Pick-Your-Own Peaches, Strawberries, Blackberries
In Fredericksburg in the Beautiful Hill Country of Texas

 Marburger Orchard

40 Years of Quality Fruit & Memorable Experiences

Peaches now in season!

Caution:  Light peach picking this week.

Blackberry picking nearly finished.


We again this year have excellent quality Nicaraguan coffee (supporting Young Life programs, both there and in the U.S.).

For the latest information, read the dated postings below.


Sunday, June 24, 2018, 4:50 p.m.

    If you are coming to pick Monday morning, be here when we open!  There should be 20 to 30 half bushels of the Harvester peach variety ripe enough to pick, but that is only about half the daily amount that we were experiencing last week.  With that limited amount of fruit, it is quite possible that we could be picked out within the first couple of hours.  Tomorrow will be the first day for pick-your-own in the Redglobe variety, but customers will be doing well to find a total of only 5 half bushels in these trees, since they are just beginning....they should be much better by the end of the week, and on into next week.  We also may be able to allow customers to try to pick a very boxes of Bounty tomorrow.  All in all, there just won't be a huge amount of ripe peaches any of the first days of this week.

    We will have a very limited amount of pre-picked peaches for sale on our counter tomorrow.  I do not expect to have any pre-picked half bushels for sale....only peaches in smaller box quantities.  One exception:  our workers have been cleaning out the last remaining tree-ripe, soft, ready-to-use Sentinels, and we will have 7 or 8 trays of these for sale (approximately 10 pounds per tray).

    (Continue reading earlier postings, below, for more details.)


Saturday, June 23, 2018, 10:40 p.m.

    After another big peach picking day today, there will not be enough ripe peaches to pick tomorrow.  Therefore, we will be closed again this Sunday, allowing more fruit time to ripen, and be ready for picking again on Monday.  Our Harvester peach variety is getting close to finishing, but should still have some nice picking each day, the beginning of this next week.  With some searching, customers may be able to find a few of the first ripening peaches in the Redglobe variety, beginning Monday or Tuesday.  This will be our main variety for the next two weeks, and will be the last variety with an abundance of fruit for this season.  Later varieties will have much less fruit.  The Majestic variety is probably still about a week away from starting.

    With Harvester finishing, and Redglobe just beginning, there will not be a huge amount of ripe peaches each day this coming week.  As has been the case many days this season, the best plan is to be here when we open at 8:00 a.m. (Monday through Saturday), in order to get the best selection that day, before it has all been picked, and we have had to close early, due to an insufficient amount of ripe fruit to last all day.  Also, there may be some days that we decide to close for the entire day, in order to allow fruit to "catch up" on ripening.  I would anticipate that this could become more common, as the customer demand increases, and the supply of peaches decreases.  Just keep watching our daily advisories.

    Blackberries are now essentially finished for this year, but with some diligence, customers are still welcome to try pick-your-own this next week.


Friday, June 22, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

    Less and less peaches each day for picking in the Harvester variety.  Need I say more than I have been saying for the last several days?  Open at 8:00 a.m. Saturday.   


Thursday, June 21, 2018, 9:45 p.m.

    Great peach picking for early arrival pick-your-own customers tomorrow!  However, if we have a crowd anything like what we had last Friday, the availability and selection of ripe fruit could diminish quickly!  We have three blocks of the Harvester peach variety, and all of them were heavily picked by customers today.  With overnight ripening, I would anticipate that we will have another 40 to 50 half bushels (25 pounds per box) ripe enough to pick Friday morning.  As usual, when we feel like customers are starting to pick green peaches, we will close for the remainder of the day.  That could potentially be as early as 10:30 a.m. tomorrow!

    Our Bounty peach variety (which is only a very small block of trees in our orchard) is now producing 4 or 5 half bushels per day, and we are selling them in various quantity sizes at our shed.  They are not available for pick-your-own.  These will be some of our largest peaches of the season, and they will be priced higher than our pre-picked Harvester peach.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 9:50 p.m.

