Pick-Your-Own Peaches, Strawberries, Blackberries
In Fredericksburg in the Beautiful Hill Country of Texas

 Marburger Orchard

38 Years of Quality Fruit & Memorable Experiences

Kiowa blackberries

 


Open 9:00 a.m. to noon this week

Vegetables!  Sugar Queen cantaloupe!

Blackberries finished?

Strawberries finished -- next crop Spring 2018

No more peaches....very minimal crop this year, due to lack of winter chilling

For the latest information, read the dated postings below.

 

Thursday, July 20, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

    Today we will again be at our weekly Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with our current produce (no peaches):  cantaloupe, tomatoes, zucchini, onions, okra, sweet peppers.  We will have a very limited supply of all of these, so come early!

    The orchard will again be open for purchases of this produce this Friday and Saturday morning, 9:00 a.m. until noon.  These will be the last days this year that we will be able to be open regular hours, due to lack of staffing.  However, we will continue to harvest our current produce items for several more weeks, and you are welcome to call, and make arrangements for a convenient time to come by, and make purchases.  If you get the answering machine, leave your name and phone number (slowly and clearly, please), and I will call you back to let you know when someone will be available for you.

    (Continue reading previous updates below, for more information.  Unless there are significant changes, I will most likely post updates only a couple of times each week, rather than daily.)

 

Monday, July 17, 2017

   Most of the information posted below for Saturday continues to apply to this week.  The exception is that now all of the strawberry fields have been removed, in preparation for rebuilding and replanting this fall.

 

Saturday, July 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m.

    We were open this morning, but are now closed for the remainder of Saturday, and all day Sunday.  We will again be open 9:00 a.m. to noon this coming Monday through Friday (and maybe Saturday).  After July 22nd, customers will need to call (830-997-9433), and make arrangements for an appointed time to come to the orchard for purchases.  I suggest doing that also this next week, if there are specific items and quantities that you want us to hold for you.

    NO PICK-YOUR-OWN!

    There continues to be a good selection of vegetables.  Cantaloupes are steadily ripening, and being picked each day.  Our onion crop, which was harvested several weeks ago, is abundant, and is holding up well in our walk-in cooler (we have great prices on 25 lb. quantities, or more, and especially on slightly damaged, but very useable, onions).  The tomato plants are just now beginning a resurgence...we're expecting a surplus over the next 2 or 3 weeks, which means we can offer discounts for larger quantities, and possibly allow some pick-your-own.  Zucchini and yellow squash are still being harvested daily.  Okra, pickling cucumbers, and slicing cucumbers are just beginning to be harvested daily, but not in great quantities....best to call, and reserve these several days in advance.

    Anyone wanting to still search for a few blackberries or strawberries is welcome to have a go at it, for a few more days.  All strawberry plants will probably be removed by the middle of this coming week!  And, I have still seen a very few blackberries that have not yet quite ripened!

 

Thursday, July 13, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

    Open this Friday and Saturday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to noon, for the sales of our produce at the orchard shed  --  no pick-your-own!  Our pick-your-own crops are strawberries, blackberries, and peaches....these are all finished for this year.

 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

    We have probably picked and sold the last of our peaches for this year!  Although we are continuing to harvest some of our other crops daily, we no longer have any fruits or vegetables that are available for pick-your-own.  As long as they last, we will have cantaloupe, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, seeded table grapes, cucumbers, and okra for sale.  We will attempt to be open 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday, until July 22nd, for customers to come make purchases at the orchard shed.  After that, please call (830-997-9433), and leave a message with your name and phone number, if you would like to make arrangements for a specific time to come make your purchases.

    Tomorrow we will again be at our weekly Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with our current produce (no peaches).  Depending on the continuation of our various crops, I expect to be able to participate in this market for another 3 or 4 weeks.

 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

    We had very few customers again today, and, because of this, we will have a very, very few peaches when we open Wednesday morning.  These will be almost entirely the "not-so-pretty" #2 peaches (leftovers), in several small box quantities.  I think this should pretty much finish our peach season for this year!  Varieties that we normally harvest in late July (primarily Dixiland) have no crop, whatsoever!  The only possible "peaches" that we may have from this point on are the tiny, "runt" fruit that ripen only on a few trees in some varieties, several weeks after the normal crop.  These have a very small seed, and can be quite sweet....probably good for preserves.

    Blackberries are now finished for this year...., but, we're not telling customers that they can't try to find a few!

