40 Years of Quality Fruit & Memorable Experiences
Redglobe peaches picked July 8, 2018
Closed for the season -- except for this Friday morning!
(call for produce purchase appointments after Friday)
We again this year have excellent quality Nicaraguan coffee (supporting Young Life programs, both there and in the U.S.).
For the latest information, read the dated postings below.
Thursday, August 9, 2018, 9:45 p.m.
We will be open tomorrow morning, Friday, August 10, 8:00 a.m. until noon. We have no peaches, but still have Sugar Queen cantaloupes, zucchini, yellow squash, okra, and Asian Pears. for sale at the orchard shed. We have nothing for pick-your-own. This will be the last scheduled time for us to be open this year. We will, however, be happy to have customers visit us, by appointment, to make purchases of any of the above mentioned produce, which we expect to continue harvesting the next several weeks.
(Continue reading earlier postings, below, for more details.)
Saturday, August 4, 2018, 1:40 p.m.
Closed the rest of today, and all day Sunday. Open again Monday morning. Correction: In yesterday's post, I had said that we would be open Tuesday and Friday morning this coming week. That has been changed to Monday and Friday morning, due to a scheduling conflict. Reminder: Call, and make arrangements, if you wish to come by at some other time.
Friday, August 3, 2018, 6:20 p.m.
NO MORE PEACHES! We sold our last peaches of the season this morning, and, therefore, the orchard is officially closed for the rest of this year. However, because we will continue to have other produce available for sale for at least another month, customers can still make arrangements to come by the orchard for these purchases. For that purpose, the gate will be open for these customers tomorrow, Saturday, August 4th, and again this next Tuesday and Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to noon, each of those days. In order to not confuse or mislead other random motorists, as to the availability of peaches, our sign out on Hwy. 87, from this point on, will display "CLOSED" at all times, in spite of the gate actually being open on the dates that I just specified. Furthermore, we will be happy to take appointments for you to come by at other pre-arranged times to make purchases....particularly if you are wanting a larger quantity, which may require our reserving from several days of harvest.
Other produce which will be available for the next several weeks: Sugar Queen cantaloupes, zucchini, yellow squash, okra, and Asian Pears. (and maybe a few ugly tomatoes!)
Wednesday, August 1, 2018, 8:35 p.m.
Well, we have come to the end of the peach season for this year! There are no more peaches waiting to be picked in the trees. We expect to sell what few peaches we now have on hand in the next two days. The orchard will be closed tomorrow, Thursday, but you can come see us, and buy peaches at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, along with some of our other remaining produce....very sweet Sugar Queen cantaloupes , okra, and Asian pears. The orchard will be open again Friday morning, starting at 8:00 a.m., for customers wanting to make purchases of these same items at our shed. I suspect that the only peaches that we will have at that time will be just a few "#2's" (blemished, or very small fruit). Since we will continue to have some of our other produce for a few more weeks after peaches are finished, we will probably be open again Saturday morning, for customers to make these purchases (check back here Friday night for the latest update). Starting next week, we will most likely be open only 2 or 3 mornings a week. If you would like to try to make an appointment to come by, call (830-997-9433), and leave a message to that effect (please be slow and clear with your message, and a phone number to call back). We will have no other crops for pick-your-own, on a regular basis, for this year.
Monday, July 30, 2018, 10:45 p.m.
We will be entirely finished with peaches by the end of this week. There is not enough good selection in the trees for any more pick-your-own (except for customers who can use small or blemished fruit). We will have very little to offer for sale at the orchard shed in the way of #1 quality peaches, but we will have lots of #2's, at great price deals! And, we do continue to have other produce, which we are still harvesting, for sale at the shed!
Due to a very limited amount of peaches, and a much reduced staff, we will be closed Tuesday and Thursday, and open Wednesday and Friday morning only, for the rest of this week....Saturday is still in question, since we expect to be completely out of peaches by that time...check back here Friday night.
Saturday, July 28, 2018, 1:15 p.m.
Picked out this morning! CLOSED this afternoon, and all day Sunday. No more pick-your-own for this year? Thanks to very patient and diligent pick-your-own customers this morning, almost all of the remaining peaches for this season have been picked! At this point, we do not think it is worthwhile for customers to try to pick the few peaches that are still in some trees. Besides being scarce, and hard to find, most of it is either very small, or very blemished from old insect wounds. If anyone wants to try to pick any of this fruit, we may make you a deal, where you "clean out" the entire tree, keeping only the fruit that is "useable" (but ugly), at a much reduced price!