    We had very good picking in the Harvester peach variety today, and expect more of the same the next several days.  However, it looks like we are now seeing a decreasing amount of daily production.  It will become all the more important to arrive early for picking the remainder of this week, as there will be a greater probability of running out of ripe fruit earlier each day.

    The orchard will close at noon on Thursday, partially due to the diminishing supply of peaches, but also due to our need to prepare for the Fredericksburg Farmers Market later in the day.  We will attempt to open the gate shortly after 8:00 a.m. each of the next three days, but we expect to be closed early each day, especially on Saturday.

    It is now looking like the Redglobe and Majestic peach varieties will begin their two weeks of harvesting sometime next week.  As we see more ripening, we will try to post more specific dates.

    Blackberries are now quickly declining in production, and there will be very few to pick next week.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 8:15 p.m.

    Quite a few customers braved the forecast of rain today, and were rewarded with ideal peach picking weather...cloudy skies, cool temperatures, and virtually no rainfall, other than a couple of very brief, light showers!  Lots of beautiful peaches and blackberries were picked today, and I expect an abundance of ripe fruit ready for picking again tomorrow.  And, our chances of rain are even less tomorrow than they were today.  We had enough ripe peaches, that we were able to stay open all day today (until 5:00 p.m.).  Unless the crowd is much larger tomorrow, I would expect that we will be open all day again.  By the way, tomorrow will be the last cool day this week....if you are coming any other day, you will want to be here in the morning, rather than in the hot afternoons!

    Harvester is currently our premier pick-your-own peach variety, but some customers have still been successful at finding some very nice fruit in the Sentinel, Gala, and Cary Mac varieties.  We are beginning to find a few ripe peaches in the Bounty variety (a derivative of the old favorite Loring), and we have them for purchase, in small box quantities, at the sales shed (not available for pick-your-own).  All of these are freestone peaches.

    We also continue to have a good supply of tomatoes, sweet red onions, and zucchini.


Monday, June 18, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

    We are expecting an abundant amount of ripe fruit in our Harvester peach variety (early freestone) again tomorrow, ready for pick-your-own.  The Kiowa blackberries are also still producing heavily.  Our rain chances increase to 60% tomorrow...most likely in the afternoon.  Come early, and come prepared!  A little rain will not stop us from picking.  We should have enough peaches to last all day, but if we get too much rain, or constant rain, we may have to close early.


Monday, June 18, 2018, 2:30 p.m.

    Open until 5:00 p.m. today!  Plenty of peaches to pick...and blackberries!  No rain (but still a chance), and mostly sunny.  Rain chances go up Tuesday and Wednesday.


Saturday, June 16, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

    We had a tremendous peach picking day today, and, surprisingly, we were able to remain open all day, due to the high volume of ripe fruit.  Because so much fruit was picked today, we do not feel like there will be enough newly ripened fruit on Sunday to justify being open.  Therefore, we will be closed all day Sunday, and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, anticipating again having very good picking in our Harvester peach variety, as well as lots more ripe blackberries.

    The weather forecast is for a chance of rain showers each day next week, Monday through Thursday.  It looks like the least chance is early each morning, with increasing likelihood as the day progresses....come out early to pick, and come prepared for the possibility of getting wet!  We could sure use the rain!  Since we have mowed grass cover in our orchard, it will take very heavy rains to prevent our customers from picking...appropriate footwear advised!

    Our predominant peach variety, by far, next week, will still be Harvester, an excellent early freestone.  By the end of the week, this variety will probably be dropping off significantly in daily production.

    The Kiowa blackberries will continue to be plentiful early in the week, but their season will begin to come to an end by later in the week.


Friday, June 15, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

    Peach picking will be very good to start with tomorrow morning!  However, if we have as large a crowd, as we are expecting, we could run out of ripe peaches to pick before noon!  If you have a choice, I strongly recommend that you wait, and come on a weekday next week....our peach trees don't produce any more ripe fruit on Saturday than they do any other day of the week!  Also, if you come Saturday, please be prepared to be patient with us, as we ask you to wait for instructions, so that we can help insure that you get the best possible selection of fruit.  And, you may find yourself in a waiting line to have your fruit weighed for checkout, since we have a very small staff.  We will have several friends and neighbors volunteering to help us tomorrow, mainly with traffic management.

