Friday was supposed to be opening day for the hill country pumpkin patch, but there was more rain pitter-pattering on the plants than pickers.
"I did have two people come and pick pumpkins and had a great time doing it," said Terri Vogel of Vogel Orchards.
The pumpkin patch is one way these hill country peach growers keep people stopping at their fruit stand. They say it helps kids understand where produce comes from.
"Coming out here and taking in the whole farm experience of seeing how the pumpkins are planted, seeing pumpkin blossoms and those blossoms turning into pumpkins and just seeing the whole process," Vogel said.
That process depends on rain, something that's been in short supply.
The Pedernales River near the LBJ Ranch has been dry as the Texas drought stretches on. Friday’s rainstorms helped, but it's going to take a lot more water to get the river flowing. While rivers and lakes need more rain, the downpour was helpful for those who make their money off the land.
"There's no complaining about rain,” Vogel said. “If that means a few less customers, but we get some inches of rain, that's all good."
All good for the still growing pumpkins and the Vogel's other crop.
"More importantly it's going to be really good for the peach trees, because we've been in such a drought lately,” Vogel said. “Any amount of rain that we get, yes will benefit the pumpkins, but in a bigger picture because we are peach farmers it will help the trees significantly for next year's crop."
After a pair of late spring freezes destroyed most of this year's peach crop, anything that will help next year’s peaches is welcome.