    We are still continuing to harvest some of our other great produce, for sale at the orchard shed, including our very sweet Sugar Queen cantaloupe!

 

Monday, July 10, 2017, 12:45 p.m.

    Customer traffic was very light this morning, and, as a result, we have a few peaches still available for sale tomorrow morning.

 

Sunday, July 9, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

    We will be open Monday morning, at 9:00 a.m., after being closed the last two days, because we had so very little fruit available for sale, or to pick.  We picked Redglobe peaches again today, for the first time in three days, and were able to find 5 crates, which is a little more than we expected, but still not much compared to a "normal" year.  We will have these peaches for sale at the orchard shed tomorrow morning, along with a very good supply of cantaloupe, which we have been picking each of the last several days.  We also still have onions, zucchini, tomatoes, and, occasionally, some other vegetables.  Oh, and I almost forgot, we have now harvested our meager crop of Victoria Red, seeded grapes!  If you don't mind a couple of seeds in each berry, they are an excellent table grape!  I also squeezed some delicious grape juice from them last year, and hope to do more again.

    Blackberry and strawberry season is essentially finished, but, if any of our customers want to spend the time looking for what few are still on the plants, we'll let you go for it!

 

Thursday, July 6, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

    We will again have about 20 small boxes of Redglobe peaches to sell at the orchard on Friday!  There have been so few peaches that we have been searching for only the ripest ones every other day.  We picked this afternoon, and found only 5 crates (apx. 25 lbs. per crate).  This fruit has been boxed, and is ready to sell, first come, first serve Friday morning, starting at 9:00 a.m.  Depending on the number of customers showing up in the first half hour, we will most likely, again, limit purchases to only 2 small boxes per customer (or family), in order to distribute what little fruit we have to as many customers as possible.  I would expect all available peaches to be sold within the first hour or two.

    This will most likely conclude our 2017 peach season!  Whatever very few peaches we may be able to find ripening later than this will probably be reserved for family (I still haven't put any in the freezer yet for myself this year!), and to "pay" friends and neighbors for their volunteer services at the orchard this year.

    Therefore, because we do not expect to have any peaches to sell on Saturday, and because blackberry picking has come to an end, we have decided to be closed Saturday.  We will also be closed Sunday.  Our current plan (which could change) is to be open this next Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to noon, to allow customers the opportunity to come make purchases of whatever produce we are still harvesting.  Again, there is very little chance that we will have any peaches for sale beyond tomorrow.  Our later season peach varieties have virtually no fruit, whatsoever.

 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017, 5:30 p.m.

    We will have no peaches to sell at the orchard on Thursday!  All that we had picked yesterday were sold this morning.  We will search for more that have ripened by late tomorrow afternoon, and those will be available to sell to customers when we open on Friday morning....first come, first serve....limited to no more than 2 small boxes per customer.  We are anticipating that we will have even less peaches Friday than we had today, and, because of that, we will again have no peaches on Saturday.

    Because we will have no peaches on Saturday, and because it looks like there will be no more blackberries to pick by Saturday, we will be closed entirely on Saturday and Sunday.  Beginning next Monday, we will open at 9:00 a.m. each morning, and remain open no more than 2 or 3 hours each day, allowing customers to come purchase any of the other produce that we are still harvesting -- cantaloupe, tomatoes, yellow squash, zucchini, and onions.  If there are still any peaches left to be harvested over the weekend, we will also have those for sale, as they become available, but it is very doubtful that there will be enough to count on having.  This will be the end of the peach season for this year.  Our late varieties, Dixiland and Fayette have no crop whatsoever.

    We will be open for a couple of hours at 9:00 a.m. both Thursday and Friday morning.  Customers are welcome to try to pick the last remaining blackberries either of those days.

    Tomorrow is again our weekly Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  We will have a very few peaches to sell there, in limited small quantities, along with several other produce items, including our cantaloupe!

   

Tuesday, July 4, 2017, 8:20 p.m.

    We were closed today, July 4th.  We will be open tomorrow morning, Wednesday, July 5th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon.  We picked all the Redglobe peaches this afternoon, that were ripe enough to pick today, and were able to find about 8 crates (25 lbs. per crate)....an exceptional amount in a year when most of our trees don't even have a single peach!  This will give us about 20 to 30 small boxes (1/16th & 1/8th bushel boxes) to sell to customers Wednesday, and possibly also Thursday, if all are not sold Wednesday.  If there are quite a few customers trying to purchase peaches, we may impose a limitation of only 2 or 3 boxes per customer (or family), in order to try to disperse our limited supply more fairly.  Some of today's pick is being reserved for customers at the farmers market on Thursday afternoon.

