How to get the best peaches you’ll buy this summer

The Northwest Austin Kiwanis are selling peaches to raise money for local nonprofits and community projects. Photo from Northwest Austin Kiwanis.

The Northwest Austin Kiwanis are selling peaches to raise money for local nonprofits and community projects. Photo from Northwest Austin Kiwanis.

Fredericksburg peaches get a lot of love around Central Texas, and for good reason.

The area around that small town west of Austin was known for peaches for long before it was known for wine, but I must confess: My favorite peaches don’t actually come from Frederickburg.

Every year, the Northwest Austin Kiwanis host a peach sale fundraiser that brings in gigantic peaches from East Texas. They are huge, sweet, succulent and practically flawless. You have to buy a 22-pound box of them, but after you’ve tried them, you won’t mind having so many on hand.

This year, instead of having two pick-up dates in July and another two in September, the group will have one pick-up date in each month.

You can buy the box of peaches from McPeak Orchards in Pittsburg for $46. July 1 is the deadline to order the peaches, which you can pick up between 8:30 a.m. to noon July 9 at Anderson High School. (The September peaches come from Colorado, and that pick-up date has not been announced.)

Orders can be placed online at nwaustinkiwanis.org/peaches or by calling Cortney Ferris at 512-923-5419. Each year, the peach sale proceeds allow the Kiwanis to support dozens of local community groups. This year, the club has partnered with Key Club of Anderson High School and has committed to giving $14,000 to nearly two dozen projects.

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