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

 Marburger Orchard

38 Years of Quality Fruit & Memorable Experiences

Pick-Your-Own strawberry customers (picture from a previous year)

 


Closed -- Open Again Monday!

For the latest information, read the dated postings below.

 

Saturday morning, April 22, 2017, 7:35 a.m.

    If you are a "serious" strawberry picker, you don't like crowds, but you can only come on the weekend....today is your day!  The weather will keep a lot of people away today, but if you come appropriately dressed, it should be no problem.  We had only about .05" of rain last night, and the rain chances have now passed on east of us.  It will be cloudy, windy, and cool most of the rest of the day, but not unbearable....hanging around 58° all morning.

    We still plan to close today no later than 12:00 noon, whether we are out of berries or not....I have an important family event to attend, and no one to stand in for me here at the orchard.

 

Friday, April 21, 2017, 6:30 p.m.

    There will not be very many strawberries for picking on Saturday!  As we get closer to the end of this year's strawberry season, there are fewer and fewer berries ripe for picking each day.  We expect only about 20% as much fruit tomorrow as we had just a few weeks ago.  Following the opening of the gate at 9:00 a.m., we will allow into the orchard only the number of customers that we feel like we can supply with the limited crop that we will have for Saturday.  Depending on the amount of traffic, we could be closing the gate in the first half hour, or we could remain open all morning.  There is very little possibility that there will be enough berries to last until noon.

    We will be closed this Sunday, and open again Monday.

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 7:35 p.m.

    We had a very busy morning today, with quite a few customers showing up to take advantage of the volume discounts.  With over 300 pounds of berries being picked today, the picking will be more difficult for the remainder of the week.  In addition to the daily production declining due to warmer weather (strawberries thrive during cooler temperatures), we are seeing a greater percentage of the berries spoiled by sun-burning and various decays.  So, despite there still being a lot of fruit on the plants, the selection of acceptable fruit is becoming more challenging.

    Here is our prediction and plan for the next four days:

    Thursday:  Assuming that we will again have relatively heavy customer traffic in the morning, there will probably not be enough ripe strawberries to sustain picking all day.  We plan to close by 12:00 noon (or earlier, if necessary), allowing adequate time during the remainder of the day for more fruit to ripen, in preparation for customers the following day.

    Friday:  Same as Thursday!

    Saturday:  Saturday is our busiest day of the week, and if this Saturday is no different -- with a much more limited supply of berries -- we will probably be picked out of all of the ripe fruit for the day in less than 2 hours!  And, we will close the gate to any further traffic, when we feel like the number of customers has exceeded the supply.

    Sunday:  CLOSED!

    The plants will continue to produce strawberries for several more weeks, but with much reduced quantities each day.  When the daily supply becomes more limited, the best strategy is to be here when we open each morning.

    Blackberries will be slowly coming into production beginning next week, and becoming most abundant from mid-May to mid-June.

    Due to a very mild winter, our peach trees did not receive a sufficient amount of the required winter chilling, and are still struggling to leaf out.  At this time, it looks like the crop on almost all varieties will be extremely limited.  It is still too early to try to give an accurate assessment -- stay tuned for more reports later in May.

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 8:05 p.m.

    Strawberry picking continues to be exceptional this week!  Lots of ripe berries.  Good size.  Great flavor.  Perfect weather.  Minimal customer traffic.  Volume discounts!

    Due to the low customer turnout, we have not run out of ripe fruit to pick the last two days, and have been able to stay open our full hours of 9:00 to 5:00.  Unless the traffic increases significantly, I expect to be able to maintain these hours through Friday -- not Saturday!  Still, it would be best to call before coming out in the afternoon, to be sure we are open.

    Discounts:  18 lbs. or more, $2.50/lb. (regular:  $3.00/lb.)  Great time to make lots of wonderful strawberry preserves, or stock up the freezer with delicious strawberries for the rest of the year!  (Discounts do not apply to Saturdays or Sundays, and may be discontinued in subsequent weeks, when we no longer have a surplus.)

 

Monday morning, April 17, 2017, 7:10 a.m.

