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

 Marburger Orchard

37 Years of Quality Fruit & Memorable Experiences

Our 1st place 1/4 bushel prize peaches at the 2016 Gillespie County Peach Show

 


Peach availability very limited through this weekend...improving again next week!

Blackberry season is quickly coming to the end.

Strawberry season is now finished.

Frequently we must close early, due to a lack of enough ripe fruit for the demand.  For current picking conditions, and times we expect to be open, read the updates posted below, and usually revised several times each week.

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 8:35 p.m.

   Peach picking will be difficult the next three days!  You may want to consider waiting another week or two!  We are coming to the end of the two week harvest period for the Redglobe and Majestic varieties.  Each day there will be less and less fruit on the trees remaining to ripen, and to be picked.  If you are planning to come pick any of the next three days, be here before 8:00 a.m.....we may have to limit the number of cars entering the orchard for picking at opening time, in response to the amount of ripe peaches that we estimate to be ready for picking for that day!  We may open the gate, let the waiting cars in, and then close the gate to any additional traffic, until the first customers have picked, and we can assess whether or not we have any surplus fruit for more pickers.  Most likely, there will not be a second opening of the gate, unless it is to allow late arrivals to make purchases of peaches and vegetables at the orchard shed.  However, with the very limited amount of peaches right now, we will be restricting our own picking, in order to leave as much as possible for our PYO customers, and, therefore, we will have very few pre-picked peaches available for sale at the shed.

    (For more information, keep reading the previous updates below.)

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016, noon

   CLOSED FOR THE REST OF TODAY!  We had most of our pick-your-own customers waiting at the gate this morning, when we opened a little before 8:00 a.m., and by 9:00 a.m. we determined that all the ripe peaches for the day had been picked, and we stopped PYO at that time.  We only had a very few pre-picked peaches to sell here at our shed, and those were gone by 11:00 a.m., causing us to close the orchard entirely for the day.  The total amount of ripe peaches today was about 35 half bushel boxes (25 lbs. per box) .... the amount tomorrow will be less ... maybe not even 20 boxes!  Friday will be still less, and by Saturday, there may be none!  (Continue reading previous days' postings, below, for a more detailed prediction of the crop for the remainder of this season.)

    Remember, if you can't make it out to the orchard tomorrow morning, we will be at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market Thursday afternoon 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 4:15 p.m.

   Closed early, again, today!  We finished, and closed pick-your-own in peaches this morning at 10:00 a.m.  We remained open for blackberry picking and sales at our shed until 3:00 p.m.

    We were able to harvest about 45 half bushels of ripe peaches today, and we expect that amount to decrease to about 35 tomorrow.  Each day this week will be less and less.  By Saturday morning, I would be surprised to have any more than 15 half bushel boxes.

    We have had a number of inquiries about the availability of peaches over the 4th of July weekend.  Here is what I predicted a week ago, on Tuesday, June 21st, and this is pretty much what I still expect:

    "The Redglobe and Majestic peaches will extend into next week, probably finishing by July 1st.  The next variety after these will be Dixiland, and we are uncertain right now of when it will start....maybe about the time the other two are finishing.  But, again, when a variety is just getting started for its two weeks of harvest, there is only a very small percentage of ripe fruit that is ripe each of the first few days.  This will most likely translate to our having very few peaches during the 4th of July weekend!  My prediction, at this moment, would be that we will be closed on both Sunday, July 3rd, and Monday July 4th, due to an insufficient amount of ripe peaches, and infringement on time off for my staff with their families.  If that is the case, Tuesday, July 5th should be a fantastic day for picking Dixiland peaches!  And, each day the rest of that week.  With only one or two varieties after Dixiland, and all varieties coming in earlier than usual, I would expect our 2016 peach season to end about the third week of July....not going into August this year."

    The only amendment I would make to this prediction (today) is that the Dixiland variety will probably have no peaches ripe enough to pick yet this weekend.  That means that we will probably have a very short and fast pick on Saturday morning, and then not be open for picking again until next Tuesday morning (maybe).  And, when we do open on Tuesday, the picking in Dixiland may not yet be "fantastic" .... that may come later that week.  Keep checking back here for further updates, as I try to interpret what I see happening day by day.

 

Monday, June 27, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

   We had approximately 70 half bushels of peaches picked today, but there will be only about 35 half bushels ripe enough to pick on Tuesday!

The reason for so much fruit today was the fact that the orchard had been closed to picking for nearly two days.  Also, our current peach varieties are nearing the end of their two week harvest period, and, therefore, have less and less fruit each day, remaining on the trees to ripen.  If we have traffic Tuesday morning similar to this morning, I'm guessing that we will have to shut down peach picking by 9:30, or earlier.  After that, the orchard will probably remain open until mid-afternoon for blackberry picking, and for sales of peaches and vegetables here at our shed.  Best to call first, if you can't get out until later.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 7:10 p.m.

