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Parker County Peach Festival: Saturday July 14, 2012

Ripe, juicy peach ready for harvest
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Yippee! The Parker County Peach Festival is finally here!

Every year, everyone in the Fort Worth area heads on down to Weatherford to immerse themselves in all things peach, and thanks to springtime rains and the hot Texas sun, the trees are full of tasty fuzzy treats.

With over 200 art/craft, food and activity booths, there’s bound to be something for everyone in your family.

Take a trip back to yesteryear at the Parker County Peach Festival, held in Historic Downtown Weatherford, Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be the 28th Annual Peach Festival, which always takes place on the second Saturday in July. Admission is only $5 for adults and FREE for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance for a discounted price of $4.00 at the Weatherford Chamber office at 401 Fort Worth here for more info on the festival.

This versatile fruit can be enjoyed raw or cooked in a wide variety of recipes. Add frozen slices to smoothies, add fresh chunks to salsas, make preserves, or even that old standby; canned peach half topped with cottage cheese. Cinnamon and cloves pair with it very well.

Even under ideal conditions, peaches are difficult to grow without pesticides although many farmers are trying low-spray (reduced amounts of spraying sessions during the growing season) techniques with success. Just ask the growers when you shop the markets. At the grocery store, look for stickers that start with the number "9". This indicates that the produce is organic…click here to read more about peaches.

If you can't make it to the festival - don't fret. Red River Peach Orchard lets you pick your own. They even supply the boxes and bags. Just north of Fort Worth in Gainesville, you can make it a family here for more info.


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