    After not being picked for two days, the strawberry fields are full of ripe berries!  We received only about .10 inch of rain last night, and it looks like we could get a few light showers again this morning.  But the chances and the amounts appear to be so minimal that it should do little to interfere with picking.  Remember, our walkways in the field are sandy soil, with a mowed grass cover, making it easy to pick, even when we have had a heavy rain.  Just come prepared, with some raingear.

    Discounts for quantities of 18 pounds or more are again in effect for Monday through Friday of this week.

 

Friday evening, April 14, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

    Because we had so many people out picking today (750 pounds of strawberries), there will be much less to pick on Saturday (less than 300 pounds)!  If you are coming Saturday, be here at, or before, 9:00 a.m.  We are anticipating that we will run out of ripe berries in less than two hours.  At whatever time we estimate that enough customers have arrived to pick the amount of ripe fruit that is available for picking, we will close the gate to any additional traffic entering.  That could be as early as 9:30 a.m., but probably no later than noon.

    We will be closed on Easter Sunday, and re-open again at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, weather permitting.

 

Thursday evening, April 13, 2017, 6:55 p.m.

    Because it is a holiday from school and work for a lot of people, Good Friday is usually one of our heaviest customer traffic days of the strawberry season!  If you can avoid it, and choose to come some other time, particularly a regular weekday, I would strongly recommend doing so!

    However, if you are planning to come on Friday, take note of these conditions:  We have passed the peak of this year's strawberry season, and the plants are producing only about half as much ripe fruit per day, as they were just two or three weeks ago.  That being said, we have had some slower traffic days this week, which has allowed the plants to accumulate some "carry-over" fruit from day to day that did not get picked, and will add to the available ripe fruit for picking on Friday.  I had been warning customers planning to come on Friday that they should plan to be here when we open the gate at 9:00 a.m., and that if they came later than that, there might be a good chance that we wouldn't have enough berries for more customers than those early arrivals, forcing us to close the gate very early to any additional traffic.  After a late afternoon survey of the fields about an hour ago, it appears that the situation tomorrow morning will not be quite that desperate.  It looks like we could have 600 to 700 pounds of berries ready for picking, and with that amount, and heavy traffic, I would expect to be open at least most of the morning, before we might need to close, because of being picked out of ripe fruit.  If you are planning to come noon or later, it would be best to call first, to see if we are still open.

    If we are picked as hard on Friday as I expect, there may be only about half as many fresh-ripening berries ready for picking again on Saturday.  We will definitely be closed on Easter Sunday, for family time.  When we are entirely closed for a full day, the following day is frequently an exceptional picking day, because the fruit has had an additional day to become much riper.  This Monday should be that kind of day!  And, I know that at least a couple of our local school districts will have an additional holiday on Monday!

 

Tuesday evening, April 11, 2017, 7:25 p.m.

    A very slow day at the orchard!  When the weather is good here, and no customers are showing up, we know that it must be "raining in all the rest of the world!"  That was the case today.  Yes, we had a little drizzle this morning...not enough to keep a few intrepid customers from having the strawberry fields all to themselves!  When other locations were getting heavy rain last night, we barely received a trace.  And, this afternoon, when Austin and San Antonio were still socked in under thick clouds, we had wide open, sunny skies!  As a result, our fields are completely dry, not muddy, and ready to receive savvy pickers, who want to take advantage of great harvesting conditions, with an abundance of fruit, the next couple of days, before the crowds descend on us this Friday and Saturday!

 

Tuesday morning, April 11, 2017, 7:30 a.m.

    NO RAIN!  Although some locations north of Fredericksburg, near Mason, received in excess of 3 inches of rain last night, here at the orchard we only had a trace!  There is still a chance for light showers during the day today, but this should be very little hindrance to strawberry pickers.  Just come prepared, with some raingear.  Great day to pick without the crowds!  Lots of ripe berries!

 

Monday, April 10, 2017, 10:00 p.m.

    The weather forecast for tonight has improved in the last few hours!  The current forecast and radar show the storm arriving here from the northwest about 1:00 a.m., passing out of here by 3:00 a.m., moving southeast, and leaving us with less rain than originally predicted.  There is only a very slight chance of any showers hanging around Tuesday morning, and even less chance in the afternoon.  Therefore, tomorrow should provide some excellent strawberry picking, probably all day.  Don't worry about muddy fields....our mowed grass, and sandy soils, make for easy access down the strawberry rows, even after hard rains.