    Blackberry picking should also be very good, for the first few hours.  There are still some strawberries for the diligent pickers.

    We will have some small boxes of peaches for sale on our counter in the morning, for those who do not want to pick-your-own, but we do not expect to be able to restock these, when we run out.  Also, we will not have any half bushels of peaches to sell at the shed tomorrow, and we will not be able to take any orders for these until early next week.

    Due to the shortage of staff, trying to help all the customers present at the orchard, we do not expect to be able to answer the phone anytime tomorrow morning...possibly later in the day, when the customer traffic slows down.

    At this time, we are not planning to be open Sunday.  We will make that final determination Saturday evening, after we have assessed the potential for a pickable crop on Sunday.  Usually, after heavy Saturday picking, there is not enough ripened fruit to pick on Sunday.


Thursday, June 14, 2018, 8:50 p.m.

    Closed today....open tomorrow!  With a day of rest today, the amount of ripe fruit tomorrow should be fairly plentiful.  However, if we have a large crowd of pickers, that could change quickly.  To be sure that there is still a good selection of ripe fruit for you to pick, be here when we open the gate, a little after 8:00 a.m.  We will stay open only as long as there is plenty of fruit to pick.  And, because we are expecting an even larger crowd (as usual) on Saturday morning, we will probably close down around noontime on Friday, to be sure that there will again be enough for customers to pick on Saturday.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018, 8:25 p.m.

    Whoa!  Hold your horses!  Not so fast!  We are not getting nearly as many ripe peaches this week, as we had expected.  By now, I would have thought that our Harvester variety would be increasing in production each day, but that is just not happening.  We were able to pick only 36 half bushels of Harvester today (less than yesterday), and we are expecting no more than 25 half bushels ripe enough to pick tomorrow.  The Sentinel and Gala varieties helped today, by providing another 20 half bushels, but they will probably have less than 10 total tomorrow, as they come to the end of their season.  And, the customer traffic seems to be getting heavier each day!  The production is simply not keeping up with the demand!

    Due to this situation, it has become necessary to drastically reduce the amount of picking.  Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13th, we will open the gate a little after 8:00 a.m., and close the gate to additional customers after about the first 25 cars, or no later than 9:00 a.m., whichever comes first!  (Our sign out on Hwy. 87 will not display "Open" tomorrow.)

    Furthermore, we will be closed entirely, all day, this Thursday, June 14th!  This is the only way I can see to give the peaches a chance to ripen properly, to provide for the intense demand each morning that we are open.  We expect picking on Friday and Saturday morning to again be very limited....maybe no more than a couple of hours each morning.

    Also, because of the limited amount of ripe peaches, we are able to fulfill only a few orders each day for pre-picked half bushels.  We can take no more orders for this week, and we are beginning to fill up quickly for subsequent weeks.

    Blackberries continue to be very plentiful each day.  If that is your primary interest, again, plan to be here for pick-your-own at opening time on the day that you are coming, before we have the gate closed.


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Hours of Operation

Check the daily updates, at the top of this page, for current estimated hours.


Our "peach season hours"  --  ripe fruit and weather conditions permitting  --  are normally as follows (with frequent exceptions):  open at 8:00 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays, and close at 5:00 p.m., if not earlier.  We will always close early (or entirely) on any day when we feel like the remaining fruit is not ripe enough to be picked.  We strongly recommend coming early in the day to have the best selection, and to avoid arriving after we have had to close.  Occasionally, we must close a full day or more, in order to assure that our customers will have the ripest, best tasting fruit.  It is a good idea to check here, or call our answering machine (830-997-9433), the night before you plan to come, and also if you cannot make it out until later in the day, to be sure that we will be open,

Very often we are closed on Sunday, because we have had so many customers on Saturday that the fields need an extra day of rest to catch up on ripening.


We will be closed July 4th.


