Bats & Pecan Orchards for Regenerative Pest Control
We recently partnered with the world-renowned Merlin Tuttle of Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation in an effort to control pests in our pecan orchards using native Texas bats in our area. 16 bat houses of two different designs have been installed in our improved pecan orchards, and controlled experiments will be conducted by Merlin's team to identify the species of bats that inhabit our houses and the specific insects they feed on.
Our hope is that these experiments will show that our native Texas bats feed on pecan orchard pests, and will therefore be an environmentally beneficial and cost-saving alternative to conventional pest control methods.
We invite you to join us on this expedition as we are one of the first pecan orchards in Texas to explore these types of alternative pest control methods. Please watch the informational video below to learn more about the experiment and new partnership between Swift River Pecans LLC and Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation.
Learn more about Merlin Tuttle's Bat Conservation at: https://www.merlintuttle.org/
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Pecan Show Awards
County, Regional & State Award-Winning
Innovative Grower of the Year
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Troy Swift, owner of Swift River Pecans LLC, was recently awarded this honor by the Texas Pecan Growers Association in Frisco, Texas on July 16th, 2019.
State Pecan Show Awards
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Every Year we enter our pecans in Texas County, Regional, and State shows for quality.
Our 2020 varieties that placed were:
Reserve Champion - Oconee
1st - Waco, Oconee, Nacono, Desirable
2nd - Sioux
3rd - Kanza
State Champion Commercial Pecan 2018
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Our Waco variety pecan was awarded State Champion Commercial Pecan by the Texas Pecan Growers Association for the 2018 crop in Texas.
Swift River Pecans is at the Pearl!
Great fun and lots of delicious, locally-sourced food!
Our Market Times (October - December)
We are a seasonal vendor at The Pearl Farmers Market in San Antonio, TX from Oct - Dec. Visit The Pearl's website (https://atpearl.com/vendor/swift-river-pecans/) to find updates on market days.
The market has discontinued their curbside pickup service. Our products can be ordered online through our website if you can't make it to the market and usually ship withing 3-5 business days.
Find us at Our Store in Fentress, TX, Online, or at The Pearl Farmers Market.
It all started with soil, a sapling, and some TLC, and from those humble beginnings, we grew our branches to become Swift River Pecans. We started growing and harvesting pecans in 1998, and since then, we have planted and or grafted over 1000 pecan trees in our two orchards and have opened a retail store where we sell pecans, lumber, big wood slabs, firewood, and other related products and services.
Everything we produce, from our award-winning pecans to our local honey, comes from along the San Marcos River, so you can trust that local and fresh is what we do best. Year-round, rain or shine, we’re your Texas pecan people through and through.
Hours of Operation
Come By For a Tour of our Lumber Mill and Pecan Processing Equipment! We also offer Pecan Variety Taste Tests!
(Really Located in Fentress, TX)
Mon - Sat: 9am - 5pm
Sun (Oct 15th - Christmas): 9am - 5pm
Sun (Rest of Year): Closed