We, ourselves, will be trying to go through all the trees of these late season varieties, the next several days, picking all the halfway decent looking peaches that we can find, and having them for sale at the orchard shed. As long as we still have something to sell, we will plan to be open this next week only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, 8:00 a.m. until noon. We are now picking a few of our very sweet Sugar Queen cantaloupes each day, for sale at the shed, along with zucchini, yellow squash, and okra. Our Asian Pears are now ripening, and being harvested, and also are available at the shed. You may call ahead, and make arrangements for us to hold any of these items for you (830-997-9433).
Thursday, July 26, 2018, 9:10 p.m.
CLOSED FRIDAY, open Saturday morning (only) -- read yesterday's post!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 9:20 p.m.
We will be open Thursday (closed Friday), and open again Saturday. The orchard will be open for pick-your-own, starting at 8:00 a.m., on both days, until we run out of ripe peaches for that day. We will close no later than 12:00 noon, if not earlier (depending on available fruit), on both days.
Peach picking will be difficult both days. These will probably be the last days this season for peach picking....we may still have a few to sell off of the counter next week. There is very little fruit left in the last two peach varieties of the season, Dixiland and Fayette. Almost all of the remaining fruit is either small, or "blemished" (mostly old insect scars), but is still sweet and useable, if you can tolerate the imperfections. Due to the current conditions, we have reduced the price on both varieties, and we are especially offering discounts on larger volumes (also on pre-picked #2 peaches).
When we finish our peaches, we will no longer be open on a regular basis, but you may call (830-997-9433), and make arrangements to come by for some of our other fruits and vegetables, that may be continuing for another month.
If you can't make it to the orchard tomorrow, come by, and see us at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon.
Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Reminder: We will be CLOSED WEDNESDAY (and Friday). The orchard will be open for picking at 8:00 a.m. Thursday and Saturday, but possibly for only a couple of hours each of those mornings, since there are now very few peaches left for picking. If you are coming for pick-your-own, be prepared to spend some time searching, and be willing to take some "imperfect" fruit. If you are looking for pre-picked peaches, our selection will be very limited from this point on, with the exception of "seconds" (or #2's). We have an abundance of these, that we can supply you with....just give us advanced notice, and we will have them ready, and waiting for you!
In addition to some of our other produce listed below, some of our Asian Pears are now being harvested, and are for sale at our shed, and at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market.
Monday, July 23, 2018, 7:25 p.m.
The 2018 peach season is quickly coming to an end! A fair number of customers this morning significantly reduced the amount of fruit remaining to be picked in the Dixiland variety. What little fruit is still in these trees is mainly small or ugly (due to early season insect injury), and I suspect that this variety will be pretty much "cleaned out" in the next several days. Today was the first day for customers to attempt to find a few ripe peaches in the Fayette variety. Much of this fruit is very large, and very attractive, but there is not very much ripe for picking each day, primarily because we have so few trees of this variety.
Due to the diminishing amount of peaches, the excessive afternoon temperatures, and our reduced staffing, our days and hours of being open will be much more limited. This week, we will be open Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday morning, 8:00 a.m. until noon (possibly closing earlier any day that we run out of fruit before noon). Our tentative plan for next week is to be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning, expecting that there will be few, if any more, peaches beyond that time. Keep watching our postings here, as developing conditions may change our plans.
We are now picking a few of our very sweet Sugar Queen cantaloupes each day, for sale at the shed, first come, first serve. We also continue to have zucchini, yellow squash, and okra.
Also, for a limited time right now, we have a fair supply of our last white peach variety of the season, Summersweet.
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Hours of Operation
Check the daily updates, at the top of this page, for current estimated hours.
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.
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In addition to cash or checks, we are now equipped to accept credit or debit cards (with a $1.00 transaction fee).
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A little history!
Peach Harvest -- 2017 (last year)
Our peach crop will be extremely limited this year, due to an unusually warm winter, resulting in the lack of required "chilling hours", or dormancy. There will be so few peaches that there will be no pick-your-own in peaches this year! We will pick ourselves, what little we have in all varieties, and sell them at our orchard sales shed, and at the Fredericksburg Farmers Market, as they are available. All area growers, including ourselves, are expecting a very meager crop on our early peach varieties (now through mid-June), and essentially no crop on the more popular mid-June to late July varieties. Our advise, if you want any peaches at all this year....buy early, and take what you can get, when you can get it! Do not expect to be able to buy half bushel quantities....the sparse crop will be too valuable to sell in anything other than smaller box quantities.
