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

 Marburger Orchard

40 Years of Quality Fruit & Memorable Experiences

 


CLOSED SUNDAY -- open again Monday-Saturday

We again this year have excellent quality Nicaraguan coffee (supporting Young Life programs, both there and in the U.S.).

For the latest information, read the dated postings below.

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018, 8:30 a.m.

   We will be CLOSED today, Sunday, April 22nd, due to inadequate staffing.  My apologies for not posting this sooner, but my internet connection was down yesterday evening.

    The orchard will, however, be open this Monday through Saturday, with plenty of ripe strawberries to pick each day, starting at 9:00 a.m.!  Depending on the intensity of the customer traffic, we should have enough berries to remain open all day, every day.  To be on the safe side, we highly recommend that you come to pick in the morning, since there is always the chance that we can be picked out of ripe fruit by mid-day, causing us to close for the remainder of the day, allowing for more ripening for the following day.

    Being closed today will allow for the ripening of additional fruit for Monday.  Because we feel like we could again have a little surplus of strawberries early this week, we can again offer weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts.  These discounts may, or may not, extend all the way through Friday, depending on the volume of available ripe berries each day.  We will re-evaluate our situation day by day, as the week goes on.  The discount pick-your-own price is $2.50 per pound for 18 or more pounds, instead of the regular $3.00 per pound.  If you are wanting super sweet, overripe berries, for making exceptional strawberry preserves, Monday will be a choice day for picking!

    We have had a great two months of strawberry picking!  Although the berries are no longer as large, or as plentiful as they were, we do expect to have fairly good harvesting for at least two more weeks.  After that, there will still be a few strawberries to pick throughout May and early June, but they will require much more searching!

    Blackberries will be ready to start picking in about two weeks, and the first peaches should be ready by about the last week of May, going on into June and July.

 

    (Continue reading earlier postings, below, for more details.)

 

Monday, April 16, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

   Today was another excellent strawberry picking day, with almost 500 pounds being harvested.  Even though the daily volume of fruit is beginning to diminish, and the average berry size is not as large as it was a week or two ago, the picking is still easy!  There is still time for some great picking, but don't delay too long....the peak of the season is now passing, and within the next 3 or 4 weeks we will see a significant drop-off in production, as the days get hotter.  The weather looks very good for picking all week, with the possible exception of Saturday, when it appears that we have another chance of some much-needed rain.

    Because we feel like we still have a little surplus of ripe fruit, we are extending the weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts for at least one more day, into tomorrow, Tuesday, April 17th.  Beyond that, if you are interested in discounts for larger quantities, it would be best to call during our business hours, and inquire about the possibilities.

    Due to other personal obligations the next several days, I will not be able to do any daily updates here for the remainder of this week.  You may call us, during the day, for current information (830-997-9433), or call and listen to the daily message on the answering machine, after business hours.

 

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

   We were closed all day Sunday, to allow the strawberry fields (and our small, over-worked staff!) to recover from the barrage of pick-your-own customers every day last week, and especially Saturday!  With such a tremendous amount of ripe berries in the field, it was great to have so many people coming out to pick.  At the end of the day on Saturday, it looked like we were finally getting ahead of the ripening .... so much so that we decided that the plants needed one day of not being picked, in order to catch up a little, with more ripe berries.  Picking on Monday should again be very good, and with fewer customers during the weekdays, I expect that there will be plenty of fresh-ripened berries each morning this week.  However, if the daily customer traffic is anywhere near what it was last week, there is the distinct possibility that we could run out of ripe fruit, before the end of the day, on some days, causing us to close early for that day.  Keep in mind, the berries are continually ripening, and there is always fruit ripe the next morning, that was not ripe the day before.

    After being closed for a full day, we anticipate that there will be enough berries ready for picking on Monday that we can again offer weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts, but only for this one day, until we have time to re-evaluate the crop, at the end of the day Monday.  The discount pick-your-own price is $2.50 per pound for 18 or more pounds, instead of the regular $3.00 per pound.  Our decision about continuing discounts for the remainder of the week will be posted here Monday evening.

 

Saturday, April 14, 2018, 9:10 p.m.

   Thank you to the many, many customers who came out to pick today!  There were so many ripe strawberries that needed to get picked, before they became over-ripe, and started spoiling, and our pick-your-own customers today virtually cleaned the field of everything that was ripe.  The total amount picked today was 1252 pounds!

