Sometimes, inspiration strikes at the strangest times. As I was preparing my grocery list this week, my wonderful mother-in-law stopped by with a box of very fresh, very ripe peaches. She had been to the local farmers’ market, and they gave her an amazing deal on the whole box because they were so ripe and needed to be eaten as soon as possible.
Take a drive through the Texas Hill Country in the summer and you can’t help but find fruit stands of all varieties along the farm-to-market roads.
I was recently down in the area talking with peach growers about this year’s crop, and I met Ricky Priess. He and his family operate a peach orchard in Stonewall near Fredericksburg. 2011 was a rough year for peach growers, like every other farmer in Texas, because of the drought. But after talking with Ricky, I learned that peach farmers take the good with the bad.