About Jenschke Orchards
Once upon a time about 25 years ago, there was a little boy, his red
Flyer wagon and his daddy, the farmer. One day the boy said, “Daddy, let's
pick some of our veggies and go down to the Austin Highway (currently known
as ‘Wine Road 290) and sell them. It was a success and hence was born the
oldest self-serve stand in Gillespie County. That was the beginning of a
tradition that continues today. Currently, the Jenschkes, father and
son, Travis and Barrett, run the orchard and family farm together. And, of
course, behind every successful man is a woman. Sandra and Lindsey can do
almost everything the men can do. For example, drive tractors, plow, feed
livestock, build/repair fence, drench, vaccinate, and on and on...
Travis and Sandra Jenschke have three children; Bridget, Tiffany, and
Barrett. The Seven Wonders of Their World are their grandchildren; Tanner,
Kendra, Tucker, Klay, Ava, Gage, and Grace.
Bumper Peach Crop Threatened By
By: Russell Wilde 03/25/2013 08:07 PM
Time Warner Cable News
peach trees blooming, some Hill Country growers are going to great lengths to
avoid a hard freeze this week. When the mercury dipped below 32 degrees early
Monday morning, Travis Jenschke, of Jenschke Orchards, was ready. "About 5:30
a.m., we had 30 degrees and by that time we had all the fires going," Jenschke
said. Monday afternoon the hay bales that he burned were still smoking and the
peach buds had survived the night. While Jenschke uses the smoky fires to
protect his crop, some of his neighbors have other methods. "One guy has a
helicopter. We saw some helicopters down there this morning about 5 a.m. That
circulates the air down in here," he said.
Whatever the means, the goal is the same—keeping the peach buds above
freezing—which is why, when a freeze is forecasted, growers watch the
temperature all night long. "When it gets to where we think it's going to
freeze, we'll start the fires up again and hopefully the wind will drift the
smoke over this way," Jenschke said.
The hope is the smoke from that fire will blow into the orchard and will keep
things a degree or two warmer around the trees. They say that could be enough to
make the difference between healthy peaches and an insurance claim. "I do have
them insured in case we do have a total loss,” Jenschke said. “We'd rather have
a good crop than an insurance check." He’s hopeful that with the fires, a
little breeze, and some luck, his orchard will survive—at least until Mother
Nature sends the next challenge. "If we get by tonight, I think our next problem
will be hail and there's nothing I can do about that," he said. As long as
temperatures don't dip below freezing for too long, the first peaches should be
ripe and ready to eat in early May.