FREDERICKSBURG, Texas - For peach lovers, this is the best time of year, and it just so happens this is the best crop of Hill Country peaches in years.
Thanks to spring rains, no late freezes and an overall mild winter, growers have seen a pretty good crop.
"I think we are getting better size this year because of that extra moisture," said Gary Marburger, from the Marburger Orchard.
“This years been perfect,” said Bo Cox, of the Donald Eckhardt Orchard.
Cox said they only had about a 10 percent crop last year.
People are heading to the Hill Country from all over Texas.
Deborah Henson brought her five kids to Marburger’s so they could pick their own peaches for ice cream.
"It's a beautiful summer sunny day in Texas. What better way to spend it with my kids than go peach pickin'?” said Henson.
There are about 20 roadside peach stands around Fredericksburg on Highway 87 and down Highway 290 through Stonewall.
"The people are so awesome. I give them a little sample and their eyes just light up like little kids in a candy store," said Cox.
As great as the season is turning out to be, peach lovers take note: Marburger said the main crop probably won’t last through July like usual.
Since there was a mild winter, the season is two weeks earlier, so if you're looking for a certain kind of peach, take that into consideration.
For a location of peach stands and more general information, go to www.texaspeaches.com.
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