 

Monday, July 3, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

    Because we have so very few peaches this year, there is no need for us to be open every day to keep up with the harvesting of ripe fruit.  Therefore, we will be closed Tuesday, July 4th, allowing us to have holiday time with family.  May you and your families also enjoy a happy and safe celebration of this wonderful country that we are blessed to live in!

    We will be making our next attempt to pick a few Redglobe peaches, before we open at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, and will have these to sell in small quantities to the first customers to arrive that morning.  We will need to hold back some of this picking for our customers on Thursday at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, and, therefore, I expect that our supply for sale on Wednesday will be quite limited.  If we sell all available peaches on Wednesday, we will not have any peaches for sale at the orchard on Thursday, although we will still be open for the sale of other produce.  Possibly our last picking of Redglobe will be done on Thursday afternoon, for sale here at the orchard on Friday morning.  At this time, we do not expect to be open this coming Saturday, due to the anticipated completion of both the blackberry and peach season, as well as a lack of adequate staffing.

    The orchard will be open this Wednesday through Friday at 9:00 a.m., and closing at noon, or earlier, depending on the amount of available produce, and the amount of customer traffic.  Customers can still attempt to pick-your-own blackberries each day this week, but the picking is becoming more difficult each day, as the blackberries come to the end of their season.

    Don't forget, we also have other produce that we grow here, and sell at our orchard shed, as well as at the farmers market!

 

Sunday, July 2, 2017, 8:55 p.m.

    We were closed today, and we will be closed Tuesday, July 4th....but, we will be open Monday morning (until we sell out!...before noon?).

    Our crew searched for more ripe peaches to pick today, and came up with about 15 to 20 small boxes of Redglobe, which will be for sale at our shed Monday, on a first come, first serve basis, with a probable limitation of no more than two boxes per customer (or family).  Although we will make a couple more attempts to pick later this week, Monday's supply will most likely be the greatest for any day, and, when this variety is finished, our peach season will be over for this year!

    Blackberries will still be available for pick-your-own this week, but the picking is becoming more difficult, as we approach the end of the blackberry season.

    Our Sugar Queen cantaloupes are now in great production daily!  Anyone who has tasted them claims that they are the sweetest they have ever eaten!

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017, 4:00 p.m. (CLOSED)

    A strangely quiet Saturday morning, with very light customer traffic, allowed us to remain open until 2:00 p.m. today!  We will be open again Monday morning, with that being the best chance to purchase Redglobe peaches from us this year.

 

Friday, June 30, 2017, noon (CLOSED)

    Open only a couple of hours again this morning!  Open again Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m., for probably no more than one or two hours!

 

Thursday afternoon, June 29, 2017, 1:05 p.m. (CLOSED)

    We were open only 2 hours this morning, due to heavier customer traffic, and having an insufficient amount of fruit for any additional pickers!  And, we expect that situation to be even more critical the next two days!  If you want to pick blackberries this Friday or Saturday, be here at 9:00 a.m.!  If we have a lot of customers, when we open the gate, we may not formally "open" either day, but only try to provide for those early arrivals, both in the pick-your-own, and in the other produce for sale at our counter.  Sorry folks, but when nature deprives us of our main summer crop, peaches, trying to stay open, with so little to sell, becomes very frustrating for both you and us!  If you are interested in any of the other produce we are growing (usually in fairly limited quantities), by all means, try to call us, and arrange for a mutually convenient time to come by, and make those purchases, during the next month or two!

    There will be no peaches for sale on Friday, with the exception of a very few "seconds", and those will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  We will attempt to scour the orchard again late Friday, in hopes of picking at least a couple of 25 pound crates of partially ripe peaches, to have for sale to customers Saturday morning, in small quantities (probably no more than 4 or 5 pounds per customer).

    Again, due to the daily limitations of produce that we have to offer, our hours of operation are becoming more, and more restricted!  This Friday and Saturday...probably no more than two hours.  Closed entirely Sunday, and the 4th of July.  All other days next week, Monday through Saturday, we will attempt to be open 9:00 a.m. until noon.

 

Wednesday evening, June 28, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

    We still have very good blackberry picking....50 pounds picked today!  The picking should continue to be good the remainder of this week (not likely next week), but be here early each day, just to be sure.

