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Redglobe peaches picked July 8, 2018
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For the latest information, read the dated postings below.
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10:00 p.m.
We will be closed all day Sunday, and open again this Monday through Saturday (with the exception of Friday), 8:00 a.m. to noon each day. Dixiland will continue to be available for picking this coming week, and Fayette will begin on Monday.
(Continue reading earlier postings, below, for more details.)
Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:55 p.m.
If you are coming to pick peaches on Saturday morning, be here when the gate opens at 8:00 a.m. Saturdays are usually our busiest days, and if we have a lot of customers tomorrow, we will most likely not have enough ripe peaches for more than a couple of hours of pick-your-own. Our only available variety tomorrow will be Dixiland, which supplied us with 18 half bushels today, and will probably have less than that ready again for picking on Saturday. Our Redglobe and Majestic trees gave us another 14 half bushels today, but they are both now finished, and will have no fruit for picking tomorrow! Therefore, as soon as about 15 half bushels of Dixiland are picked tomorrow morning, we will stop any more picking for the day, and stay open only to sell any remaining pre-picked peaches that we may have at the orchard sales shed, until they are all gone.
We will be closed Sunday, and reopen again Monday. Stay "tuned" here for our daily reports, and our day by day expectations for next week.
Thursday, July 19, 2018, 9:55 p.m.
Peach picking was very light today, consisting primarily of Dixiland, which should help to provide a little more fruit for pickers tomorrow....but, there still will not be a huge amount. Come early, and find plenty....come late, and we may close the gate! (Or, at least close off pick-your-own, if customers are having a difficult time finding enough ripe peaches.)
We will have a better than usual supply of pre-picked peaches tomorrow, particularly in smaller box quantities. Tomorrow morning will be the last time this season for us to easily provide pre-picked half bushels for customers, who give us some advanced notice. We will also try to keep a few on hand in the morning, for those who did not order before coming. Additionally, we are now "cleaning out" the last remaining fruit in our Redglobe variety, and as a result have numerous single-layer trays (flats) of tree-ripened "softs", ready to eat, or to make fantastic preserves! Also, for a limited time right now, we have a fair supply of our last white peach variety of the season, Summersweet.
I do expect that we will be "sold out" and closed by noontime tomorrow. More fruit will be ripe for picking on Saturday morning, but not a whole lot! Since Saturdays are usually our busiest day of the week, I would guess the crowd will clean us out of ripe peaches again before noon. We will be closed, as usual, this Sunday, and open at 8:00 a.m. next Monday through Saturday (except for being closed all day on Friday, July, 27th). Due to less and less peaches for the next two weeks, the length of time we will be open each day will be very unpredictable, with the possibility, also, of having to close entirely some days, due to lack of fruit. Keep watching notices posted here.
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5:20 p.m.
There will still be good peach picking if you are here at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning! A total of 35 half bushels were harvested from all three of our current varieties today, and the estimated amount of peaches, ripe enough to pick Thursday, is approximately 25 half bushels. Friday and Saturday will probably be even less. We have on hand a fairly good supply of pre-picked peaches, in small box quantities, available for sale at the shed tomorrow morning, but most likely few, if any half bushels, that have not been pre-ordered.
We will be closing tomorrow at 12:00 noon (or earlier, if we run out of fruit earlier), so that we can prepare for the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, every Thursday, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 6:55 p.m.
Very heavy picking today has significantly reduced the surplus of peaches that we were experiencing the previous several days. Therefore, we are back to the recommendation that customers be here at 8:00 a.m. each day when we open this Wednesday through Saturday, in order to get those peaches that are ripe, and ready to pick. It is very likely that we will have only enough peaches each day to allow pick-your-own for the first couple of hours, and we will no longer be offering discounts for customers picking more than one half bushel. Also, we will have less pre-picked peaches for sale at our shed, as the week progresses. Our Redglobe variety is now almost entirely finished, and Majestic will likewise finish by the end of this week. Dixiland, which was very abundant a couple of days ago, is now declining in production daily, and is expected to finish out by the middle of next week. After that, we will have only a very, very few peaches in the Fayette variety for one or two weeks, and that will be the end of the 2018 peach season for our orchard.
Monday, July 16, 2018, 3:10 p.m.
