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Vogel Orchard 

Current Crop Update 

May 19th, 2022

2022 Season Nears  
Due to the late winter and drought conditions, the 2022 season will start about 2 weeks later than average.  We expect to start regularly harvesting peaches by mid-week, next week (expected May 25), and will be open daily for the season thereafter.  Once we officially open, daily hours will be 9 am to 6 pm.
Crop Outlook 
The 2022 crop will be a little less than a full due to marginal winter chill and drought conditions.  However, there should be plenty of peaches available most all of the season for our retail market.  All of the early varieties, which tend to need less chill hours, have a strong setting.  There will be a few varieties later on in the season that will be light but we will keep you updated throughout.  

Positive and Negative of Severe Drought Conditions
Positive: the flavor for early peaches, which normally tend to have lower sugar content due to Spring rains and cooler temps, is best during a drought.  We have eaten several peaches already and would compare their flavor to later varieties like Harvester or Majestic!
Negative: droughts suppress the size of the peaches, even where we are able to irrigate.  The best irrigation is no substitute for rain!  Therefore, until this drought subsides, expect to see smaller than normal peaches.
 


Plums and Blackberries

As with peaches, the plums and blackberries will start a couple weeks later than normal.  Both crops look fair but not abundant this season.

New Peach Orchard 

We are so excited to announce we are starting a new chapter at VO with the planting of a brand new orchard. The entire orchard site will be about 35 acres, half of which will be planted this year with 1488 trees. In this first phase, we will plant 620 Loring, 496 Dixiland, 186 Flame Prince and 186 O'Henry trees. This will be the first planting on virgin orchard land by the Vogel family in nearly 50 years. We will post updates as we continue through the process. 

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Social Media 

While we have kept in touch with our customers via phone, email, and Facebook for years now, we have recently started our Instagram journey. We felt it was important to provide our customers with photo updates about the season, and it has shown great success! Follow us using the link below. 

Store Location 

12862 US HWY 290 E

Fredericksburg, Texas 78624