    No strawberries were picked today, which means there should be enough tomorrow to reward one or two dedicated searchers!

    Our Sugar Queen cantaloupes disappeared quickly today!  We will be harvesting more each day....come early, before they sell out!

    We will have a very, very few peaches for sale here at the orchard Thursday....mostly blemished, and/or still very firm (slightly green, to get it off the trees before birds and animals ruin it!).  These peaches are from our Bounty and Redglobe varieties.  When we finish searching for the nearly non-existent fruit in these two varieties over the next 10 days, we do not expect to find enough fruit in any of our later varieties to sell to our customers this year.  NO PICK-YOUR-OWN PEACHES THIS YEAR!

    Tomorrow is again our weekly Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.  We will also have a very few peaches to sell there, along with several other produce items.

    Onion surplus!  Due to an over-abundance of our wonderful, sweet onions (yellow Candy, and Red Candy Apple), we are offering discounts on bulk purchases.  The regular price is $1.00 per pound.  Purchases of 25 pound boxes are $.50 per pound.  We also have blemished onions for sale in bulk, at even more reduced prices....great for immediate use, such as salsa making, or chopping and freezing for future use!

 

Tuesday evening, June 27, 2017, 6:50 p.m.

    First day of harvest for our very sweet Sugar Queen cantaloupe Just a few today, but we are expecting them to increase significantly in numbers every day this week!

    Otherwise, the information, posted yesterday for today, is the same for tomorrow.  Hope to see you here!

 

Monday evening, June 26, 2017, 6:10 p.m.

    Blackberry picking today was still abundant, but very few people came out to pick!  Therefore, tomorrow looks excellent for picking, and the weather looks like it will be relatively comfortable....early!

    No peaches tomorrow.  A few strawberries for anyone willing to spend some time looking for them.  Lots of great vegetables at the sales shed!  Tomatoes, sweet onions, zucchini, etc.

 

Saturday afternoon, June 24, 2017, 4:05 p.m.

    A few customers came out early enough today to pick blackberries before it started raining!  By 11:00 a.m., the rain was persistent enough that we went ahead, and closed before noon.  We are now closed until 9:00 a.m. Monday (open Mon. - Sat. 9:00 a.m. to noon).  The forecast is for a chance of rain the next 3 days....come prepared!

    We received approximately .50" of rain today...very welcome!  Summer rains are rare, and much appreciated.  It looks like our temperatures the next several days will also be more pleasant.

    With the rain today, my crew has quickly shifted gears.  A little moisture in the ground makes some tasks easier, like pulling weeds, entangled in the cantaloupe vines.  Also, this afternoon, the crew has begun mowing down some of the strawberry fields, in preparation for removing the plastic bed covers and irrigation lines...this work is much easier when the soil is a little wet.  When that is done, we will plow under the remaining plant material, as soon as possible, so that it will have time enough to decompose, before we rebuild beds, and plant new plants in September and October.

    Blackberry picking should continue to be moderately good each day this coming week.  However, the volume will start to diminish day by day.

 

Friday afternoon, June 23, 2017, 2:10 p.m.

    We closed at noon today, and we will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.  WE WILL HAVE NO PEACHES TO SELL THIS SATURDAY!  And, we may have no more peaches this season to sell here at the orchard.  Whatever few we may have will be sporadic and unpredictable, and we may reserve them for once a week sale at the Thursday Fredericksburg Farmers Market.  Keep watching our updates here.

    There were a lot of customers who came out today to do pick-your-own blackberries, and it looks like the blackberry picking will be pretty good again on Saturday morning.  However, with a large crowd, I suspect that most of the ripe berries will be picked out within the first two hours.  Depending on the traffic, and how long our produce holds out, we expect to be closed by noon, or possibly earlier.  We will be closed Sunday.

 

  

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 Peach Harvest

(updated 5/29/2017)

   Our peach crop will be extremely limited this year, due to an unusually warm winter, resulting in the lack of required "chilling hours", or dormancy.  There will be so few peaches that there will be no pick-your-own in peaches this year!  We will pick ourselves, what little we have in all varieties, and sell them at our orchard sales shed, and at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, as they are available.  All area growers, including ourselves, are expecting a very meager crop on our early peach varieties (now through mid-June), and essentially no crop on the more popular mid-June to late July varieties.  Our advise, if you want any peaches at all this year....buy early, and take what you can get, when you can get it!  Do not expect to be able to buy half bushel quantities....the sparse crop will be too valuable to sell in anything other than smaller box quantities. 