    Because the fields were so thoroughly harvested today, we do not feel like there will be enough newly ripened fruit by tomorrow to justify trying to pick.  Therefore, we will be closed entirely, all day, Sunday, April 15th.  With the plants having a "day off", I anticipate that there will again be a substantial amount of ripe strawberries ready to pick when we open at 9:00 a.m. on Monday.

    We are expecting a lot of berries available for picking each day this coming week, but probably not as many as we have experienced the last couple of weeks.  As was the case earlier in the season, we may be back to being open less than full days, particularly if we have a substantial number of customers picking each day.  We do close early on any day when we feel like all the ripe fruit has been picked for that day.  It will again be best to be here early in the morning, on the day you are coming, to insure that you find a good selection, before too many other people have picked.

    At this time, I can not tell you whether of not we will again be offering weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts for any of the days this next week.  This is decided when we see that we don't have enough customers to keep up with a surplus of berries, and we want to encourage more people to come out.  We will evaluate our situation each day, and post our decision here, and on our answering machine, starting Sunday evening.  If this is your interest, keep checking each evening.

 

Friday, April 13, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

   Another 1000 pounds of strawberries were picked today!  Our estimate of ripe berries for Saturday is possibly (?) another thousand pounds.  Saturdays, however, are usually our busiest day of the week, and it is conceivable that we will have so many pickers, that there may not be enough fruit to last all day.  (Important:  Read our comments associated with "Hours of Operation", further down this page.)  Our recommendation for Saturday:  Be here when we open.

    Due to a very limited staff, assisting pick-your-own customers, rather than picking strawberries themselves, we expect to have very few pre-picked berries for sale on our counter on Saturday.  We will be happy to have you call us next week, to place orders to pick-up.  Also, it is doubtful that we will be able to answer the phone most of the day on Saturday, for the same reason.

 

Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7:50 p.m.

   600 pounds of strawberries again today!  Tomorrow is the last day this week for discounts.  Plenty enough berries to stay open all day. Don't miss out!

   We expect to have enough berries to be open all day on Saturday, also, but if you want the best selection, try to get out here as soon as you can, after the gate opens at 9:00 a.m.  I suspect that we will have a huge crowd on Saturday, and that could mean that we possibly run out of ripe fruit before the day is over, and may have to close early.

    At this time, we do not know whether or not we will be open this Sunday.  We will make that decision Saturday evening, after evaluating Saturday's picking, and assessing the necessity of being open Sunday, along with the potential availability of ripe fruit.  Our decision will be posted here tomorrow night, as well as on the phone answering machine.  If we are open, the hours will be 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 8:30 p.m.

   Another fantastic strawberry picking day!  40% of our pick-your-own customers today took advantage of the weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts by picking 18 or more pounds of berries....and, some of these had not planned to do so when they arrived.  They found the berries so beautiful and plentiful that they just couldn't stop picking!

    An average of 650 pounds of strawberries have been harvested from our fields each of the last several days, and there are so many ripe berries that it looks like the fields have not even been touched!  Two more days of volume discounts this week (Thursday and Friday)....come on out, and load up, while the picking is still easy.  Just a few more weeks before the season starts winding down for this year.

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

   Strawberry picking doesn't get any better than this!!!  But, it can't last too much longer....maybe one or two weeks before the quantity of berries, and the size of the berries, decreases significantly.  Time to make the most of a gorgeous crop, before they are gone until next year!

    Ideas for extending the enjoyment:  Preserves, freezing, fruit leather (fruit roll-ups), frozen puree, gifts to friends and family, paying debts for favors!

 

Monday, April 9, 2018, 7:05 p.m.

   Strawberry picking continues to be absolutely amazing this week!  There are lots, and lots of big, beautiful, sweet berries every day!  In addition, due to the excessive amount of fruit that we have right now, and the need for more pickers during the week, we are continuing to offer weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts, this Monday through Friday.  We expect to have more than enough ripe fruit each day, to allow us to stay open all day, every day, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Also, other than some high winds on a couple of days, there doesn't appear to be any adverse weather this week.

 

Saturday, April 7, 2018, 6:20 p.m.

