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Quick picks every day this week! Usually sold out and closed immediately after opening! Next week looks much better!!!
Strawberry season is just starting...great looking berries, but limited supply, and limited hours!
(The crops that we grow are usually available for customers to pick from March through July.)
For the latest information, read the dated postings below.
Friday afternoon, March 16, 2018
We CLOSED at 9:05 this morning, after the first dozen cars had arrived. We only had a little over 100 pounds of strawberries ripe enough for picking today, and those early customers picked everything that was ready. We will open the gate again Saturday morning, a little before 9:00 a.m., and close it as soon as we have all the customers that we can supply with ripe berries for the day. That could be already at 9:00. The strawberry fields are getting lots of sunny, warm weather today, and we anticipate that resulting in slightly more ripe berries on Saturday than we have had each day, so far, this week....maybe 150 to 175 pounds. (Still nowhere near the maximum production of 700 to 800 pounds per day!) Strawberries do not ripen, or get sweeter, after they have been picked. That is why we close when we are fearful that desperate customers will start picking unripe fruit. I am guessing that we will have only enough berries this Saturday for about the first 20 cars.
If you can wait to come during the week (after Spring Break is over), next week, please wait to come then....we will have a lot more berries each day, and we will need lots of customers to help us keep up with the picking! The production will continue to increase the rest of this month, and most of April.
We will be closed this Sunday, because we do not expect to have enough fruit to be open. We are frequently closed on Sundays, due to unusually heavy picking on Saturday. The exception would be a Sunday when we have a surplus from the previous day, possibly due to inclement weather keeping customers away.
The orchard will be open for picking on Good Friday, March 30th....but, a word of warning....that is usually the busiest pick-your-own strawberry day of the entire season! I know that it is difficult for many people to come out during the week, but that is always better than coming on the weekend, or a holiday. For those of you who live within an hour of the orchard, you might consider making arrangements to come out late in the afternoon (up until 6:00 p.m.) to pick, after your kids get out of school, or when you can get off work early. When the strawberries become much more abundant, there should not be the problem of all the ripe berries being "cleaned out" before the end of the day. Call first, if you are coming later in the day (830-997-9433).
This past week, we have had to turn down phone orders for "pre-picked" strawberries, due to an insufficient supply, and competition from our pick-your-own customers. Starting this next Monday, we should have enough berries to take orders for pre-picked quantities of 5 or more pounds, most days, with the exception of weekends and holidays. We will also be trying to keep pre-picked strawberries on our counter, for customers who want to just drop in, and buy without picking, and without calling ahead.
(Continue reading earlier postings, below, for more details.)
Thursday, March 15, 2018, 11:00 a.m.
Same song...6th (?) verse! OPEN BRIEFLY -- CLOSED FOR THE REST OF TODAY! (Open again briefly Friday morning) We are still able to find only about 100 pounds of ripe strawberries each day. That is why we allow entrance to only the first 10 to 12 cars that are waiting at the gate before 9:00 a.m. each morning....we do not have enough fruit for any more customers than that. This is still Spring Break week....lots of families, with kids, have been out to pick this week. The traffic should be lighter next week, and the daily production of ripe berries should be increasing!
Wednesday afternoon, March 14, 2018
Yep! Repeat performance of yesterday!: WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF TODAY We let cars in before 9:00 a.m. this morning, who were waiting, and closed the gate almost immediately at 9:00. We are expecting the same situation this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will be closed this Sunday. Unfortunately for "Spring Breakers", the daily amount of ripe berries will be increasing, and should be fantastic next week!
Tuesday afternoon, March 13, 2018
Same story as yesterday: CLOSED just after 9:00 a.m. for the remainder of today! Today, as expected, we only had a little over 100 pounds of ripe berries to be picked, and the first customers here before 9:00 a.m. (about 12 cars) were all that we could allow to pick, and some of those customers had to search for quite a while to find enough to satisfy what they wanted. Most of the customer families picked less than one box (6 to 7 pounds) each.
We will open again Wednesday morning before 9:00 a.m., with the same cautions and procedures as we have had the last couple of days.
Monday, March 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
CLOSED just after 9:00 a.m. for the remainder of today! We had 20 cars waiting when we opened the gate a little before 9:00 a.m., plus another 10 before we closed the gate about 9:15. That was all the customers we could supply with ripe strawberries this morning. After being closed for 2 days, there were only about 200 pounds of berries ready to be picked today. There will be less for all the other days this week...probably not more than 100 pounds per day! Therefore, we are anticipating that there will be so many cars waiting for us to open each morning that we will let those in, and close the gate immediately at 9:00 a.m. It may even be necessary to turn away some customers already at 9:00, if we determine that we just don't have enough ripe berries for everyone!