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Pick-Your-Own Prices




Harvester: most ripe fruit at this time

$45.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $2.25/lb. for smaller quantities

 ($20.00 minimum purchase per family)


Cary Mac: almost finished -- limited picking

$45.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $2.25/lb. for smaller quantities

 ($20.00 minimum purchase per family)


Redglobe: just starting -- very limited this week

$60.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $3.00/lb. for smaller quantities

 ($20.00 minimum purchase per family)


Bounty: few trees -- limited supply

$60.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $3.00/lb. for smaller quantities

 ($20.00 minimum purchase per family)





$3.50/lb. ($5.00 minimum purchase)



$3.00/lb. ($4.00 minimum purchase)




In addition to cash or checks, we are now equipped to accept credit or debit cards (with a $1.00 transaction fee).





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 Peach Harvest -- 2017 (last year)

(updated 5/29/2017)

   Our peach crop will be extremely limited this year, due to an unusually warm winter, resulting in the lack of required "chilling hours", or dormancy.  There will be so few peaches that there will be no pick-your-own in peaches this year!  We will pick ourselves, what little we have in all varieties, and sell them at our orchard sales shed, and at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, as they are available.  All area growers, including ourselves, are expecting a very meager crop on our early peach varieties (now through mid-June), and essentially no crop on the more popular mid-June to late July varieties.  Our advise, if you want any peaches at all this year....buy early, and take what you can get, when you can get it!  Do not expect to be able to buy half bushel quantities....the sparse crop will be too valuable to sell in anything other than smaller box quantities. 

    We will finish harvesting our first variety, Regal, in the next couple of days.  Over a 10 day period, we will harvest only approximately 60 half bushels (25 pounds per half bushel).  This is an average of 150 pounds per day.  In a "good" year, our peach crop averages about 1250 pounds, daily, for about two months, from our ten varieties!  Regal has had more peaches per tree than any of our other varieties will have this year!  Many trees will have absolutely no fruit!  I'm expecting less than 50 pounds per day, average, for the June varieties, with virtually no crop at all on the July varieties.  And, there will be many days when we have no peaches, whatsoever, to sell!

    Beware:  If you see anyone this year selling "Texas Peaches" anywhere other than a permanent, grower owned and operated fruit stand, those peaches are almost certainly "imported"!


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    ***We are experimenting with a fairly new agricultural concept....the use of "high tunnels" to alter the climate conditions for growing crops.  A high tunnel is similar to a huge greenhouse, but normally without the advantage of heating or cooling, other than by closing or venting.  Currently, we have about 10% of our strawberries in these structures, and we have planted a few tomato plants in remaining available space.  I will try to post pictures, as time permits.


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Other news:

    ***We wish to thank the following Fredericksburg restaurants for using our strawberries in their menus:

The Peach Tree


Sunset Grill

Buffalo Nickel

Cabernet Grill


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   ***Again this year, we will have for you excellent quality Nicaraguan coffee  --  check back here in the coming weeks for more information about my family's involvement where it is grown, about the new "branding" of the coffee, and about the larger selection of products, which we will have available.


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Typical happenings at Marburger Orchard from previous years

(I will attempt to post current pictures and happenings as time permits!)


 Our peach trees blooming in March, 2014!

(full bloom in 2015 was about one week later--around March 22-26)

Bounty peach trees in bloom 3/18/14


Orchard tasks, year-round!

(The following was posted late Spring 2013.)

The major orchard task from January through March was getting all of the peach trees pruned before they bloomed in mid-March.

    Peach trees need an accumulation of "chilling hours" during the winter months in order to grow vigorously and produce a good crop in the spring and summer.  Because of a mostly mild winter, our trees had inadequate chilling.  Therefore, we did a chemical spray of the trees during the second week of February, which we hoped would enhance this chilling requirement.  It appeared that this spray did help.  However, there were some varieties, and some individual trees, that showed the effects of inadequate chilling by being slow to "leaf out".  This delayed start in the spring was probably responsible for some of the delayed ripening that we saw on some of our peach varieties.