    We will finish harvesting our first variety, Regal, in the next couple of days.  Over a 10 day period, we will harvest only approximately 60 half bushels (25 pounds per half bushel).  This is an average of 150 pounds per day.  In a "good" year, our peach crop averages about 1250 pounds, daily, for about two months, from our ten varieties!  Regal has had more peaches per tree than any of our other varieties will have this year!  Many trees will have absolutely no fruit!  I'm expecting less than 50 pounds per day, average, for the June varieties, with virtually no crop at all on the July varieties.  And, there will be many days when we have no peaches, whatsoever, to sell!

    Beware:  If you see anyone this year selling "Texas Peaches" anywhere other than a permanent, grower owned and operated fruit stand, those peaches are almost certainly "imported"!

 

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    ***We are experimenting with a fairly new agricultural concept....the use of "high tunnels" to alter the climate conditions for growing crops.  A high tunnel is similar to a huge greenhouse, but normally without the advantage of heating or cooling, other than by closing or venting.  Currently, we have about 10% of our strawberries in these structures, and we have planted a few tomato plants in remaining available space.  I will try to post pictures, as time permits.

 

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Other news:

    ***We wish to thank the following Fredericksburg restaurants for using our strawberries in their menus:

The Peach Tree

Vaudeville

Sunset Grill

Buffalo Nickel

Cabernet Grill

August E's

 

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Strawberry Prices

Pick-your-own price:  Now reduced to $2.50 per pound  ($5.00 minimum purchase), plus a one time $.75 charge for the re-usable berry box (6 to 7 pound capacity).

 

Pre-picked prices (when available):  $6.00 for quart containers;  $4.00 per pound for 5 pounds or more in loose, bulk containers (best to order ahead)

(When we have pre-picked strawberries, the price is usually at least a dollar a pound more, unless they are discounted because they are smaller, less attractive, or over-ripe.)

 

Blackberry Prices

Pick-your-own price:  $3.50 per pound  ($5.00 minimum purchase), plus a one time $.75 charge for the re-usable berry box (6 to 7 pound capacity).

 

Pre-picked prices (when available):  $8.00 for quart containers;  $4.50 for pint containers;  $5.50 per pound for 5 pounds or more in loose, bulk containers (best to order ahead)

 

 

Our preferred method of payment is cash or check.  However, we are now also equipped to accept credit or debit cards (for a small fee).

 

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Hours of Operation

Change in "Hours of Operation" -- effective June 7, 2017, we will be closing at noon, Monday - Saturday

(We are continuing to open at 9:00 a.m.  -- traditionally, we would now be opening at 8:00 a.m., to allow peach pickers an earlier start on hot summer days, which is not necessary this year!)

Open by appointment only after July 22nd.

Our "strawberry season hours"  --  ripe fruit and weather conditions permitting  --  are normally as follows (with frequent exceptions):  open at 9:00 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays, and close at 5:00 p.m., if not earlier.  We will always close early (or entirely) on any day when we feel like the remaining fruit is not ripe enough to be picked.  We strongly recommend coming early in the day to have the best selection, and to avoid arriving after we have had to close.  Occasionally, we must close a full day or more, in order to assure that our customers will have the ripest, best tasting fruit.  It is a good idea to check here, or call our answering machine (830-997-9433), the night before you plan to come, and also if you cannot make it out until later in the day, to be sure that we will be open,

Very often we are closed on Sunday, because we have had so many customers on Saturday that the fields need an extra day of rest to catch up on ripening.

 

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   ***Again this year, we will have for you excellent quality Nicaraguan coffee  --  check back here in the coming weeks for more information about my family's involvement where it is grown, about the new "branding" of the coffee, and about the larger selection of products, which we will have available.

 
 

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Typical happenings at Marburger Orchard from previous years

(I will attempt to post current pictures and happenings as time permits!)

 

 Our peach trees blooming in March, 2014!

(full bloom in 2015 was about one week later--around March 22-26)

Bounty peach trees in bloom 3/18/14

 

Orchard tasks, year-round!

(The following was posted late Spring 2013.)

The major orchard task from January through March was getting all of the peach trees pruned before they bloomed in mid-March.