   Monday will be another fantastic day for picking Redglobe and Majestic peaches!  By the time we open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, these peaches will have had nearly two full days of not being picked.  And that means two days for lots more peaches to get ripe, that were not ripe when we closed down picking on Saturday morning, after having a huge crowd pick everything that was ready at that time.  However, there is not an unlimited supply.  So, get out early, beat the heat, and get in on the very best selection!  Our estimate of ripe peaches for Monday is approximately 50 half bushels.  Tuesday and Wednesday will probably be less, unless there is surplus carry-over from Monday.  By the end of the week, there will most likely be very little unripened fruit left on these trees, and probably no fruit yet ripe in our next variety, Dixiland.

    Other pluses for coming out early this week:  Lots of blackberries still available for picking, a great selection of vegetables, and a very good supply of a very sweet white peach variety, Summersweet, which we will have for only about one week.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016, 8:40 a.m.

   CLOSED SUNDAY!  Open again Monday at 8:00 a.m.

 

Friday, June 24, 2016, 11:00 a.m.

   Peach PYO finished at 9:25 a.m. this morning!  We will probably still have a few peaches for sale here at the orchard stand until about noon.  Blackberries are still available for PYO, and there are pre-picked vegetables for sale at the shed.  We will stay open as long as we have these latter items, but probably no later that 3:00 p.m.

    Are you planning to come on Saturday, with the "mob"?!  Read carefully our reports for the last several days, and consider yourself "warned".  With fewer ripe peaches each day, right now, and the anticipated heavy traffic on Saturday, it would be my guess that we will need to restrict the number of customers coming to pick tomorrow morning.  We will make an estimate early tomorrow morning of the amount of ripe fruit we think we will have, and then only allow the appropriate number of cars to enter the orchard for picking....my guess would be no more than about the first 30 cars.  We are taking no orders for pre-picked peaches for Saturday, and we will have few to none available to sell at our shed, since doing so would remove more opportunity for our PYO customers.

    It is very probable that we will be closed entirely this Sunday, again, to allow more peaches to ripen better, and be ready for picking again on Monday morning.  We will continue to have the Redglobe and Majestic varieties next week, but in diminishing quantities each day, most likely finishing by the end of the week.

 

Thursday, June 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

   Peach PYO finished at 9:30 a.m. this morning!  Entirely sold out of peaches at our stand by 11:00 a.m.  Remaining open only until 2:30 p.m. for blackberry picking, and sales of our pre-picked vegetables.

    Expect the same situation, or even less peaches the next two mornings.  Read the advisories for the previous three days!

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:50 p.m.

   Don't wait for the weekend to come pick Redglobe and Majestic!  The daily production may be dropping off by Saturday, and, as you can see from my other reports this week, there are not enough ripe peaches each day to last more than a couple of hours....on Saturday, that may be less than one hour, or the first 20 or 30 cars!  What time do you need to be here Thursday or Friday?  8:00 a.m.!  8:00 a.m.!!  8:00 a.m.!!!!!  We will probably be close again this Sunday.  There will still be Redglobe and Majestic to pick next week, starting Monday, but the daily supply will be much less than this week.

    Remember, if you can't make it out to the orchard tomorrow morning, we will be at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market Thursday afternoon 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 1:25 p.m.

   9:45 a.m.!!!  That is the time that we shut down pick-your-own peaches this morning!  In less than two hours, approximately 50 half bushels (25 lbs. each) of peaches had been picked, and some of that was picked a little too green.  Therefore, we closed peach picking for the day, and will have to wait until 8:00 a.m. again tomorrow morning for more fruit to be ripe enough to pick (again, probably no more than 50 half bushel boxes).

    As of early afternoon, we still have blackberries for picking, but because we are sold out of peaches for the day...even from what we had picked, and for sale here in our sales shed....we will most likely be closing entirely by 3:00 p.m. today.

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:40 p.m.

    Another good day of picking Redglobe and Majestic peaches, but not high volume!  We are averaging about 35 to 40 half bushels of ripe peaches each day, and it doesn't look like that will increase very much as we approach the "peak" of the two week production in these two varieties toward the end of this week.  All the more reason to heed our warning of being out here at opening time, if you are coming for pick-your-own.  There is a very limited amount of ripe fruit ready for picking at the beginning of the day, and each day, so far, this week, that fruit has been picked within the first two or three hours, after which we are closing peach picking for the rest of the day.