    We just started discounts in one of our three blocks of strawberries, where the berries are averaging smaller in size.  For 18 pounds (approximately 3 boxes), or more, we will reduce the price from $3.00 per pound down to $2.50 per pound.  If you are wanting to make strawberry preserves, these would be the ideal berries to pick.  Because most customers prefer to pick larger berries, smaller berries go un-picked longer, having more of a chance to get higher in sugar, or "over-ripe", making the preserves outstanding in flavor!  We will offer this discount only as long as there is an over-abundance of these smaller berries, and only on weekdays, not including this Good Friday holiday.  In other words, this week, Monday through Thursday; and next week, Monday through Friday.  Beyond that, we will re-evaluate week by week, to determine if we need continue to make the offer to encourage more customers to help us get a surplus of berries picked before they become too ripe, and spoil.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017, 7:50 p.m.

    Good strawberry picking Monday morning.....but it could be wet!  The strawberry fields have not been picked since noon on Saturday.  (We were closed Saturday afternoon, and all day today.)  That means there will be a very good supply of strawberries ready for picking on Monday morning!  Although there is a chance of rain in the morning, it appears that it will be light, if it occurs at all.  Just come prepared, and any showers should not keep you from picking some amazing berries!  By tomorrow afternoon, the rain chances and the intensity goes up, so don't count on our being open all day.  The serious rain is forecast for tomorrow night, and lingering into Tuesday morning.  If that is the case, we will most likely be closed Tuesday morning, and possibly all day.  The weather forecast for the reminder of the week looks pretty nice, but with a continuing slight chance of rain each day.

    Our daily volume of ripe berries has gone down, but the plants have by no means quit producing....there are still plenty of green berries that will be ripening over the next several weeks.  With less fruit, and more customers discovering us each day, it is all the more important to be here at opening time (9:00 a.m., Mon.-Sat.) on the day you choose to come.  If you can't come until later in the day, it would be best to call first (830-997-9433) to see if we are still open, and not sold out of ripe berries for the day.

 

Saturday, April 8, 2017, 6:25 p.m.

    We will be closed this Sunday, April 9th!  My apologies to those of you who may have hoped to come out this Sunday.  After substantial picking by customers today, we evaluated the fields for an estimate of potential ripe berries for tomorrow, and determined that there would not be enough to make it worthwhile for us to be open....probably less than 150 pounds.  In comparison, we had been averaging about 500 pounds per day for this past week.  If we try to open for picking, with such a small quantity of fruit, on a day when we would expect a lot of customers, the result is a lot of unhappy, frustrated customers, who can't find enough ripe berries to pick.

    By remaining closed for a day, the plants will have a chance to produce a very good crop of ripe berries for us again Monday.  When I had first considered being open this Sunday, it was in anticipation that it would be raining Monday, and I wanted to be sure that we got all the ripe berries out of the field before they had a chance to spoil from rain on Monday and Tuesday, and from the likelihood that we would have very few customers out to pick, if it was raining.  The current forecast is more encouraging for Monday....there is only a slight chance of light rain during the day on Monday, with heavier rains probable for Monday night and Tuesday morning.  Therefore, if you can, I would suggest coming out early on Monday morning, when the supply of berries should again be very good, and when there won't be a big crowd to share it with.  Do come prepared for the possibility of light showers.

    For picking any other days this coming week, keep checking back here for the daily updates.  It appears that the supply of berries may continue to be light for this week, but with an adequate amount of nice fruit for early pickers each day.  At this time, this next weekend (including Good Friday, which is normally one of our busiest days of the season) does not look promising.  We will continue to make estimates of the conditions, and post here, as we get closer to those days.  We are planning to be closed on Easter Sunday....like many of you, we have plans to be with family that day.

 

Friday, April 7, 2017, 6:20 p.m.

    We will probably be open for a very short time on Saturday morning!  The daily production of ripe strawberries has dropped off significantly, meaning there will not be enough fruit to supply a large number of customers.  If you must come Saturday (rather than the much slower weekdays), be here no later than 9:00 a.m.!  When we estimate that we have opened the gate to as many customers as we can serve, with the amount of fruit that is ready for picking, we will close the gate to any additional traffic!  If there are more than 30 cars waiting at 9:00 a.m., it is possible that we may need to close immediately after allowing all those to enter.