If you can choose to come some other time, please consider waiting another week or two before coming....the daily amount of ripe strawberries will be much more abundant at that time, on through most of April.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
We were open very briefly at 9:00 a.m. this morning for customer strawberry picking. We will be CLOSED for the remainder of today, and all day Sunday! With very sunny, warm weather today, and with two days of being closed, the picking on Monday morning should be terrific! There should be lots of fresh, ripe berries, ready for picking when we open at 9:00 a.m. We are still very early in strawberry season (mainly March and April), and that means that the plants are nowhere near their maximum daily production, yet. We do plan to be open at 9:00 a.m. each morning this coming week, Monday through Saturday, closing each day when all the ripe berries for that day have been picked. With the larger anticipated crowds this next week, due to schools being out for Spring Break, we may run out of fruit, and be closed in only one or two hours, or less. If you are here at opening time, you should have no problem getting what you need. If you can't come until later in the day, call first (830-997-9433), to get an estimate of the picking conditions, before you come....you may find that we have already closed, or that we are getting close to doing so.
By the way, the weather forecast for this next week is excellent. If you want to avoid the difficulty of possible scarcity of fruit this coming week....not to worry....there will be plenty more strawberries in the following weeks.
Thursday, March 8, 2018, 9:45 a.m.
SOLD OUT, and CLOSED!!!.....just after opening this morning at 9:00 a.m.!! We just do not have enough strawberry production yet for the escalating demand! That will change one to two weeks from now, when there will begin to be an abundance. However, the customer traffic will also be increasing significantly! Always, always, always be here when the gate opens, if you want to be assured of an opportunity to pick. Anytime....and particularly now, and this coming week....we most likely will not have enough ripe berries each day for any more customers than those who are waiting at the gate before 9:00 a.m. Under those circumstances (determined by the amount of ripe berries available that morning), we will not even post "open" signs for that day.
Bottom line....be here before 9:00, or not at all, .....or, be patient, wait a few weeks, and wait for the fields to turn solid red, with an over-abundance of ripe berries!!! We will be closed this Friday and Sunday. Probably open very briefly this Saturday. We will attempt to be open next Monday thru Saturday, for at least the first customers each day.
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 12:30 p.m.
Closed/Sold Out at noon today! We had very few customers today, but also less berries than the previous two days...only a little more than 40 pounds total of ripe strawberries, ready for picking today. It looks like we may have full sun for the remainder of today, which will help to ripen more berries, ready for customers to pick again tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Plan to be here at that time, if you want to pick on Thursday. Our volume will probably continue to remain at only 50 to 75 pounds per day for another week, or more, before we begin to see a significant increase, probably peaking at 500 to 800 pounds per day in late March and early April.
Due to a special event in our family this week (my mother's 100th birthday!!!), I will not be able to post advisories here every day, but I will start doing that again next Monday. Until then, be aware that we will probably be open only briefly (only one or two hours) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We will be closed this coming Sunday, as we are most Sundays. That one full day of closure, combined with an early closure on Saturday, should make next Monday the best day for picking all of that week, especially with the heavier traffic that we expect, due to school Spring Break.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Great weather for great strawberry picking this morning! Because we had a good turnout of customers early this morning, all of the berries that were ripe today (a little over 100 pounds) were picked in the first two hours, and we had to close the gate about 11:00 a.m. With a good bit of sun this afternoon, we are anticipating that there will be a similar amount of ripe berries ready to pick again by 9:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. And, this is the pattern that we anticipate to continue now through Saturday....being open for only a few hours each morning. Since it is our policy to provide our customers with the ripest, sweetest fruit possible, we do not allow picking of fruit that is immature, and which will not continue to ripen after it has been harvested.
March 4, 2018
Improving picking conditions: I had previously posted that we would be open for strawberry picking only about every other day this coming week. It now looks like we could have 50 to 70 pounds of berries ripening each day, and with that amount, we are planning to be open every day, Monday through Saturday. As always, it is best to come as early in the day as possible, starting at 9:00 a.m., in order to have the best selection. I expect that we may be closed by noon on some days, when morning customers have exhausted the supply of ripe berries. If you are trying to come later in the day, it is best to call just before coming (830-997-9433) to get an estimate of how long we may be open yet for that day.
The best chance of getting wet this week could be Monday, with possibly only a modest amount of rain. Remember, our fields are designed to allow customers to pick after light rains. The sandy, grass-covered soil pathways are easily passable, without being muddy, following most rains.
If you like the idea of being able to pick unusually large berries, with very little competition from other pickers, this will be an excellent week for strawberry picking!
We will be closed both this Sunday, March 4th, and next Sunday, March 11th. We do expect to be open every day of Spring Break week, March 12-17, but we also expect a large crowd that week, meaning that the hours we are open each day could be very short, due to a fairly limited amount of fruit each day.
March 2, 2018
Although we have been harvesting a few strawberries for the past several weeks, there haven't been enough to make it worthwhile for customers to try to pick their own. That is slowly changing. Only 2 of our 5 fields are now in the beginning of production. The other 3 fields are still about two weeks away from beginning. By the end of March, and during most of April, we should be in heavy production every day, in all fields.
Therefore, tomorrow, Saturday, March 3rd, we will open at 9:00 a.m., for just a few hours (maybe less than one hour, if a crowd shows up at opening time!), to sell what little ripe fruit that we will have, until it is gone. At that time, we will close, and not be open again until Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings next week, following the same routine of closing when the supply of ripe strawberries are exhausted for the day. When the strawberries become more abundant, we expect to be open every day of the week, with the usual exception of being closed most Sundays.