Other ongoing orchard tasks include mowing, spraying weeds, irrigating, fertilizing, and monitoring for insect pests.

Normally, in April and May we devote the majority of our time to "thinning" excessive fruit off of the peach trees, so that the remaining fruit can grow larger in size.  Of course, with the loss of most of this crop to the severe freeze in late March, there was very little need for thinning this year.

Once there was very little chance of additional late freezes, during the first week of April we planted our tomato plants and most of the seeds for our summer vegetables.

After the orchard is closed to customers in late summer, we do not re-open until strawberry season begins in late February or early March.  During that off time, we stay busy with planting and caring for the new strawberry plants, and maintaining the peach trees, which includes cutting out dead limbs and trees, irrigating, and controlling weeds, plus equipment repair and maintenance.


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Pictures of Events During Past Years


January 4, 2013  --  snow pictures!

Fayette peach trees


Strawberry field  --  peach orchard in the background


A blanket of snow on a strawberry plant


October 18, 2012  --  strawberry planting time

Our 16,000 strawberry plants arriving, in preparation for planting the next week.


The beds were built in September, and in this picture we are connecting the irrigation, in preparation for planting.




October 16, 2014   Planting strawberries!




Strawberry season is primarily March and April.  In June/July we remove the old plants, take out the old plastic and irrigation lines, and plow up the field.  In September we rebuild the plastic-covered beds, and in October we plant new plants.






Peaches are our primary crop!

 We have 10 varieties, normally ripening between mid-May and early August.  Each variety lasts approximately two weeks, with the peak of production being in the middle of that two weeks.  Since the ripening dates for each variety vary from one year to the next, based on constantly changing weather conditions, I can only estimate  the ripening dates for the varieties.  I continue to revise these estimated dates during the harvest season.

  January through early March is the time when each tree in the orchard is meticulously hand-pruned, to create the most desirable structure for a healthy crop.  Peach trees produce best when they have had adequate "chilling hours" during their winter dormancy, from November through February.  During this dormancy, freezes do not usually cause any harm to the trees.  The trees bloom and set their fruit in March, followed by the emergence of the new foliage.  In April, our workers begin the tedious work of thinning.  Thinning is the task of removing excessive fruit, so that the remaining peaches can grow to larger size.  This work is done almost exclusively by hand, one peach at a time, and is usually not completed in all varieties until late May!

From late February to early April, we are always vulnerable to freezing weather, which can result in either a partial or total loss of the year's peach crop.  Springtime is also when there is the threat of thunderstorms, accompanied by hail, which may scar or devastate the crop.

A lot of pruning, irrigating, fertilizing, insect prevention and weeding goes on year-round, in order to maintain healthy peach trees, and to produce good quality fruit.



  Blackberry season is May and June.  We have four varieties, that ripen at different times over that two month period.  The plants are tied up on trellis wires, with grass walkways between, for ease of picking. 



  Because of the threat of killing freezes, most of our summer vegetables can not be planted until early April, which results in harvest being mostly in June and July.  The exception is our onion crop, which we normally start digging by the end of April or early May.  We try to have a good assortment of vegetables each year.

 Although we allow some pick-your-own, we do most of the picking of the vegetables ourselves, so that we can be sure that they will be harvested at their freshest and best early each morning--tomatoes, green beans and southern field peas are usually the exception.  The vegetables are available for sale at our orchard stand, until they are sold out for that day.

We do not grow fall and winter vegetables.



Pick-Your-Own Prices

General information about our pricing:  Since our products are not manufactured, and are at the mercy of nature, the quality, size, and quantity can easily vary from week to week, especially in our many peach varieties.  Therefore, our pricing is also flexible, reflecting those changing conditions.  Our strawberry and blackberry prices generally remain the same throughout most of their respective seasons.  Prices for pick-your-own are less than if we do the picking for you.  However, due to the need for competent employees to assist customers with picking instructions and supervision, the prices are only moderately different.  We occasionally offer discounts when we want to encourage customers to come out and help us pick an over-abundance of ripe fruit, before it becomes a loss.  Since the demand for our fruit is usually greater than the supply, we rarely have the need to wholesale our products, nor offer reduced prices for customers picking larger quantities.


