JULY Peaches are Here Already?

That’s right…. it’s only June but the peaches we usually begin to see coloring on July 4th are ready to be picked.
photo2 image  photo3      And did we pick some pretty stuff today!  We have been picking Lorings, Redglobes, Surecrop, Julyprince, Regals, right along with Harvesters and Cornets.  The timely rains have encouraged these beauties along and they seem to be in a hurry to arrive.  So we have been keeping our picking trailer in high gear, making sure we capture every peach as it gets ready.  For those of you who like to order ahead and pick up at our various locations, I urge you to begin your pilgrimages now!  Its time to come for freestone peachesphoto8photo4

We have finally settled in to these locations for our out of town trucks:

CONROE at Woodbury Community Gardens at 2600 Longmire Road on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (9am to 4pm or sellout)1165

WACO at Cefco at 616 LakeAir Drive on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (9am to 4pm or sellout)246

HUNTSVILLE at Skipper’s Phillips 66 at exit 116 on the east side of I-45 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (9am to 4pm or sellout)043 (2)

CENTERVILLE at Los Robles on the west side of I-45 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (9am to 4pm or sellout)268

If you are driving a long distance to any of these locations please call on that day to make sure we are there as plans can change if things happen beyond our control.

 

FAIRFIELD at Cooper Farms Country Store at exit 198 on the west side of I-45 is our favorite location! (open every day of the week from 7am to 10 pm)inside_store_5-7-11photocooperfarms_store

 

We have partnered with Central Markets Stores in Austin/Westgate, Ft. Worth, Southlake, Plano, Dallas/Lovers, and Houston/Westheimer where you can shop at your convenience in the produce department.

College Station H-E-B is making our peaches available for those in the Bryan/College Station and surrounding area.  As we deliver jarred product to the various H-E-B stores in the Houston area, we will also make an effort to take peaches along with that delivery.  So don’t be surprised if you see our peaches in an HEB in your area now and again.

SO HOW DO ALL THOSE PEACHES GET TO ALL THESE LOCATIONS?

A typical day here at the farm begins at 5am.  As Brady Johnson is loading trucks for out of town, our driver going to the Central Market stores has already left out a few hours before.  Tim is making breakfast and trying to wake Kathy up with a cup of coffee.  By 6 Tim has breakfast ready for Kathy and Brady and himself.  Liz will be getting up knowing the stands in Fairfield need a supply of peaches to start off the morning.  By 6:30 Brady and Kathy are out the door going to the fields on the picking trailer.  Tim will be on the tractor most of the morning taking care of the irrigation, weed control,  and looking at fruit that will be picked in the following days.  Liz is making sure all the out-of town trucks are on their way and the roadside stand in Fairfield is supplied.  Meanwhile Ben is starting the day at Cooper Farms Country Store.

Picking goes on all morning from 6:30 to 12:00 when everyone gets a 30 minute break for lunch and some rest.  Then it’s back to filling up those boxes, trudging through mud, and tall grass, making sure every tree on the row is looked at and every ready peach is captured.  While Kathy separates peaches and inspects peaches, she tries to answer phone calls and emails on her cell phone as the picking trailer rocks along going down the rows.  If rain showers don’t interrupt the rhythm of the tractor wheels, the trailer gets filled up twice a day and all the peaches head for the shed.  Once there the peaches are place in cold storage to draw out the orchard heat.  This gets them ready to be shipped either to roadside stands or stores.  Brady and Liz palletize the peaches in the evening and load them on the truck going to Central Market the night before they go out.  Everything is ready for the driver to take them on their way in the early hours of the night.  The peaches going to the roadside stands are palletized  the night before and left in the coolers overnight, ready to be loaded right before leaving out the following morning.  By 9 pm everyone is ready to drop into bed and get some sleep before doing it all over again the next day.  But before going to sleep we thank our Heavenly Father for the bounty, for the strength, for his goodness and for his salvation.  We are reminded its all about HIM.

God is good all the time and all the time God is Good.

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3 thoughts on “JULY Peaches are Here Already?

  1. Do the Out of Town Trucks and Central Market stores have your peach salsa and other products or only produce?

    1. Our out of town trucks do not carry our peach salsa. We sell our peach salsa on cooperfarmscountrystore.com or if you would like to special order a case of peach salsa, we can arrange for pickup on one of our out of town trucks! If you let me know where you are located, I can let you know the closest grocery store to you that would carry our jarred products! You can email me with your location at cooperfarmspeaches@gmail.com and I will let you know the closest grocery store with out delicious peach salsa!

  2. Just wanted you to know that my husband and I were driving south on I45 and stopped at your store. Of course we bought peaches but who could pass up that delicious peach ice-cream and peach cobbler? Both were so yummy!
    Thank you for those peaches, the ice-cream and the cobbler.

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