Roadside peach stands in the Hill Country and North and Central Texas are reporting brisk traffic as peaches ripen in the family-owned orchards that are annual summertime destinations for generations of Texans. And while 2020 may not be a bumper crop, farmers say there should be plenty of sweet peaches available throughout the season.
Concerns over COVID-19 don’t seem to have dampened customers’ interest in visiting peach stands, which have implemented safety protocols related to social distancing, and in some cases, options for curb-side pickup.
Jamey Vogel of Vogel Orchards in Stonewall and his Hill Country neighbors at Burg’s Corner on US 290 likewise attracted swelling numbers. “Not only are the peaches coming in abundance, but so are the customers,” said Kristen Duecker, second-generation manager of the Duecker family’s peach emporium. “We are busier than ever despite the pandemic.”