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Strawberries essentially finished.
[A few peaches this week--not pick-your-own]
For the latest information, read the dated postings below.
Thursday evening, June 22, 2017, 9:25 p.m.
Great blackberry picking on Friday, but very few peaches for sale! We attempted to find more Harvester peaches to pick this afternoon, to have for sale to customers tomorrow morning, and we were only able to pick about 50 pounds! That's only 1 bushel, folks! And, probably more than half of these are #2's! Therefore, this is all we will have for sale Friday morning, along with maybe 3 or 4 small boxes of #1's, and several flats of #2's, left over from Thursday morning. And, the situation will probably be worse on Saturday! You may want to make plans to check out other grower peach stands ASAP both Friday and Saturday mornings!
Blackberry picking, on the other hand, should still be pretty terrific the next couple of days. However, be here early....we cannot guarantee that the supply of ripe berries will hold out all morning, either day, if a lot of people come out to pick. Also, Friday morning, we will have more than our usual number of pre-picked quart and pint blackberry containers for sale, as a result of not selling all that we took to the Farmers Market today.
We continue to have a very good supply of our own tomatoes, sweet onions, zucchini, and other vegetables.
(Continue reading previous updates below, for more information.)
Wednesday evening, June 21, 2017, 8:05 p.m.
Busy day today! There was a total of about 80 pounds of blackberries, and 25 pounds of strawberries picked today. I don't expect there to be as much available for picking tomorrow, but the picking should still be pretty good for early morning customers.
We will have a few peaches for sale again tomorrow at the shed, but our Harvester variety is nearly finished, and we are finding fewer peaches to pick each day. It is uncertain right now whether or not we will have any left to sell to customers this Saturday.
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.
Reminder--Notice of change in hours of operation: We will continue to open at 9:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday. However, beginning Wednesday, June 7th, we are now closing at noon each day. (Or earlier, when we are sold out for the day.) There are several reasons for this decision. With the strawberry and blackberry seasons coming to an end, and with so few peaches this year, we are not expecting to have a sufficient amount of produce to supply our customers for more than a few hours each day. Also, we are working with a reduced staff this year, and that staff has many other tasks each day, in addition to attending to our customers. In order to free them up at least half of each day to accomplish those other critical orchard maintenance tasks, I am asking customers to plan to make their trips to the orchard during the morning hours (also the most pleasant time of day, as our summer afternoons become hotter!).
Tuesday evening, June 20, 2017, 9:30 p.m.
Today was pretty much the same as yesterday, and tomorrow looks like a repeat! We continue to have just a few peaches each day...come early, if you want to buy them from the counter. Blackberry picking has been steady, but not over-picked---so the picking should continue to be fairly good each day this week. Almost no one has tried picking strawberries the last couple of days---so the picking in them could be moderately good tomorrow, with patience.
Monday evening, June 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Good day today....same fruit availability tomorrow!
Sunday evening, June 18, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Peaches and blackberries Monday, 9:00 a.m. to noon! We will have a moderate supply of small boxes of our best looking Harvester peaches for sale at the orchard shed, along with a surplus of "seconds" and over-ripes from Gala and Harvester.
Pick-your-own in the blackberries continues to be very good this week.
Friday evening, June 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Open Saturday at 9:00 a.m. -- Approximately 50 to 75 pounds of pick-your-own blackberries....excellent picking for early arriving customers! -- No pick-your-own peaches, but a fairly good supply of small boxes for sale, early, while they last! -- Tomatoes, and other vegetables, also for sale. -- Closing when "sold out"....before noon??
Thursday evening, June 15, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
If you want peaches this year, now is the time! Due to an unusually warm winter, in which our peach trees did not receive the necessary "chilling hours" to be strong and healthy this spring and summer, almost all of our ten varieties have very little to no crop this summer! Each variety only lasts for about two weeks. Our earliest variety, Regal, had more than any other variety, and came and went in May. Sentinel had practically nothing, and is now essentially finished. We are currently picking Gala and Harvester, which may have an outstanding 5% crop!!! These two will be finished before the end of next week, and all other varieties after that have either even fewer peaches, or no fruit whatsoever!