Because there will be so few berries to pick this Saturday, we will most likely be restricting pick-your-own to the first three or four customers (families). We will, however, have on hand about 20 to 30 pounds of berries we have picked, available to purchase, either in quart containers ($6.00 each), or bulk (5 pound minimum, $4.00/lb.). For bulk amounts, we encourage you to call ahead (830-997-9433), before the day that you plan to come, and place an order.
February 26, 2018
The orchard received some very beneficial rains this past week, helping to build up the soil moisture reserve that will be so essential to our peach trees as they now begin to push out blooms and new foliage. Unfortunately, more than a week of cold, overcast weather has not been beneficial for the ripening of strawberries. Although they are continuing to bloom, develop, and ripen, they are ripening much slower. Therefore, it looks like we are still a week or more away from having an adequate amount for customers to pick, even if we restrict picking to only two or three times a week. If we get an abundance of sunshine the next few days, there is a slight chance that we may try to open for a very limited amount of picking this coming Saturday morning, starting at 9:00 a.m., and probably not remaining open more than a couple of hours, until all ripe fruit for the day has been picked. Check back here Friday evening for the latest advisory.
If you are not in urgent need of strawberries, I would suggest waiting at least 3 weeks. The majority of our fields (in the Chandler and Camino Real varieties) have essentially no ripe fruit at this time. However, those same plants have a very healthy amount of bloom, just now opening, which will be ripe fruit for picking 3 to 4 weeks from now. A bonus at that time -- our peach trees, which only bloom for a couple of weeks, should be in full bloom about that same time!
February 20, 2018
We do not yet have enough ripe strawberries to open for customer pick-your-own -- hopefully, we can begin to do a limited amount of that, starting in a week or two. However, there are enough berries ripening this week, in a couple of varieties, for our workers to "scour" the fields every few days for the few berries that are ripe. We have had enough berries to supply a couple of our Fredericksburg restaurants for several weeks now. This week, the amount of fruit is increasing enough that we can offer limited quantities for sale to other customers (not pick-your-own). If you are interested in purchasing a "tray" of 5 to 10 pounds ($4.00/lb. for #1's), call (830-997-9433), leave your name, phone number, desired amount, and days you are available to pick up, and we will call you back to arrange an appointment time for that pick-up. (We are open only by appointment, until there are enough berries to be open for pick-your-own customers.) We are not selling quart containers, or amounts less than 5 pounds, at this time. Smaller quantities will be available when we begin to open on a more regular basis.
"What are the prospects for the 2018 peach crop?" Our winter conditions have been great! The trees have received a more than adequate amount of "chill hours", which are required to set a good crop. Now, we just have to get past the danger of a late freeze, during or after bloom in mid-March, and any roving spring hail storms.
November 22, 2017
The orchard has been closed to customers since early August, when we completed the last of any significant crops that we had for this year. We will re-open in 2018, when our strawberry plants begin to produce a sufficient amount of fruit to make the picking worthwhile for our customers, for at least a couple of hours each day at the beginning. Depending on the weather the next couple of months, our opening in previous years has ranged anywhere from mid-February to late March. In January, we will start covering the strawberry fields on nights when we expect the temperature to drop below freezing, to protect the emerging blooms, and developing fruit (the plants, themselves, are typically not injured until the temperature gets into the low teens). However, the covers will normally give us only about 7 or 8 degrees of protection. Temperatures below 25° usually destroy all existing blooms and fruit. Fortunately strawberries (unlike peaches) bloom and fruit continuously for several months. Therefore, when we have a killing freeze, we just have to wait for later blooms to emerge, and that fruit to ripen, before we can open for customers to come, and start picking. The prospects right now are again for a warmer than average winter -- a very bad thing for our peach trees, which require an extended period of cold weather in the winter, in order to produce a healthy crop in the spring. However, for the strawberries, it may mean that we will have fruit ready for picking a little earlier than average.
We are not without work here at the farm during the "off season". In September, we rebuilt our fields, in preparation for strawberry planting. In October, we planted 16,000 fresh, new strawberry plants. In the following months, now, we are tending those plants, with watering, fertilizing, and weed control, in order to grow big, healthy plants, ready for fruit production early next year. We will also be planting several thousand onions in December, for harvest in April and May. We continue weed control and pruning in the peaches and blackberries throughout the fall and winter months, to get them ready for next year.
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Hours of Operation
Open very limited days and hours at this time, awaiting increasing production for the 2018 season...check the postings at the top of the page for daily advisories
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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Our pick-your-own price is $3.00 per pound, plus a one time $.75 charge for the re-usable berry box.
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)
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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***We wish to thank the following Fredericksburg restaurants for using our strawberries in their menus:
The Peach Tree
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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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Directions to Marburger Orchard
Take U.S. Highway 87
5¼ miles south of Fredericksburg
Watch for our sign.
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!)
Call or check back here for current information.
Click below on pictures of Peaches, Strawberries, and Blackberries
(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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.
click here for Spring 2010 peach bloom pictures
(Spring 2010 strawberry pictures)
(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!
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