    Peach trees need an accumulation of "chilling hours" during the winter months in order to grow vigorously and produce a good crop in the spring and summer.  Because of a mostly mild winter, our trees had inadequate chilling.  Therefore, we did a chemical spray of the trees during the second week of February, which we hoped would enhance this chilling requirement.  It appeared that this spray did help.  However, there were some varieties, and some individual trees, that showed the effects of inadequate chilling by being slow to "leaf out".  This delayed start in the spring was probably responsible for some of the delayed ripening that we saw on some of our peach varieties.

Other ongoing orchard tasks include mowing, spraying weeds, irrigating, fertilizing, and monitoring for insect pests.

Normally, in April and May we devote the majority of our time to "thinning" excessive fruit off of the peach trees, so that the remaining fruit can grow larger in size.  Of course, with the loss of most of this crop to the severe freeze in late March, there was very little need for thinning this year.

Once there was very little chance of additional late freezes, during the first week of April we planted our tomato plants and most of the seeds for our summer vegetables.

After the orchard is closed to customers in late summer, we do not re-open until strawberry season begins in late February or early March.  During that off time, we stay busy with planting and caring for the new strawberry plants, and maintaining the peach trees, which includes cutting out dead limbs and trees, irrigating, and controlling weeds, plus equipment repair and maintenance.

 

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Pictures of Events During Past Years

 

January 4, 2013  --  snow pictures!

Fayette peach trees

 

Strawberry field  --  peach orchard in the background

 

A blanket of snow on a strawberry plant

 

October 18, 2012  --  strawberry planting time

Our 16,000 strawberry plants arriving, in preparation for planting the next week.

 

The beds were built in September, and in this picture we are connecting the irrigation, in preparation for planting.

 

 

 

October 16, 2014   Planting strawberries!

 

 

Strawberries

Strawberry season is primarily March and April.  In June/July we remove the old plants, take out the old plastic and irrigation lines, and plow up the field.  In September we rebuild the plastic-covered beds, and in October we plant new plants.

 

 

 

 

Peaches

Peaches are our primary crop!

 We have 10 varieties, normally ripening between mid-May and early August.  Each variety lasts approximately two weeks, with the peak of production being in the middle of that two weeks.  Since the ripening dates for each variety vary from one year to the next, based on constantly changing weather conditions, I can only estimate  the ripening dates for the varieties.  I continue to revise these estimated dates during the harvest season.

  January through early March is the time when each tree in the orchard is meticulously hand-pruned, to create the most desirable structure for a healthy crop.  Peach trees produce best when they have had adequate "chilling hours" during their winter dormancy, from November through February.  During this dormancy, freezes do not usually cause any harm to the trees.  The trees bloom and set their fruit in March, followed by the emergence of the new foliage.  In April, our workers begin the tedious work of thinning.  Thinning is the task of removing excessive fruit, so that the remaining peaches can grow to larger size.  This work is done almost exclusively by hand, one peach at a time, and is usually not completed in all varieties until late May!

From late February to early April, we are always vulnerable to freezing weather, which can result in either a partial or total loss of the year's peach crop.  Springtime is also when there is the threat of thunderstorms, accompanied by hail, which may scar or devastate the crop.

A lot of pruning, irrigating, fertilizing, insect prevention and weeding goes on year-round, in order to maintain healthy peach trees, and to produce good quality fruit.

 

Blackberries

  Blackberry season is May and June.  We have four varieties, that ripen at different times over that two month period.  The plants are tied up on trellis wires, with grass walkways between, for ease of picking. 

 

Vegetables

  Because of the threat of killing freezes, most of our summer vegetables can not be planted until early April, which results in harvest being mostly in June and July.  The exception is our onion crop, which we normally start digging by the end of April or early May.  We try to have a good assortment of vegetables each year.

 Although we allow some pick-your-own, we do most of the picking of the vegetables ourselves, so that we can be sure that they will be harvested at their freshest and best early each morning--tomatoes, green beans and southern field peas are usually the exception.  The vegetables are available for sale at our orchard stand, until they are sold out for that day.

We do not grow fall and winter vegetables.