We have not been, and we will not be, having pick-your-own in peaches this year! There are simply not enough peaches to allow for that. We are carefully, and very selectively, picking the few ripe peaches we can find each day, and selling them here at the sales shed, generally in only small box quantities--no half bushels! However, at the moment, and possibly for the next few days, we have a surplus of "discount peaches" (blemished, overripe, seconds) which we can sell to customers in larger quantities, at reduced prices (depending on the degree of down-grade). If appearance and bruising are not critical to you, these would be excellent for preserves, canning, or freezing. With the exception of larger quantities of these "#2" peaches, all peaches will be sold "first come, first serve" each day.
Blackberries are still producing heavily each day, and they are currently the only crop which we have for customers to pick-your-own -- but, come early! Strawberry picking may be attempted for a few more days, but there are so few berries any more, that we are not encouraging trying to pick.
Our current hours are 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday, since we have so little fruit available for picking each day. Depending on the amount of fruit that we have for a particular day, and the amount of customer traffic, the hours of operation may be slightly shorter, or longer. We, again, do not anticipate being open this coming Sunday.
Wednesday evening, June 14, 2017
We will have the best supply of peaches for this week on Thursday morning!
Monday evening, June 12, 2017
Blackberry picking continues to be very good this week! There are still a few strawberries to be picked each day, by customers who have the patience to search for them!
We will probably have peaches for sale here at our shed for no more than the next two weeks, with this week having more than next week. Earlier this week will be better than later, since we will be allocating a portion of this scarce harvest for sale at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday afternoon. Because we have so few peaches any one day, we are still limiting purchases to no more than two small boxes per customer, in order to give more of our loyal customers the opportunity to get at least a few peaches this year, along with their purchases of our other produce (which is helping to sustain us through this season of virtually no peaches!) The exception on the quantity limitation is the sales of our peach "seconds" (blemished, over-ripe, or very small fruit). Here again, we are trying to make these available to as many customers as possible, but there are some days when we have a surplus, and can therefore sell a larger quantity to an individual customer.
Also, we continue to have a good selection of vegetables, from our fields, for sale here at the orchard stand, as well as at the Farmers Market.
Saturday evening, June 10, 2017
The orchard will be closed this Sunday, due to insufficient ripe fruit for customers to pick. We will be open again at 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday of this coming week, and closing at noon, or earlier, each day, depending the amount of fruit available for picking, and the number of customers picking.
The main focus of picking this next week will be blackberries.
We will have a very few peaches for sale at the orchard Monday, and possibly a few each day for the next week to ten days.
Friday, June 9, 2017, 8:40 p.m.
Warning for Saturday customers: Due to a very limited supply of fruit, and also because of an important family event, the orchard will be open for only a couple of hours on Saturday morning, primarily for blackberry pickers. We will open at 8:30 a.m. (a little earlier than usual), and close at 10:30 a.m.
Most likely, we will be closed this coming Sunday (check back here Sunday morning to be sure), re-opening again at 9:00 a.m. on Monday.
Our strawberries have pretty much finished their season. The earliest pick-your-own customers on Saturday may still be able to find a few.
Repeating, once again, we have virtually no peaches this year. What few that we will have from time to time will not be available for pick-your-own. And, we will not have any for sale on our counter this Saturday. We do expect to have a few for sale at the orchard shed on some days next week. For more details on the peach situation, go to the section on "Peach Harvest", further down this page.
On our counter tomorrow morning, we will have for sale tomatoes, sweet onions, zucchini, yellow squash, green beans, and sweet peppers. (None of these will be pick-your-own.) We will have no pre-picked blackberries, strawberries, or peaches.
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Friday will be very similar to today, with the exception that there will be virtually no peaches for us to sell. It will be several days before there are again enough ripe peaches for us to pick, and sell at the orchard shed....probably not again until Monday, and maybe a few each day of next week. There are really, really barely any peaches on the trees this year!!
Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:40 p.m.
We will have a very, very few of the first peaches we are harvesting from our Gala and Sentinel varieties, for sale at the orchard shed, Thursday morning, first come, first serve, in small box quantities only--no quarter or half bushels! We will also have a few for sale at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday afternoon. There are so few peaches on these varieties that it will be difficult for us to have more than a few small boxes of them each day for the next week and a half, during their short season; and, there will be some days when we will have none at all. We will do our best to try to guide customers to other peach growers, who may have a better supply.
Blackberry picking is great right now! We are averaging about 75 pounds of ripe berries per day, which makes the picking very easy for the earliest customers each day.
Strawberries are becoming very challenging to pick -- much patience is required!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Gorgeous weather, and lots of customers picking lots of berries today!!