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Looking for something else to do while you are in Fredericksburg?

For other activities in the area, click on the link to the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce at the bottom of this page.

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If you are looking for a place to stay overnight in Fredericksburg, a little out of the ordinary, click on the links below to bed and breakfast accommodations available with "friends of Marburger Orchard".


Meusebach Creek Farm


Austin Street Retreat




Directions to Marburger Orchard

      Take U.S. Highway 87      5¼ miles south of Fredericksburg
or 16 miles north of I-10.

Watch for our sign.
Turn onto Meusebach Rd. Follow signs to

 559 Kuhlmann Rd.

Mapquest and Google Earth now have us accurately located!  (Other GPS programs apparently are still trying to say we are someplace else!)


Peaches:  May-August
Strawberries: March-May
Blackberries: May-June
Vegetables:  June-August

Call or check back here for current information.

(830) 997-9433


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To see photos from past years at Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas

Click below on pictures of Peaches, Strawberries, and Blackberries


E-mail List

(Note:  It has become more and more difficult for me to find time to add new "sign-ups" to our email list, and to keep that list updated.  Also, it has become less necessary to send out reminder notices to our customers, with the growing number of customers, and the "shrinking" size of the orchard.  Therefore, you are welcome to add your name to the email list, but know that the best means to staying informed is to check this website on a regular basis, where I post updates on what is happening several times a week, during the harvest season.)

The best way for us to send notices to you about what is happening at Marburger Orchard is by e-mail.  In addition to being the quickest method, it allows us to get information to you more specific to your interests, and is a less costly way for us to stay in touch with our growing list of customers. It also allows us to notify you anytime we might have a special going, such as during an unexpected surplus of overripe fruit.  If you are a new customer, or have never before registered with us, please go to “Join Our Mailing List” above on this page, and register.  Be sure the e-mail address you enter on the form is current, and 100% correct--we do get back a fair number of "undeliverable" e-mails.  Recently, we seem to be getting our e-mail notices blocked by more of our customers.  Be sure your spam filter allows messages from:  grower@marburgerorchard.com
 If you are a previous customer, and are already on our mailing list, we would still like for you to fill out this form, if you have never before done so, especially if you would like to start getting e-mail notices, instead of our traditional cards. 
Please, please, please, do not fill out this form more than once!!!  That only creates more unnecessary work for me, deleting the duplications.  If you think you should be getting an e-mail when you are not, first be patient--it may not yet be the appropriate time for notices to go out on that particular crop.  If you are not getting a notice when the crop has started, check with us to be sure we have your correct e-mail address.

Important change in notifications:  I am no longer mailing out card notices!
With almost everyone now using e-mail, the printing, labeling, and mailing of cards is no longer cost or time effective.

  There may be additional e-mail notices under special circumstances, such as unusual crop abundance, or limited time discounts.
We will not give your e-mail address to anyone else, and we will try to use this method of communication sparingly.  We do not want to become another source of annoying spam mail for you!

If you choose not to sign up for notices from us, you can simply check back here on our website on a regular basis.  We attempt to post current updates as frequently as necessary during the harvest season to keep our customers aware of changing conditions.








More Pictures

click here for Spring 2010 peach bloom pictures

         (Spring 2010 strawberry pictures)     

  (2009 photos!)

  (2008 Pictures at Marburger Orchard)


Marburger Orchard is a member of the Hill Country Fruit Council. We have been a Hill Country peach tradition for 40 years! You know it's fresh when you pick your own peaches, strawberries and blackberries! Your vacation or outing to the Texas Hill Country just isn't complete until you've tasted the fresh fruits of our Gillespie  County orchard. Primarily pick-your-own, but sometimes we have already picked fruit available. All our fruit is the best quality fruit nature can provide. We take great pride in our well maintained orchard, which provides the greatest ease of picking and family enjoyment!

Click here to go to the Hill Country Fruit Council