We will finish harvesting our first variety, Regal, in the next couple of days. Over a 10 day period, we will harvest only approximately 60 half bushels (25 pounds per half bushel). This is an average of 150 pounds per day. In a "good" year, our peach crop averages about 1250 pounds, daily, for about two months, from our ten varieties! Regal has had more peaches per tree than any of our other varieties will have this year! Many trees will have absolutely no fruit! I'm expecting less than 50 pounds per day, average, for the June varieties, with virtually no crop at all on the July varieties. And, there will be many days when we have no peaches, whatsoever, to sell!
Beware: If you see anyone this year selling "Texas Peaches" anywhere other than a permanent, grower owned and operated fruit stand, those peaches are almost certainly "imported"!
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***We are experimenting with a fairly new agricultural concept....the use of "high tunnels" to alter the climate conditions for growing crops. A high tunnel is similar to a huge greenhouse, but normally without the advantage of heating or cooling, other than by closing or venting. Currently, we have about 10% of our strawberries in these structures, and we have planted a few tomato plants in remaining available space. I will try to post pictures, as time permits.
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***We wish to thank the following Fredericksburg restaurants for using our strawberries earlier this year in their menus:
The Peach Tree
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***Again this year, we will have for you excellent quality Nicaraguan coffee -- check back here in the coming weeks for more information about my family's involvement where it is grown, about the new "branding" of the coffee, and about the larger selection of products, which we will have available.
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Typical happenings at Marburger Orchard from previous years
(I will attempt to post current pictures and happenings as time permits!)
Our peach trees blooming in March, 2014!
(full bloom in 2015 was about one week later--around March 22-26)
Bounty peach trees in bloom 3/18/14
Orchard tasks, year-round!
(The following was posted late Spring 2013.)
The major orchard task from January through March was getting all of the peach trees pruned before they bloomed in mid-March.
Peach trees need an accumulation of "chilling hours" during the winter months in order to grow vigorously and produce a good crop in the spring and summer. Because of a mostly mild winter, our trees had inadequate chilling. Therefore, we did a chemical spray of the trees during the second week of February, which we hoped would enhance this chilling requirement. It appeared that this spray did help. However, there were some varieties, and some individual trees, that showed the effects of inadequate chilling by being slow to "leaf out". This delayed start in the spring was probably responsible for some of the delayed ripening that we saw on some of our peach varieties.
Other ongoing orchard tasks include mowing, spraying weeds, irrigating, fertilizing, and monitoring for insect pests.
Normally, in April and May we devote the majority of our time to "thinning" excessive fruit off of the peach trees, so that the remaining fruit can grow larger in size. Of course, with the loss of most of this crop to the severe freeze in late March, there was very little need for thinning this year.
Once there was very little chance of additional late freezes, during the first week of April we planted our tomato plants and most of the seeds for our summer vegetables.
After the orchard is closed to customers in late summer, we do not re-open until strawberry season begins in late February or early March. During that off time, we stay busy with planting and caring for the new strawberry plants, and maintaining the peach trees, which includes cutting out dead limbs and trees, irrigating, and controlling weeds, plus equipment repair and maintenance.
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Pictures of Events During Past Years
January 4, 2013 -- snow pictures!
Fayette peach trees
Strawberry field -- peach orchard in the background
A blanket of snow on a strawberry plant
October 18, 2012 -- strawberry planting time
Our 16,000 strawberry plants arriving, in preparation for planting the next week.
The beds were built in September, and in this picture we are connecting the irrigation, in preparation for planting.
October 16, 2014 Planting strawberries!
Strawberry season is primarily March and April. In June/July we remove the old plants, take out the old plastic and irrigation lines, and plow up the field. In September we rebuild the plastic-covered beds, and in October we plant new plants.
Peaches are our primary crop!
We have 10 varieties, normally ripening between mid-May and early August. Each variety lasts approximately two weeks, with the peak of production being in the middle of that two weeks. Since the ripening dates for each variety vary from one year to the next, based on constantly changing weather conditions, I can only estimate the ripening dates for the varieties. I continue to revise these estimated dates during the harvest season.