Strawberries are definitely coming to the end of their season! Customers are still welcome to search for them, but I believe that by the end of this week those attempts will be pretty discouraging.
Blackberries in our Kiowa variety are still plentiful, with a tremendous amount of berries still in the red stage! I'm guessing that all these remaining berries will ripen over the next week and a half, and, with the exception of a few "stragglers", that will be the end of the blackberry season. Now is best time to be picking blackberries! However, we have only five rows of this variety, and any day when we have a lot of customers picking, there is always a possibility that all the ripe berries for that day could be picked within a couple of hours!
Monday, June 5, 2017, 5:10 p.m.
Not many customers today means all the more strawberries and blackberries available for picking tomorrow! And, it looks like we will have beautiful weather for picking tomorrow. We had a late afternoon rain shower today, but there looks like very little chance of rain on Tuesday. Today we had a very pleasant northerly breeze, holding the temperature and humidity down, and it looks like the same forecast for tomorrow. By Wednesday and Thursday, however, it appears that the weather will again be heating up, making afternoon picking more uncomfortable. Under those conditions, there is a greater chance of our closing early for the day, particularly if there is not an abundant amount of ripe fruit remaining to be picked by that time of the day.
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 9:55 p.m.
There will still be strawberries and blackberries to pick this week. We will be open at 9:00 a.m. each day this Monday through Friday. If you can't come out until the afternoon, call first, to make sure we will be open, since there may be some days when it is necessary for us to close early.
Strawberry picking is beginning to become more difficult, as the plants come to the end of their season. The best picking will be early in the week, and by this coming weekend, I think our strawberry season will essentially be over for this year!
The Kiowa blackberries will continue to have a lot of fruit to pick each day for one or two more weeks.
We currently have a great selection of vegetables. We just made our first large harvest of Maxibel, French filet, green beans! And, we continue to harvest beautiful, delicious tomatoes, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet peppers!
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
We will be open this Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (unless we sell out, and need to close earlier)! We are not usually open on Sunday, due to heavy picking on Saturday, with the need to let the plants have a day to recover. However, that did not happen today. Although we did have a lot of customers today, we got off to a slow start....perhaps because there was rain in San Antonio (where many of our customers live)....it was not raining at the orchard!
Although not as much as today, we will have a fairly good supply of ripe strawberries and blackberries for picking on Sunday! As always, the best plan is to come early, while there is a good selection, before too many others have picked for the day.
Can you come during the week? The picking this coming week should continue to be very good, with less competition from other pickers!
Friday, June 2, 2017, 7:15 p.m.
If you are coming Saturday, be here at 9:00 a.m.!!! We are expecting a crowd, and we will not have a huge crop of ripe strawberries and blackberries available for picking on Saturday! The strawberries are very near the end of their very long season, and we are guessing that there will be less than 150 pounds of berries ripe for picking tomorrow. I would guess that there will be about 75 pounds of blackberries. If we have the number of customers that I suspect that we will early in the morning, we will probably be entirely picked out of ripe fruit within two or three hours! That means that we may not have anything left to pick by noon. When we are out of fruit for the day, we close for the rest of the day! We will most likely not be open Sunday, due to lack of enough fruit to pick (and a very good possibility of rain). The final decision for Sunday will be made either Saturday evening, or Sunday morning. (When we are open on a Sunday, it is not until 1:00 p.m.)
We expect to have only a very few pre-picked berries for sale at the orchard shed tomorrow. We will have no peaches! We will, however, have a fair supply of vegetables.
Looking for peaches? Get to a Gillespie County peach grower stand early on Saturday! They are not likely to have a great supply, and they will probably sell out quickly. For a list of legitimate peach growers, and their contact information: Click here to go to the Hill Country Fruit Council
Thursday, June 1, 2017, 9:05 p.m.
Another good day of berry picking, along with great weather today! We expect the same for tomorrow. Open at 9:00 a.m. If you have a choice, come Friday, when there are not near as many pickers as there typically are on Saturdays. If we have lots of customers on Friday, and it looks like the fruit might be getting over-picked, we could possibly close early for the day, to insure that there is at least a reasonable amount of fruit ready for a crowd of pickers when we open on Saturday morning. If you can't come Friday morning, and are trying to come out in the afternoon, instead, call first, to make sure we are still open.
Wednesday evening, May 31, 2017, 9:15 p.m.