 

 

Pick-Your-Own Prices

General information about our pricing:  Since our products are not manufactured, and are at the mercy of nature, the quality, size, and quantity can easily vary from week to week, especially in our many peach varieties.  Therefore, our pricing is also flexible, reflecting those changing conditions.  Our strawberry and blackberry prices generally remain the same throughout most of their respective seasons.  Prices for pick-your-own are less than if we do the picking for you.  However, due to the need for competent employees to assist customers with picking instructions and supervision, the prices are only moderately different.  We occasionally offer discounts when we want to encourage customers to come out and help us pick an over-abundance of ripe fruit, before it becomes a loss.  Since the demand for our fruit is usually greater than the supply, we rarely have the need to wholesale our products, nor offer reduced prices for customers picking larger quantities.

 

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Looking for something else to do while you are in Fredericksburg?

For other activities in the area, click on the link to the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce at the bottom of this page.

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If you are looking for a place to stay overnight in Fredericksburg, a little out of the ordinary, click on the links below to bed and breakfast accommodations available with "friends of Marburger Orchard".

 

Meusebach Creek Farm

 

Austin Street Retreat

 

Longhill

 

Directions to Marburger Orchard

      Take U.S. Highway 87      5¼ miles south of Fredericksburg
or 16 miles north of I-10.

Watch for our sign.
Turn onto Meusebach Rd. Follow signs to

 559 Kuhlmann Rd.

Mapquest and Google Earth now have us accurately located!  (Other GPS programs apparently are still trying to say we are someplace else!)

Pick-Your-Own!

Peaches:  May-August
Strawberries: March-May
Blackberries: May-June
Vegetables:  June-August

Call or check back here for current information.


(830) 997-9433

 

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To see photos from past years at Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas

Click below on pictures of Peaches, Strawberries, and Blackberries

 

E-mail List

(Note:  It has become more and more difficult for me to find time to add new "sign-ups" to our email list, and to keep that list updated.  Also, it has become less necessary to send out reminder notices to our customers, with the growing number of customers, and the "shrinking" size of the orchard.  Therefore, you are welcome to add your name to the email list, but know that the best means to staying informed is to check this website on a regular basis, where I post updates on what is happening several times a week, during the harvest season.)

The best way for us to send notices to you about what is happening at Marburger Orchard is by e-mail.  In addition to being the quickest method, it allows us to get information to you more specific to your interests, and is a less costly way for us to stay in touch with our growing list of customers. It also allows us to notify you anytime we might have a special going, such as during an unexpected surplus of overripe fruit.  If you are a new customer, or have never before registered with us, please go to “Join Our Mailing List” above on this page, and register.  Be sure the e-mail address you enter on the form is current, and 100% correct--we do get back a fair number of "undeliverable" e-mails.  Recently, we seem to be getting our e-mail notices blocked by more of our customers.  Be sure your spam filter allows messages from:  grower@marburgerorchard.com
 If you are a previous customer, and are already on our mailing list, we would still like for you to fill out this form, if you have never before done so, especially if you would like to start getting e-mail notices, instead of our traditional cards. 
Please, please, please, do not fill out this form more than once!!!  That only creates more unnecessary work for me, deleting the duplications.  If you think you should be getting an e-mail when you are not, first be patient--it may not yet be the appropriate time for notices to go out on that particular crop.  If you are not getting a notice when the crop has started, check with us to be sure we have your correct e-mail address.

Important change in notifications:  I am no longer mailing out card notices!
With almost everyone now using e-mail, the printing, labeling, and mailing of cards is no longer cost or time effective.

  There may be additional e-mail notices under special circumstances, such as unusual crop abundance, or limited time discounts.
We will not give your e-mail address to anyone else, and we will try to use this method of communication sparingly.  We do not want to become another source of annoying spam mail for you!

If you choose not to sign up for notices from us, you can simply check back here on our website on a regular basis.  We attempt to post current updates as frequently as necessary during the harvest season to keep our customers aware of changing conditions.

 


 

Strawberries

 

Peaches

 

Blackberries

More Pictures

click here for Spring 2010 peach bloom pictures

         (Spring 2010 strawberry pictures)     

  (2009 photos!)

  (2008 Pictures at Marburger Orchard)

 

Marburger Orchard is a member of the Hill Country Fruit Council. We have been a Hill Country peach tradition for 38 years! You know it's fresh when you pick your own peaches, strawberries and blackberries! Your vacation or outing to the Texas Hill Country just isn't complete until you've tasted the fresh fruits of our Gillespie  County orchard. Primarily pick-your-own, but sometimes we have already picked fruit available. All our fruit is the best quality fruit nature can provide. We take great pride in our well maintained orchard, which provides the greatest ease of picking and family enjoyment!


Click here to go to the Hill Country Fruit Council