Another great week for getting peaches. And...., we are getting very close to the end of the peach season for this year! Our Dixiland variety just began its two week harvest season, and it has suddenly ripened a lot of fruit. There is such an abundance of ripe peaches in Dixiland, Redglobe, and Majestic right now that we are offering discounts to customers picking two or more half bushels, so long as we have a surplus of fruit that we are anxious to get picked, and as long as the customer traffic remains as meager as it has been today.
Also, with the slower PYO traffic this week (possibly avoiding the increasingly hot afternoons), our crew is more available to fill orders for pre-picked half bushels ($60 to $72 per box), primarily in the Dixiland variety. Call ahead (830-997-9433) to place an order for a specific pick-up time, or come by early morning, most days, when we should have a few extra boxes on hand, along with a plentiful supply of smaller quantity boxes.
We are now picking a few of our very sweet Sugar Queen cantaloupes each day, for sale at the shed, first come, first serve. We also continue to have zucchini and yellow squash.
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 11:10 p.m.
More peaches Monday than expected! Our Dixiland variety could have 30 to 40 half bushels ready to pick tomorrow...on the first day that it will be open for PYO! Redglobe is almost finished, but there is still plenty of nice fruit for the diligent pickers (price reduced). Majestic also continues to have fairly easy picking, for the first customers that get into it each day this week (price reduced).
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 8:25 p.m.
Fortunately, a lot of people took my caution, and decided not to come today! We had a very moderate, and slowly paced turnout of pick-your-own customers today, which made it a very pleasant day for everyone, with little need to be rushed about picking. Still, we had to shut down pick-your-own around noontime, when it became difficult to find any more ripe peaches. But, we were able to stay open until 5:00 p.m., selling only pre-picked peaches.
We will be closed all day Sunday, allowing time for more peaches to ripen, and be ready for picking again at 8:00 a.m. on Monday. Our Redglobe variety will probably have only enough fruit for one or two more days of pick-your-own, and Majestic will most likely finish before the end of the coming week. Dixiland will be ready for customers to start picking on Monday, and will become more abundant as the week progresses. The total half bushels available for picking on Monday could be as much as 35 to 40.
Friday, July 13, 2018, 7:50 p.m.
Peach picking alert for Saturday: We will again have a limited supply of ripe peaches for customers to pick on Saturday morning! We are expecting there to be no more than about 25 half bushels of ripe peaches, ready for pick-your-own customers. Both our Redglobe and Majestic varieties, which have been plentiful this past week, are now coming to the end of their two week harvest season. This means that there are very few peaches remaining in these trees, and, of these peaches, not all of them will be ripe enough to pick tomorrow.
Therefore, picking conditions will be similar to last Saturday:
1) If at all possible, choose another day to come, early next week. When we close picking early on Saturday, and don't open again until Monday morning, more fruit will have a chance to get ripe, and our next variety, Dixiland, will be ready to start picking, also. 2) If you must come Saturday, be waiting at the gate, when we open at 8:00 a.m. If we have as many people as I suspect that we will have, we will very possibly have to close the gate immediately after the first "wave", allowing only those early customers to pick. We will not allow people to pick green peaches, when we feel like our supply of ripe peaches is exhausted for the day, and any more than 20 cars will probably push us into that situation. 3) Do not come expecting to be able to pick "soft ripe", ready to eat peaches....there won't be any! "Firm ripes" will require several days of additional ripening time at home, before they will be ready to eat. (If there are any over-ripes, they will probably be the "uglies" that other customers have left on the trees, as they picked this week.) 4) If we have an over abundance of pickers for the amount of fruit that we have available for picking, we will have to impose a limit on each family, in order to try to fairly share what we have. That limit will initially be no more than 2 half bushels per family, but could be reduced to only 1 half bushel, if the number of pickers is huge.
We will have only a very few small box quantities of pre-picked peaches for sale Saturday morning....probably no more than a couple of half bushels! If it becomes necessary to close the gate, in order to restrict additional pick-your-own traffic, we may open up again later in the day, in order to sell any remaining pre-picked peaches that are still available after the early morning crowd has exited.
