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 Frost
By: Russell Wilde 03/25/2013 08:07 PM
Time Warner Cable News

Bumper peach crop threatened by frostWith 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.