Mother Nature may have wiped out the majority of the 2013 peach crop, but she couldn’t deter individuals and businesses from coming out and supporting the Gillespie County peach industry.
On Saturday, local and area buyers paid a total of $24,875 for one one-half bushel of peaches, baskets of goodies donated by peach growers and supporters and prize-winning pies, cobblers, preserves and salsas at the annual auction held as part of the 52nd Annual Stonewall Peach JAMboree and Rodeo.
Of the total, $3,000 was paid for Duecker Orchards’ one-half bushel of Harvester peaches, $10,050 was paid for the baskets and $11,825 was paid for the top baked goods, preserves and salsas.
Last year’s auction raised $23,825.
“We would like to thank all of the buyers for their support,” said Ricky Priess, chairman of the peach show and auction.