    After entering, please be prepared to receive 10 minutes of instruction, in groups of no more than about 20 people at a time.  Please do not attempt to walk in on an instruction, once it has begun.  Wait for the next group.  Hopefully, by cutting off a continuous stream of additional cars, we can better insure that those of you who made the effort to arrive early, will not need to worry about competing for picking with late arrivals.  Our goal is for you to have a pleasant, relaxed experience of picking some awesome strawberries!

    By closing very early on Saturday, there is a greater opportunity for a good quantity of more berries to ripen enough to justify our being open for pickers again at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.  That is not certain at this time, and the decision will be made late Saturday afternoon, and posted here.  Again, if you have the choice, and can avoid coming on the weekend, you will find the picking experience much more enjoyable on a weekday.

 

Thursday, April 6, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

    Short day on Friday!  We are planning on closing by noon.  If you come out early, you should not have any problem finding enough berries to pick, but if the traffic continues to be as busy as the last several days, there won't be much left to pick by lunchtime.  That is one of the reasons that we expect to be closed early.  Another reason is that we are anticipating a large crowd on Saturday morning, and the plants will need time to recover tomorrow afternoon, in order to have enough fruit on Saturday for at least the first 30 or 40 cars of customers!  Saturday will most likely be a very short day!  Can you wait until next week?  The picking should continue to be very good, and the first four days of the week should be much calmer!

 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

    Looking good for picking again tomorrow!  There is a good chance that we will be able to stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, but it is still best to call before coming later in the day.

 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 10:45 p.m.

    Sorry for the late night update!  I've been halfway across the state, and back, today, to attend an educational meeting, informing us about innovative methods of growing strawberries.

    We had another productive day of strawberry picking today at the orchard, and it looks like we should do very well again tomorrow.  However, as we have been cautioning this week, do not count on our having enough berries to stay open all day.

    There is a big weather change coming tonight.  No rain, but colder and windier tomorrow....with sunny skies!  Dress appropriately.

 

Monday, April 3, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

    Another very good strawberry picking day!  Between a large order that our workers picked, and berries picked by customers, a total of 470 pounds were picked today!  I don't expect to have quite that many ripe for picking tomorrow, but I think there could easily be at least 300 pounds.  If we have a lot of customers early in the morning, that amount could be picked before noon.

    Regardless of whether or not we are picked out of ripe berries by that time, we do plan to close around noontime on Tuesday.  I will be gone all day to an important strawberry growers meeting in another part of the state, and I am leaving the operation in the very capable hands of my three field workers and one volunteer friend.  Asking them to cover for me more than half a day, with their many other responsibilities, would be unreasonable.  If the volume of fruit will sustain it, we will plan to be open Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Just remember, we cannot promise, ahead of time, to be open until 5:00 on any particular day, when we have no idea how many customers will show up, and how much they will pick earlier in the day, possibly forcing us to close early, due to lack of any additional ripe berries for that day.  Call before coming in the afternoon.  We will also be open at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, but since that is usually the busiest day of the week, it is very unlikely that we will have enough strawberries to last more than a few hours.

 

Sunday, April 2, 2017, 6:45 p.m.

    Wow!  That was some storm we had through here early this morning!  It was good that we had anticipated it, and had planned to be closed for the day.  The amount of rain was not so much for it to be a problem tomorrow.  The fields will be adequately dried out, and the weather looks great for the rest of the week.  And, having had a day of not being picked, the fields should yield a large quantity of ripe berries on Monday!

    We expect the strawberry harvesting to continue to be very good again every day this week.  However, I am recommending that customers get out here early each day, since the daily production of ripe berries is beginning to decrease, whereas in other years we would normally just now be reaching the peak of production.  I am expecting to have a fairly steady supply of berries throughout the month of April, but I am not expecting to have an over-abundance.  If you are waiting for Easter weekend (along with everyone else!), don't!  I'm guessing that the production will be down significantly by that time.

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017, 3:15 p.m.