   The temperature never got above 43°, and the wind speed never got below 18 mph, all day today!  And, yet, we had a large number of pick-your-own customers, braving the adverse conditions, and picking an incredible amount of strawberries!

    Because we had such good picking today, and because additional berries are much slower ripening under these extended cold temperatures, we have decided to close the orchard this Sunday, allowing more ripening time for berries, and allowing our very limited staff time to try to catch up on other essential tasks.

    We will be open each day this coming week, Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., unless there is a day when we run out of ripe fruit before the end of the day (which is very unlikely).

    The strawberries are expected to continue to be very plentiful this coming week.  For that reason, we are again offering weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts, Monday through Friday.  Check out the details in a special section further down this page, under "Strawberry Prices".

 

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:55 p.m.

   There are literally 2000 pounds of beautiful, large, ripe strawberries waiting in our fields to be picked tomorrow!!!  However, the weather on Saturday will be windy, bone-chilling cold!  Dress in your warmest, mid-winter clothes, and come on out!  Since only the bravest pickers will probably venture out tomorrow, it is possible that you could have one of our five blocks of strawberries all to yourself ..... especially when we open at 9:00 a.m., and when the weather is likely to be most uncomfortable.

    There is almost no chance that we can run out of ripe berries to pick tomorrow, and, therefore, we expect to be open all the way to 5:00 p.m., if our staff can endure the cold that long!  If you are coming late in the day to pick, you must be here no later than 4:15 p.m., so that everyone can be finished picking, checked out, and off the farm by the time we close the gate at 5:00 p.m.

    If you are wanting pre-picked strawberries tomorrow, be here when we open.  We are not taking any more orders for tomorrow, but we have picked, this afternoon, an adequate amount for sale to a few customers in the morning, first come, first serve.  We do not expect to be able to pick any additional berries during the day tomorrow, due to our very small staff being busy assisting pick-your-own customers.

    There will be a staff of only four people here to serve you tomorrow .... please be prepared to be patient with us, as we work as quickly as possible to take care of everyone.  As usual, we ask all of our pick-your-own customers ... new and repeat ... to let us give you a briefing of current suggestions for picking the most outstanding berries.  With your co-operation, we will try to do this as quickly as possible.

    Regretfully, one of our long-time employees, Carlos Rodriguez, will not be here to assist us for the next several days.  He just received word this morning that his mother had passed away, and he is on his way home to Mexico for her funeral.

    At this time, we do not know whether or not we will be open this Sunday.  We will make that decision Saturday evening, after evaluating Saturday's picking, and assessing the necessity of being open Sunday, along with the potential availability of ripe fruit.  Given the excessive number of hours that our staff has worked this past week, it is very likely that we will all need a break this Sunday.  Our decision will be posted here tomorrow night, as well as on the phone answering machine.

    We will for sure be open each day this coming week, Monday through Saturday, starting at 9:00 a.m., and most likely staying open until 5:00 p.m. each day.  The picking should remain plentiful for at least 2 or 3 more weeks, with a diminishing supply in the weeks following that time.  Weekday volume discounts will probably be in effect again next Monday through Friday.  Check back here Sunday evening.

 

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

   980 pounds of strawberries today!!!  Plenty more ready to pick Friday!  Same on Saturday??  A heavy pick on Saturday could force closing on Sunday, to allow for additional ripening.  Monday should still be very good....but, there will probably be a diminishing amount of ripe fruit each day next week....however, a more than adequate amount each morning, for early arriving customers.

 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 6:30 p.m.

   Another HUGE day!  Lots of pickers coming out for the volume discounts!  Over 800 pounds of strawberries picked today....on a Wednesday!!!!  And, the fields are still full of ripe berries each day!  But, I'm not confident that this abundance can last too much longer.  The daily amount of ripe berries should remain plentiful for several more weeks, but not likely with surplus that we are currently experiencing.

 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

   Yes!!  We have lots of strawberries...all day....every day....right now!  We have had quite a few customers out to pick the last two days....many of them taking advantage of the weekday, volume pick-your-own discounts !  Please note, there will be no discounts on the weekends.  The weather looks windy most days this week, but, otherwise mostly pleasant, with very little chance of rain.

 

Sunday, April 1, 2018, 8:45 p.m.

