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Ann and Ray
Updated 10/09/2023 contact info: 817-648-2821 or 817-648-8585
Farm tidbit: Pruning the dead wood out and trimming the limbs are important for the health of the tree and ultimately the fruit.
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About Us: Majestic Farm 433 HCR 1306 Whitney, TX 76692
owners: Ray and Ann Mershawn
Started in 2003 with 5 plums trees..the rest is history.....
To produce the most delicious, premium quality fruit straight from the orchard to you.
We provide personal service to pick fruit from the vine or trees and deliver straight to the market or to the customer
A brief history of how Majestic Farms got started When we bought the original 23 acres we really didn’t look at growing an orchard. We wanted to get back to the basics---have a garden, a few fruit trees for jam and then we talked about planting a few more fruit trees and a few more until we now have over 1200 tree, give or take a few. We’ve cut back the blackberries. In the 1200 trees there consist of mostly peach, some pear, plum, and apple trees. We have persimmons, pomegranates, nectarines and apricots. In 2009 Ray retired from his industrial job to manage and work the farm full time – full time means as long as the sun is up and then some. He works hard keep the day-to-day tasks going. I know he enjoys what he does. He likes talking to anyone about the farm, how the fruit grows and how they sweeten. He loves to learn and try new things and yes I have to hold him back—cause no telling what we would have out there. He works to makes things better. He is a very smart guy that has a wide variety of knowledge in so many things. He is on the water broad for our area and on the Farmers Market board in Hillsboro. He started the Hillsboro/Whitney small growers group. He goes to seminars as time allows learning how to make a better fruit, vegetable or a better venue. I worked full time at a company in Waco as a programmer analyst and retired in 2022. During the season, I come home and help where best needed – picking fruit, cleaning baskets, mowing, tractor work, pruning/thinning. I created and maintain the website, face book and emails. I created the logo. During the off season, I make jam, jellies and preserves…Grandma Sugar’s peach, plum, blackberry jam and pear preserves. In the early days, while he worked on other things I would plant the berry rootings. One year I took a PVC pipe and walked along side the rows and planted cantalope seeds. Due to the back issues, I don’t do much planting of the garden any more. During the first 10 years, together we put out the irrigation hoses for the blackberries, peaches, plums, pears and the wires for the blackberry rows. We put out the mulch…he dumped the mulch, I spread it….until we got my most favorite piece of equipment…a mulch spreader. Yeah…I know my back loves it. We planted trees together except for most of the trees on the hill. Together we took an empty water bottle, PVC pipe, a harrow and the RTV and planted black-eyed peas. Due to the drought, they didn’t make much but it was the funniest time I have had in a long time. You see work is good but sometimes you just got to make it fun!! Together we work the farmers market in Hillsboro. There are so many things that make a farm work that it's hard to name it all. We are Majestic Farms…there is only One who gets credit for such wonderful fruit…... Man Planted…God Grown!!!
Fruit Information ..... Plums normally start in June (call first) Plums was the intent of our planting a "few" tree. We want to have homemade plum jam. We planted 5 in 2003, now we have 35. We have 3 different varieties. They make excellent jam and is good to eat too. Delicious, fleshy, succulent plums are low in calories (46 calories per 100 g) and contain no saturated fats; however, contain numerous health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins. For more nutritional information see: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/plums.html Pears: We have 7 different variety. They all are very good to eat, make pear perserves, pie,butter or just plain eating. Peach Infomation: We no longer have Peaches available Information about Peaches: Peaches are usually available June to mid August (call first) We were a young orchard with 20 different varieties--17 freestone and 3 semi-cling. We have 6 white flesh peach that is low acid and is good for patients going through Chemo. Since we were a young orchard we had continued to learn and improve our process of growing and harvesting the premium peach that we were aiming to achieve. We had have been asked numerous times,"What's my favorite peach"? My response is always the same: "the one I'm eating at the time". They are all good. We pick the peaches when they are tree ripen to allow flavor that's out of this world. I love to watch the faces of people when they try one...it's like WOW! Wonderfully delicious peaches are low in calories (100 g just provide 39 calories) and contain no saturated fats. Nonetheless, they are packed with numerous health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins. The best part of our farm was the people who came to the farmers market and who came out and picked and shared their first experience of a tree ripened peach. Loved each and every one. You are what made the work worthwhile. God bless you.
Directions: From Hillsboro take highway 22 west, 1 mile after going through Peoria take FM 3050 North. 3050 turns into a gravel road. You will come to a Y in the road, go right on HCR 1306 we are 1.3 miles on the left. From Whitney take highway 22 east (approx. 6 miles) take FM 3050 North. 3050 turns into a gravel road. You will come to a Y in the road, go right on HCR 1306 we are 1.3 miles on the left.
Blackberry or Peach Cobbler Preheat oven 400 2 9” frozen pie crust. ** Filling: 4 cups blackberries 1 ¼ cup sugar 4 tablespoons flour ¾ cup water ¼ stick butter or margarine 1 teaspoon vanilla Wash and cap berries, drain. Combine berries, sugar, flour, vanilla, and water and place in oven-proof baking dish. Roll out pastry on floured board and cut into 3/4” strips. Place pastry strips on top of berries in a lattice fashion. Bake at 400 degrees for 55 minute or until crust is golden brown. Put dots of butter or margarine on top, sprinkle sugar and cinnamon on top and bake 3 – 5 more minutes. ** Frozen pie crust can be replace by any type of homemade crust.
Links.... www.pickyourown.org https://www.facebook.com/HutchesonFarm
Memories of our time over the years with our orchard. There are so many pictures but so limited space.