    With a moderate flow of traffic this morning, we were able to stay open a little longer than expected, and finally ended up closing a little after noon.  By that time, it was beginning to become much more difficult for customers to find enough ripe berries to pick.  In order to give the plants an adequate amount of time to recover from the heavy picking of the last several days, we will not re-open until 9:00 a.m. on Monday.  Also, the strong probability of rain tonight and tomorrow is not conducive to strawberry picking this Sunday.

    The production and the size of the strawberries is diminishing, but the season is still far from over.  The quality and the flavor of the berries is still excellent.  I'm expecting at least another month of fairly good picking, and this coming week looks to be particularly good.  The weather this next week, also, appears to be very pleasant.  Still, the best bet is to be out here early on whichever day you choose to come, in case we get picked out, and have to close early.

 

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 p.m.

    We had a very big crowd today!  Because we had so much fruit picked today, finding ripe strawberries tomorrow will be somewhat difficult.  We are expecting no more than 300 to 400 pounds of berries ready for picking on Saturday .... last Saturday that number was 1200 pounds!  If you have a choice, and can come on a weekday next week, do not come tomorrow!!!  The number of pick-your-own customers will be much less, and the daily amount of ripe fruit should continue to be fairly substantial each morning of the coming week.

    If you are determined to come Saturday morning, I strongly recommend that you be waiting at the gate, when we open it at 9:00 a.m.  It is most likely that we will need to limit the customer traffic to no more than the amount that the ripe fruit can support for the day.  That could mean no more than the first 40 - 50 cars.  At that point, we will close the gate to any further customers for the day.  We have no way of knowing exactly what time this may happen, but it could easily be within the first hour.

    As usual, we are very challenged in the area of attracting temporary staff help during these rare, high traffic events.  Therefore, please be prepared Saturday morning to have as much as a half hour wait, before you actually get to the fields for picking.  It is essential that everyone (including previous customers) receive the same instructional information for the current day's picking conditions, before heading for the field.  We typically do this in groups of no more than 20 people at a time, and we will ask anyone arriving after one of these instructions have begun, to gather aside, form the next group, and wait their turn for the next full instruction.

    With the anticipated heavy picking on Saturday, and the likelihood of rain on Sunday, we will almost certainly need to remain closed this Sunday.  A definite decision will be made late Saturday, and posted here.  The weather forecast next Monday thru Friday looks excellent, and the strawberry crop should continue to be very good.

 

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

 

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Other news:

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

The Peach Tree

Vaudeville

Sunset Grill

Buffalo Nickel

Cabernet Grill

August E's

Navajo Grill

 

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Strawberry Prices

Pick-your-own price:  $3.00 per pound  ($10.00 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.)

 

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

We are now again having to close early most days, due to more customers, but fewer berries.  Read the most current update at the top of this page.

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

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

 

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

 
 

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Typical happenings at Marburger Orchard from previous years

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

 

 Our peach trees blooming in March, 2014!

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

Bounty peach trees in bloom 3/18/14

 

Orchard tasks, year-round!

(The following was posted late Spring 2013.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Pictures of Events During Past Years

 

January 4, 2013  --  snow pictures!

Fayette peach trees

 

Strawberry field  --  peach orchard in the background

 

A blanket of snow on a strawberry plant

 

October 18, 2012  --  strawberry planting time

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

 

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

 

 

 

October 16, 2014   Planting strawberries!

 

 

Strawberries

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

 

 

 

 

Peaches

Peaches are our primary crop!

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

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

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

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

 

Blackberries

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

 

Vegetables

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

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

We do not grow fall and winter vegetables.

 

 

Pick-Your-Own Prices

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

 

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

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

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

 

Meusebach Creek Farm

 

Austin Street Retreat

 

Longhill

 

Directions to Marburger Orchard

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

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

 559 Kuhlmann Rd.

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

Pick-Your-Own!

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

Call or check back here for current information.


(830) 997-9433

 

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

Click below on pictures of Peaches, Strawberries, and Blackberries

 

E-mail List

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

Strawberries

 

Peaches

 

Blackberries

More Pictures

click here for Spring 2010 peach bloom pictures

         (Spring 2010 strawberry pictures)     

  (2009 photos!)

  (2008 Pictures at Marburger Orchard)

 

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


Click here to go to the Hill Country Fruit Council