The orchard will again be closed this Sunday, and open at 8:00 a.m. each day next week, beginning Monday. The length of time we will be open each day will be determined by how long we have ripe peaches for that particular day. If the supply begins to get very low, it may become necessary to be closed entirely on some days, to allow ripening to catch up with customer demand. Watch this site carefully for advisories.
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 9:15 p.m.
Another good pick-your-own day....more of the same tomorrow? Customers picked 27 half bushels of peaches today, and we are expecting that there will be another 20 to 25 ripe enough to pick on Friday. If you get here at 8:00 a.m., you should have no trouble finding plenty of beautiful, sweet, firm-ripe peaches to pick. If you don't get here until mid-day, you may find that we have closed down the pick-your-own, because all the ripest fruit has been picked for the day. Even if we have to stop pick-your-own, we will continue to remain open as long as we have pre-picked peaches, and other produce available for sale at the orchard shed.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018, 8:55 p.m.
Fantastic peach picking day today! We had a lot more customers come out for pick-your-own today, and a total of approximately 55 half bushels were picked, which was more than the previous two days combined. The picking was about equal in the two varieties, Redglobe and Majestic, but with much fewer trees in the Majestic variety, we ran out of ripe fruit, and had to stop picking in that variety by noon....we were able to continue picking in Redglobe all the way to 5:00 p.m. There will be more ripe peaches to pick in both varieties again tomorrow morning, but not near as much as there was today. Therefore, tomorrow, and the rest of this week, it will again be important to be here as close to the 8:00 a.m. opening time as possible, since there will be a much greater likelihood that we will run out of ripe peaches early each day.
I expect that we will run out of ripe peaches before noon tomorrow, and, even if we do not, we will be closing at noon, as we usually do every Thursday, so that we can prepare for the Fredericksburg Farmers Market in the afternoon, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The availability of pre-picked peaches, for sale at the orchard shed, will be decreasing each of the next several days, and, most particularly on Saturday, as most all of the remaining fruit in the two current varieties is harvested by pick-your-own customers. We will have very few, if any, half bushels for sale, other than orders that have already been placed for the next several days. We are not taking any more orders for this week, but you can call, and make arrangements for orders for next week.
Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 8:15 p.m.
Even better picking tomorrow! Almost every day this peach season we have had too many pick-your-own customers, and not enough ripe fruit. The last two days have been just the opposite! Therefore, we will probably have the best selection of peaches tomorrow that we have had this season...and most likely for the next several days, as well. If you are hungry for the sweetest, tree-ripened peaches possible...so over-ripe and soft that you can't get them home without bruising...now is the time! We will open at 8:00 a.m., and expect to have so much fruit that we will be open all day, until 5:00 p.m., although your outing will be much more pleasant if you come in the morning, before the oppressive heat, which we are anticipating every afternoon for the rest of this week.
Monday, July 9, 2018, 7:05 p.m.
Hooray! We finally received some very beneficial rains, late yesterday afternoon, and all morning today. As a result of the on and off rain most of today, we had very few pick-your-own customers. Our total peach harvest for today was only about 20 half bushels. This means that there were a lot of ripe peaches left unpicked today. Combining these with the additional fruit which will ripen by tomorrow should make for some exceptional picking! There could easily be 60 to 70 half bushels of peaches ready to pick on Tuesday morning! With this much fruit, customers should be confident that they can come out most all day, and still find plenty of peaches to pick. As always, the best selection goes to those who come early!
For those who wish to purchase pre-picked half bushels of peaches, tomorrow will probably be the most opportune day this week to place those orders (830-997-9433), and pick up the same day. We will also have a very good supply of smaller quantities for sale on the counter at the shed.
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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.
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Dixiland: primary variety available right now
$60.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $3.00/lb. for smaller quantities
($20.00 minimum purchase per family)
Fayette: ready to start picking a few on July 23rd
$60.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $3.00/lb. for smaller quantities
($20.00 minimum purchase per family)
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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A little history!
Peach Harvest -- 2017 (last year)
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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***We wish to thank the following Fredericksburg restaurants for using our strawberries earlier this year in their menus:
The Peach Tree
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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 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.
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
Watch for our sign.
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!)
Call or check back here for current information.
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Click below on pictures of Peaches, Strawberries, and Blackberries
(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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
click here for Spring 2010 peach bloom pictures
(Spring 2010 strawberry pictures)
(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!
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