Fresh News 2018 - be sure to "refresh" to get the latest updates
Friday August 10 ---- Hey, hey. Believe it or not - Fall is on it's way! What?! It is a billzion degrees outside! I know but the calendar says so and ........ school is about to start. Anyway, the flowers have all been planted, Strawberry fields cultivated, and the Mazes have been planted and trying to grow.
This years Texas Maze theme is 'Colors across Texas'. Pedestrians will be looking for real 'color' towns in the state of Texas: Sierra Blanca, Redford, Black, Whiteflat, Silver, Goldwaithe, Grey Forest, Orange Grove, Brownsville, Orange, Rosebud and Greenville.
We hope to open up September 22 and go to November 4. Hope to see you then!
Thursday May 30, 2018 --- We have run out of fruit to pick! This Saturday (2nd) will be the final day of our Spring season. We wont have hardly any berries to pick until then but the Ice Cream and a fun outing will still be in play. It was a great Spring because of all the wonderful folks that came and enjoyed it with us.
Monday 5/28 -- I believe the Strawberry and Blackberry season have run their course for this year. The farm will be open through June 2nd. The Berry picking will be slim this week but those willing to do some hunting will find'em. The Ice Cream is plentiful and there is no shortage of hungry goats.
Now comes the not so fun job of removing all the Strawberry plants, cultivating the fields, pruning Blackberries, planting Zinnias, planting mazes and so on as we turn our attention to the Fall season.
Saturday 5/26 10am ---- What a great morning! Folks are finding Strawberries still but the Blackberries are already getting slim picking for the day. The Blackberry season is quickly coming to an end, I don't recommend coming out Sunday afternoon for Blackberries - Monday morning early will be the best bet.
I expect to have Strawberries through Monday and then the harvest will drop dramatically next week.
Wednesday evening 5/23 --- The Farm will be open through Memorial Day Monday and as long as there are berries to pick ............ but I expect the picking to be pretty slim toward the end of next week. Mornings are definitely the time to come now, the afternoons are getting very toasty.
Strawberries --- the Camino Real variety is putting on a late show. The berries are pretty good for this late in the season and fairly abundant. The upcoming heat wave will do a number on them so ....... the sooner the better for Strawberries. FYI: We do use pesticides occasionally in the early part of the season - I have not applied anything to the Strawberries in almost 2 months = we have found a few small worms in the berries we are picking for our freezers. On average - 2 or 3 worms per box of berries we cut. In the sense of openness - I thought I would let you know and ...... you might want to consider that when you are popping them in your mouth out in the field.
Blackberries are still producing but I think they are on their way out to. We will get through Memorial day and then fall off pretty quickly after that.
There is absolutely no shortage of Ice Cream, Popsicles and hungry goats!
Today turned out to be a important milestone for me - my favorite tractor turned to 5000 hours of use. Since I don't share it very well, that means I probably have put about 4900 of those hours on it. Why is that important? That means I have spent at least 4900 hours of my life in peaceful bliss :).
Saturday afternoon 5/19 -- I am very happy with the way the look of the Strawberries coming out of the fields - especially for this time of the year! The Camino Real variety is making one last push of nice looking Strawberries to be harvested. Sweet Charlie and Festival have gone to producing runners instead of berries and the Chandlers are not far behind. We are now on the home stretch of the 2018 Strawberry season. Supply is going to begin to diminish rapidly. I think we will have enough to get through Memorial day but expect them to shut down shortly thereafter.
Blackberries --- at least a week or maybe two left of the Blackberry season. Look low and high for the best blackest berries.
It is getting warm! Afternoons are getting pretty toasty, we highly recommend coming in the mornings these days.
The farm will stay open for as long as the Berry plants produce - I would expect to close for the summer in early early June.
Thursday Afternoon 5/17 --- Strawberries look good for this time of year with the heat bearing down on us! I'd say there is plenty for this weekend's picking, but picking will be slim after that. Don't forget to look under the leaves! That is where you are going to find the best berries. We had a nice little storm roll through Tuesday evening. Though we had high winds, we see very little damage. Oh yes... the blackberries... there are a FEW black blackberries on the vine. If you are wanting blackberries come early in the morning for the best supply. There are a TON of red berries out there that should be great for picking next week. Keep checking in with us for our blackberries!! This weekend we will be running all of our normal activities, and of course have our delicious treats for you, too. Our peach trees did not produce a sufficient crop so we will not have any pick-your-own peaches this year :( so sad, we know! Maybe the weather will work out next year. I hear there is a town just south of us that is the land of peaches Freddytown, or is it Hidensteinburg? Something like that....
Tuesday morning 5/15 - The Strawberries are making a bit of a resurgence! They are not jumping in the box but with just a little effort most everyone has been able to find plenty of nice Strawberries. I expect to have Strawberries through this coming weekend for sure.