    Because of the relative shortage of peaches, we are not picking a lot, ourselves, each day, for sale here at the shed, and we cannot take orders for more than about 10 pre-picked half bushels each day, without cutting too much into the availability of peaches on the trees for our PYO customers.  Those daily pre-picked orders are filling up fast, and are usually only for weekdays....the higher PYO traffic on Saturdays typically makes it much more stressful for us to do pre-picked orders.  And, most Sundays we have been closed, due to lack of fruit, after excessive Saturday picking.

    The Redglobe and Majestic peaches will extend into next week, probably finishing by July 1st.  The next variety after these will be Dixiland, and we are uncertain right now of when it will start....maybe about the time the other two are finishing.  But, again, when a variety is just getting started for its two weeks of harvest, there is only a very small percentage of ripe fruit that is ripe each of the first few days.  This will most likely translate to our having very few peaches during the 4th of July weekend!  My prediction, at this moment, would be that we will be closed on both Sunday, July 3rd, and Monday July 4th, due to an insufficient amount of ripe peaches, and infringement on time off for my staff with their families.  If that is the case, Tuesday, July 5th should be a fantastic day for picking Dixiland peaches!  And, each day the rest of that week.  With only one or two varieties after Dixiland, and all varieties coming in earlier than usual, I would expect our 2016 peach season to end about the third week of July....not going into August this year.

    Remember, also, we currently have a very good supply of blackberries and vegetables....some available for PYO.

 

Monday, June 20, 2016, 1:00 p.m.

    Still open this afternoon!  We were very busy with customers picking peaches this morning, but there are still a few more ripe peaches for picking this afternoon, for those who want to brave the heat!  If you don't want to pick, we have a good selection of pre-picked peaches here at the orchard sales shed, along with a wonderful assortment of vegetables fresh from our fields.  And, there are still abundant blackberries available for picking this afternoon!

    With a little carry-over of unpicked fruit from today, along with additional fruit ripening overnight, Tuesday's picking should be very good.  However, it is still best to be here as close to opening time as possible, because the word is out on the peach varieties that we are now harvesting, and the customer interest has increased significantly this week! 

 

Sunday evening, June 19, 2016

   Open at 8:00 a.m. Monday....however, still not much ripe fruit in our next peach varieties.  Mostly due to over-picking of under-ripe fruit on Saturday, there will probably be less than 20 half bushels ready for picking on Monday.  Redglobe and Majestic are still just getting started, and therefore are only ripening a very small percentage of their crop each day.  This should increase significantly by the end of this week.  In the mean time, just be here at 8:00 a.m., and, with a little patience in searching, you should be able to find an adequate amount of gorgeous fruit!  Our Bounty variety is nearly finished, but still has a very limited amount of beautiful peaches, which will be available to customers for only one or two more days.

    Blackberry picking should still be terrific on Monday.

    We now have a great supply of vegetables.....tomatoes, onions, yellow squash, zucchini, cucumbers, and green beans.  Tomatoes and green beans are available for PYO.

 

Sunday morning, June 19, 2016

   CLOSED TODAY!!  (But this coming week should be amazing!)

We do not have enough ripe to peaches to be open today for customer picking.  Yesterday was the first day of picking in Bounty, Redglobe, and Majestic varieties, and, as predicted, there were only about 25 half bushels of ripe peaches to be picked.  But, before we could close to any further picking at about 10:30 a.m., customers had picked an additional 5 to 10 half bushels, which were for the most part very green!  Fruit picked green will never get sweet after it is picked!  Therefore, we are staying closed today to allow more fruit to have an opportunity to ripen properly, before being picked.  Typically, the daily volume of ripe peaches increases as that variety enters its ten day to two week harvest time, and peaks about midway, which will be the middle to the end of this coming week.

    These three peach varieties should be fantastic each morning this week, starting at 8:00 a.m. Monday.  The fruit is the largest, prettiest, sweetest we have seen so far this season!  This idyllic condition will most likely last only 4 or 5 days!  This will be the premier peach picking time for this season!  And, we would expect to have large crowds every day....early!  We will have some peaches, in these, and other, varieties until mid-July, but the volume, and availability, of fruit each day will be much reduced.  Remember, we close each day when we feel like all the ripe fruit for that day has been picked.  This depends on the amount of ripe peaches for the day, the number of pick-your-own customers who show up, and the time those customers arrive....all factors which we have no control over!  Bottom line....be here when we open (also, much cooler!)....come later, and take the chance that the gate may already be closed for the day!  Best guess....no later than two hours on most days.

 

Friday, June 17, 2016, 8:30 p.m.

