Delicious Claims to Fame
From farm stands to fine dining, the culinary options in Fredericksburg are plenty. One reason Hill Country cuisine is so divine is that crops grown in the region influence the local fare year-round. Fredericksburg is located in Gillespie County, where about 40 percent of the peaches grown in Texas are produced. During the summer peach season, roadside stands are overflowing with these beauties, and for the rest of the year, peaches are the star of delectable food products that fill local store shelves.
These stands and shops fill the roads leading out of Fredericksburg, along Highway 290 and Highway 87 South. Vogel Orchard is a wonderful stop for seasonal fruits and vegetables and some comforting homemade peach cobbler. The little shop also sells the Vogel family matriarch’s preserves, jellies, and sauces, such as Nelda’s Peach Preserves, Peach Butter, and Peach Butter Chipotle Sauce, and you’ll want to stock up on all the peachy goodness to enjoy during fall and winter.
Burg’s Corner is another excellent place to find all things peach, all year long. Browse through the local seasonal fruits and vegetables and retail products, from delicious peach cider and salsa to a variety of flavors of peach preserves. At Fischer & Wieser’s Das Peach Haus, you can stock up on a wide array of award-winning gourmet food products-—such as creative sauces, soups, meal starters, salsas, jellies, and peach preserves—that are perfect for entertaining or giving as gifts. Fischer & Wieser also offers wine tastings and the Culinary Adventure Cooking School for a full Hill Country experience.
Among all the herbs, flowers, and foods produced in the area is another homegrown aspect of the Hill Country: pecans. Fredericksburg Pecan Company is proud to sell high-quality Texas Hill Country pecans and just about any pecan product you can imagine—from pies, brittle, and chocolate-covered pecans to syrups, coffees, and preserves with pecan flavor. Pick a pie to serve at a holiday gathering, or buy one of the many tins full of pecan goodies for the perfect holiday present.
If you’re really nuts for pecan pie, head to Fredericksburg Pie Company, where you can’t go wrong with the Traditional Pecan, the Chocolate Pecan, or the unforgettable Bourbon Orange Pecan. The popular pies are baked from scratch daily and sold whole, halved, or by the slice for Texas hospitality at its finest.