   The "red flood" is here!  A ton of strawberries were picked this Friday, Saturday and Sunday....actually, 2600 pounds!  And, I expect that the daily volume of ripe berries will continue to be tremendous all week!  We had a very light turnout of customers to pick today, which means that there is an additional surplus of berries on the plants, ready for picking on Monday.  If you are looking for large, over-ripe strawberries, for making the finest strawberry preserves, the picking this week should be ideal!

    Because we now see the "wave of surplus" coming, and because we need more customers coming out on weekdays (not just weekends) to help us keep all these ripening berries picked, before they turn bad, we are offering weekday pick-your-own discounts for larger quantities of berries.  Check out the details in a special section further down this page.

    The weather looks great this week.  Come on out, and help us harvest some wonderful strawberries!  There should be more than enough berries each day for us to remain open all day, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  If you cannot make it out until late afternoon, call first (830-997-9433), to be sure that we will still be open.  If you are trying to pick a large, discounted amount, and cannot come until late in the day, you may be able to make special arrangements with us to pick beyond our stated closing time.

 

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m.

    Another fantastic strawberry picking day!  Nearly 1100 pounds!  There was a large crowd of customers picking in the morning, but we also had a pretty steady flow of pickers all afternoon, and we were able to stay open until 5:00 p.m.

    Due to the continuing heavy production of ripe berries each day, we will be open this Sunday at 1:00 p.m., and I expect that we will have enough fruit to stay open until 5:00.  (We close at 5:00 p.m., and, therefore, no customers will be allowed to begin picking after 4:30 p.m., in order that everyone can be finished, and checked out, before we close the gate at 5:00.)  We also expect to have a good supply of pre-picked strawberries, for sale on our counter, tomorrow afternoon.

    If you are waiting for large volume, weekday, pick-your-own strawberry discounts, keep your eye here on the website.  There is a very good possibility that, with the heavy daily production in all the fields right now, we will begin offering these discounts in the next few days, in order to entice customers to come out, and help us pick more berries, before we start suffering significant losses to having too much fruit become too ripe too fast.

 

Friday, March 30, 2018, 5:40 p.m.

    1300 pounds of strawberries today....by far, the biggest harvest day this season!!!  And,....hundreds of customers!!  Gorgeous day; abundant, big, beautiful berries; wonderful customers; and good friends coming to help us on an extremely busy day!  What more could we ask for?!!

    We had such an over-whelming crowd of pickers this morning, that I doubted that we would have enough ripe berries to stay open past noon.  However, after the big rush this morning, the traffic slowed down to a trickle in the afternoon, and we managed to keep seeking out more berries until 3:00 p.m., when we decided that it was becoming much more difficult for customers to find enough to pick, without picking a lot of immature fruit.  Therefore, we closed early (before 5:00 p.m.).  With several more hours of sunshine today, and more hours for ripening overnight, we are very confident that we will again have a huge amount of fruit ready to pick when we open Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Nevertheless, we recommend coming early in the day.  We can never accurately predict when we will run out of ripe berries for the day....that depends entirely on the intensity of the traffic, the number of customers who show up to pick, and what time they arrive to pick.

    Again tomorrow, we will be able to have only a very limited supply of pre-picked strawberries for sale at our counter.  First come, first serve!  We will gladly take orders for pre-picked berries next Monday through Friday, when we are not nearly so busy assisting our pick-your-own customers.

    As stated in previous postings, we do not yet know if we will be open Easter Sunday afternoon.  That will not be decided until Saturday evening.  At this time, seeing the amazing volume of berries continuing to ripen each day, I would say that there is a strong likelihood that we will need to be open on Sunday, in order to keep up with the amount of fruit that needs to get picked daily.

 

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Hours of Operation

 

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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Strawberry Prices

 

Our pick-your-own price is $3.00 per pound, plus a one time $.75 charge for the re-usable berry box.

($10.00 minimum purchase per family)

 

Pre-picked, best-quality strawberries are $4.00 per pound, for 5 pound or more bulk quantities, and $6.00 per quart, for smaller quantities.

 

(We also usually have bulk amounts of blemished or lesser quality berries available for purchase at reduced prices.)

 

In addition to cash or checks, we are now equipped to accept credit or debit cards (with a $1.00 transaction fee).

 

 

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 Peach Harvest -- 2017 (last year)

(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

 

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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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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 40 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