   EXTREMELY LIMITED PICKING THIS SATURDAY!!  This will be the first day of customer picking in three peach varieties, Bounty, Redglobe, and Majestic.  (read more details under yesterday's advisory)  We are guessing that there will be no more than a total of about 25 half bushels ripe enough for picking.  When we ascertain that an adequate number of customers have arrived to harvest that amount, we will close the gate to any additional traffic.  Also, due to the limited amount of ripe fruit now, we will be doing very little picking ourselves, for pre-picked peaches to sell at the shed, trying to leave as much as possible for our PYO customers.  Next week, when the fruit becomes more abundant, we will again be able to take calls for pre-picked half bushel orders.

    Check www.texaspeaches.com for availability of peaches from other orchards in the Hill Country.

 

Saturday morning, April 2, 2016, 8:00 a.m.

   NO FREEZE!  Clear skies, bright sunshine, very little wind, and an estimated temperature of 50° at our 9:00 a.m. opening time!  Perfect strawberry picking weather!

 

Friday, March 25, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

    As expected, today was HUGE!  In less than 3 hours, just over 600 lbs. of strawberries were picked ... the most in any one day, so far, this season!  Looking at the lighter color of many of the last berries to be picked, my workers believe that we stayed open too long, and let customers pick 200 more pounds of berries than we should have allowed.  Instead of having an estimated 400 lbs. of berries for customers to pick on Saturday, we are now guessing we will have only 200 to 250 pounds of ripe berries.  And, if we are rushed with as many customers as we had early today, we will most likely be finished picking, and have the gate closed by 11:00 a.m.

   

Thursday, January 28, 2016 (Earliest ever opening for PYO strawberries at Marburger Orchard!)

    Our first attempt to allow customers to do pick-your-own strawberries for this season will be at 2:00 p.m. this Saturday, January 30th.  We anticipate having no more than 50 to 100 lbs. of ripe berries for the day....that would be only 10 to 15 full berry boxes.  We will allow picking until we feel like there are no more berries ripe enough to pick, or until 5:00 p.m., whichever comes first.

    Although not very plentiful, these early berries are exceptionally large, and definitely sweet.  With this earlier start, we are expecting a much longer than normal season, and we are hoping for more leveling out of the crop, rather than the extreme peak of volume that we have experienced most years from late March to mid-April.

 

Other news:

    ***June 23, 2016:  Lucile Marburger, 98 year old mother of Gary Marburger, ringing the opening bell for the weekly Fredericksburg Farmers Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

    ***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 a very small portion of our strawberries in one of these structures, and tomato plants in the other one.  I will try to post pictures, as time permits.

 

 

  

 

                                                                                           

 

   ***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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Hours of Operation

Our "peach season hours"  --  ripe fruit and weather conditions permitting  --  are normally as follows (with frequent exceptions):  open at 8:00 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.

 

 

 

Pick-Your-Own Prices

 

Peaches

 

Redglobe:  $48.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $2.60/lb. for smaller quantities

 ($20.00 minimum purchase)

Majestic:  $48.00 per ½ bushel (apx. 25 lbs.), or $2.60/lb. for smaller quantities

 ($20.00 minimum purchase)

Bounty:  ****finished****

 

 

 

Blackberries 

$3.50/lb. ($5.00 minimum), plus a one time $.75 charge for the re-usable berry box.

(Pre-picked : no longer available)

 

 

 

 

(Our preferred method of payment is cash or check.  However, we are now equipped to accept credit or debit cards, when customers are unprepared to pay otherwise.)

 

 

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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

 

"2015 Peach Prospects"

(May 3, 2015)

It is still too early to try to estimate when the first peaches will be ripe this year.  Our first variety is Regal, and so far it is not giving us any predictable indicators.  My best guess is that it may start about May 20th, and last for one and a half to two weeks.  When the peach season begins, I will start posting here my best estimates of when each variety will be ripening.  Watch for those estimated dates to continually change week by week, as we observe changing conditions.

We had a severe freeze on March 6th, when the peach flower buds were still tightly closed, giving them some protection from a killing freeze.  In spite of that protection, there still was a high percentage of damage.  However, since peach trees produce far more blooms than the amount of ripe fruit the tree can comfortably carry, and still make good size, we could stand to lose a lot of that bloom, and essentially have a "full crop".  Initially, I thought that we would still have a "fairly good" crop this year.  However, during the last few weeks, we have seen some of the very small, developing peaches "shed", or drop off.  My current assessment is that we will have a "light" peach crop this year.  We have 10 different varieties, each ripening in its particular two week time period, from late May until early August.  The amount of fruit is not consistent on all varieties.  Some varieties may have a nearly full crop (like Regal), while other varieties may have an extremely light crop.  Customers will need to be very vigilant about choosing their time to come pick!

 

    (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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The best way for us to get 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 37 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