongest in the state.
Locals and thousands of visitors are crowding into roadside stands and pick-your-own orchards alike to get a taste of this year’s sweet harvest.
This weekend in Stonewall, newcomers and old-timers will gather for the 54th annual Peach JAMboree, marking more than a half century of a festival that showcases a Hill Country delicacy.
In the 1850s, corn and wheat were the major crops in the area, but as farm output grew and diversified, Gillespie County became the largest-volume peach producing county in the state.
By the early 1980s, there were more than two million pounds harvested here in a single season.
Today, Gillespie has more than 1,400 acres invested in peach production, which accounts for 40 percent of the state’s annual crop.