January through early March is the time when each tree in the orchard is meticulously hand-pruned, to create the most desirable structure for a healthy crop. Peach trees produce best when they have had adequate "chilling hours" during their winter dormancy, from November through February. During this dormancy, freezes do not usually cause any harm to the trees. The trees bloom and set their fruit in March, followed by the emergence of the new foliage. In April, our workers begin the tedious work of thinning. Thinning is the task of removing excessive fruit, so that the remaining peaches can grow to larger size. This work is done almost exclusively by hand, one peach at a time, and is usually not completed in all varieties until late May!
From late February to early April, we are always vulnerable to freezing weather, which can result in either a partial or total loss of the year's peach crop. Springtime is also when there is the threat of thunderstorms, accompanied by hail, which may scar or devastate the crop.
A lot of pruning, irrigating, fertilizing, insect prevention and weeding goes on year-round, in order to maintain healthy peach trees, and to produce good quality fruit.
Blackberry season is May and June. We have four varieties, that ripen at different times over that two month period. The plants are tied up on trellis wires, with grass walkways between, for ease of picking.
Because of the threat of killing freezes, most of our summer vegetables can not be planted until early April, which results in harvest being mostly in June and July. The exception is our onion crop, which we normally start digging by the end of April or early May. We try to have a good assortment of vegetables each year.
Although we allow some pick-your-own, we do most of the picking of the vegetables ourselves, so that we can be sure that they will be harvested at their freshest and best early each morning--tomatoes 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.
No longer used regularly -- best to keep up with current happenings by checking the daily updates here on the website.
Click below on pictures of Peaches, Strawberries, and Blackberries
(Note: It has become more and more difficult for me to find time to add new "sign-ups" to our email list, and to keep that list updated. Also, it has become less necessary to send out reminder notices to our customers, with the growing number of customers, and the "shrinking" size of the orchard. Therefore, you are welcome to add your name to the email list, but know that the best means to staying informed is to check this website on a regular basis, where I post updates on what is happening several times a week, during the harvest season.)
The best way for us to send notices to you about what is happening at Marburger Orchard is by e-mail. In addition to being the quickest
method, it allows us to get information to you more specific to your
interests, and is a less costly way for us to stay in touch with our
growing list of customers. It also allows us to notify you anytime we
might have a special going, such as during an unexpected surplus of
overripe fruit. If you are a new customer, or have never
before registered with us, please go to “Join Our
this page, and register. Be sure the e-mail address you enter on the
form is current, and 100% correct--we do get back a fair number of
"undeliverable" e-mails. Recently, we seem to be
getting our e-mail notices blocked by more of our customers.
Be sure your spam filter allows messages from: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a previous customer, and are already on our mailing list, we would still like for you to fill out this form, if you have never before done so, especially if you would like to start getting e-mail notices, instead of our traditional cards. Please, please, please, do not fill out this form more than once!!! That only creates more unnecessary work for me, deleting the duplications. If you think you should be getting an e-mail when you are not, first be patient--it may not yet be the appropriate time for notices to go out on that particular crop. If you are not getting a notice when the crop has started, check with us to be sure we have your correct e-mail address.
Important change in notifications: I am no longer mailing out
With almost everyone now using e-mail, the printing, labeling, and mailing of cards is no longer cost or time effective.
There may be additional e-mail notices
under special circumstances, such as unusual crop abundance, or limited
We will not give your e-mail address to anyone else, and we will try to use this method of communication sparingly. We do not want to become another source of annoying spam mail for you!
If you choose not to sign up for notices from us, you can simply check back here on our website on a regular basis. We attempt to post current updates as frequently as necessary during the harvest season to keep our customers aware of changing conditions.
click here for Spring 2010 peach bloom pictures
(Spring 2010 strawberry pictures)
(2008 Pictures at Marburger Orchard)
Marburger Orchard is a member of the Hill Country Fruit Council. We have been a Hill Country peach tradition for 40 years! You know it's fresh when you pick your own peaches, strawberries and blackberries! Your vacation or outing to the Texas Hill Country just isn't complete until you've tasted the fresh fruits of our Gillespie County orchard. Primarily pick-your-own, but sometimes we have already picked fruit available. All our fruit is the best quality fruit nature can provide. We take great pride in our well maintained orchard, which provides the greatest ease of picking and family enjoyment!
Click here to go to the Hill Country Fruit Council