Rain showers off and on today, and possibly again tomorrow. Some customers did come out to pick today, in spite of showers, and others came out to make purchases of fruits and vegetables that we had available here at the shed. We will have just a very few of the last remaining Regal peaches for sale here tomorrow morning, and then a few more at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday afternoon, along with some blackberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and onions.
Strawberry and blackberry picking continues to look very good the next several days, particularly since so few people picked today!
Tuesday afternoon, May 30, 2017, 3:45 p.m.
Closed this afternoon! There were quite a few customers who came out to pick this morning, and, with an approaching thunderstorm, I decided that it would be best to close for the remainder of the day.
Berry picking looks very good again for tomorrow morning. The strawberries are mostly small this late in the season, but still very flavorful. They are not super abundant, but there are more than enough ripe berries each morning to make the picking effort worthwhile.
The blackberries in the Kiowa variety are still producing very well each day, with lots of red berries remaining to change during this week and next week.
Monday evening, May 29, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
We will be open at 9:00 a.m. this Tuesday through Saturday for more strawberry and blackberry picking. We had a tremendous amount of both berries picked by a large crowd of customers this Memorial Day. I would expect the customer traffic to be rather light the rest of this week, with the exception of Saturday (always a very busy day). This should be a good balance, since we are anticipating a significant drop in daily production in both the strawberries and the blackberries, each not having much more than two more weeks of fairly good harvest. Customers arriving early each day should have no difficulty finding enough ripe berries to pick. However, there is a much greater possibility that we will be closing early on many days, from this point forward in the season, due to a more limited amount of fruit each day.
We will finish harvesting our Regal peach variety (which has not been available for pick-your-own) within the next couple of days, and we expect to have all of this fruit sold to our customers here at the orchard before the end of the week, and at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market this coming Thursday. It is very doubtful that there will be any of it left for sale this next Saturday. The next varieties will be Gala, Sentinel, and Harvester, starting about 10 days from now, and lasting only a couple of weeks, with much less fruit than Regal. (read more, further below, under the heading "Peach Harvest")
We continue to have a nice selection of our vegetables for sale at the shed...and some for pick-your-own. Tomatoes, onions, zucchini, green beans, and sweet peppers.
Sunday evening, May 28, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Finally! Late this afternoon, we received a little under 1 inch of much-needed rain! If there is no significant additional rain tonight, there should be no impairment to having the orchard open Monday at 9:00 a.m. for berry pickers. Our sandy soils absorb rain quickly, and the mowed grass pathways in the berry fields reduce the chance for muddy conditions. We do have a slight possibility of more rain showers tomorrow....come prepared!
Saturday evening, May 27, 2017, 8:20 p.m.
What an amazing day of strawberry and blackberry picking today! I don't think we have ever had this many strawberries (315 lbs.!) picked on a single day this late in the season! Strawberry season is primarily March and April, and by mid-May we are doing well to average 50 lbs. per day, and by mid-June (just a couple of weeks from now) they are completely finished for the year. The fields were essentially cleaned out of ripe strawberries today, and that is the main reason that we will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, May 28th, giving more berries a chance to fully ripen, and to be ready for picking again on Monday, by what I expect to be a big crowd of customers. I'm guessing that there could be another 200 pounds of strawberries ready for picking on Monday....come early for the best selection, and before the possibility of a mid-day closing, when all the ripe fruit has been picked!
The amount of blackberries (82 lbs.) today was nowhere near that of the strawberries, but it did far exceed our expectations! And, I would guess that the amount for Monday would be about the same.
Although we will not have peaches for pick-your-own on Monday (nor any other time this year), we should have a very good supply for sale at the orchard shed....probably the best one day supply of the entire summer! The reason for this is three-fold....the variety that we are picking, Regal, has much more fruit per tree than any of our other nine later varieties; we are at the peak of the two week harvest of this variety; and, we will be picking and accumulating ripening fruit each of the next two days, while the orchard is closed. We do not have enough fruit in this variety (and for sure not in other varieties) to sell it to customers in half bushel (25 pound) quantities, but on Monday we will attempt to make a few quarter bushels available (at $40.00 each), in addition to the two smaller box size quantities, which we have been selling for a week now. These early peaches are small (but sweet!), due to the fact that the trees did not get an adequate amount of winter chilling, which has resulted in the slower growth of leaves necessary to feed the fruit. If you want peaches this year, don't wait for the later varieties....they will be extremely scarce, and there is no guarantee that they will make it to maturity!
See you Monday?!
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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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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.)
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!)
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!
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 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