Now picking Blackberries too! production is picking up some but it is still waaay better to come in the mornings for Blackberry picking.
Spring is moving right along .... I look for the farm to close down for the summer sometime in very early June. My o my, how time flies when you are having fun.
Friday morning 5/11 --- I do believe we are going to have a great Mothers Day weekend here on the farm picking Strawberries AND Blackberries!
Strawberries: while the berry supply is not abundant, those folks willing to part the leaves and do a little hunting are finding plenty. I have seen some very nice berries come out of the field today - maybe as nice as any I have seen this year. Gone are the days when harvesters can casually walk down the row and pluck the berries that are easily seen. The plants have now put on enough leaf growth that a little diligence is required to find them. I would expect berry supply to continue to diminish with each passing week and be completely finished by the end of May or first few days of June.
Blackberries! Yea, we have started picking Blackberries! The Blackberry harvest has started just in time for Mothers Day pickers. Remember, these canes are very thorny so be careful when harvesting Blackberries. It is only the big giant berry down in the center of the plant that causes me problems - the canes don't seem to mind when I reach in but somehow they attack my arms on the way out. Look low and look high, most folks pick only at eye level. The ripest berries are solid Black with large plumpy druplets (the little pockets that make up the berry). Are they sweet? well......... one berry will be sweet and the next one sour - if you know the secret to finding only the sweet ones, please let me know.
The Barrel Train will continue to run, the Berry Bounce is still bouncy (it is getting hot in the afternoons though), SandArt and Paint a Pot continue to be fun. This weekend we will even have a face painter adding a little flair to the kiddos faces.
Hope to see you soon!
Saturday Afternoon 5/5 -- Looks like the ground soaked up most of the rain we got yesterday already! Tomorrows picking will be about the same as it has been the last couple of days... There are berries out there, you will just have to look for them. The Barrel Train will be back in action tomorrow with the field dried out. We will still have ice cream, popsicles, lemonade, and smoothies ready for you! The only mud you'll find at the farm will be in between the strawberry rows. We are still recommending that you wear old closed toe shoes to go picking in. See you tomorrow! We are open in the afternoon 1-5.
Friday Evening 5/4 -- We had lots of beneficial rain today! Fell at the correct speed, and the ground seems happy! The grounds look good and have soaked up the much needed water. We will be open normal hours Saturday (8:30-5:30) and Sunday (1-5). Over the weekend you should expect some mud in the strawberry field, but the regular walking grounds will be just fine. Berry picking will be good. Good berries were coming out of the field yesterday. As usual this time of year, the earlier in the day you come the better supply of berries we have. We recommend bringing old shoes, crocs, or rain boots to fend off dirt, and we also recommend bringing a big appetite for our homemade Berry-Berry Ice Cream! It is a strawberry-blackberry combo that is sure to knock your socks right off of those rain boot clad feet! The Sweet Berry Express Barrel Train will be closed Saturday due to the rain . It may re-open Sunday depending on how well the ground recovers from today's rain. No blackberries yet, but they should be ready in a week or two.
Saturday afternoon, 4/28 --- What a great day today! The strawberry picking was good this morning, but by late afternoon we are cleaned out of ripe berries for the next couple of days. We would love to have you out tomorrow (Sunday) to relax, eat ice cream, and enjoy the activities but NOT to pick ripe strawberries. Next Thursday Morning will be the next best time to come out to get ripe strawberries. Don't forget about blackberries! They are coming soon -- about mid May!
Saturday morning, 4/28 --- Whew! It is really warming up this time of year! Mornings are great but the afternoons are getting hot, hot, hot! With the warm weather comes the slow decline of strawberry production and availability. To get the best berries this time of year we recommend coming early in the day and parting the leaves to find the berries that are hidden underneath. There are still berries out there, you will just have to hunt for them! If you plan to come out this weekend and next we will still have the homemade strawberry lemonade flowing, smoothies blending, ice cream churning, and popsicles freezing! Not to mention the bounce for bouncing, pots for painting, the train for riding, sand art, and goats for loving. We had to move Willy the Billy (our newest addition to the herd) and his mom away from the goat playground because we couldn't keep Willy in the pen! They are now with the others grazing in the pasture.
Wanting to know about the blackberries? We have green berries on the vine right now so we are still on track for May 15th or so for first day of blackberry picking.
Sunday late afternoon, 4/22 --- The sun came out today and so did quite a few folks - thanks! if you were one of them. The Strawberry fields have been picked pretty hard, they need a few days to recover so I think Thursday morning will be the next good time to pick.
We didn't get hardly any rain out of yesterdays front - and collectively farmers around the region are saying "boy, it sure is dry! We need some rain!"
Friday evening 4/20 --- We have had quite a few folks confused about my last post. We are not out of berries. There are still a good amount of berries to pick. Be prepared to do a little hunting for them, just move the leaves around and you will find them. On average it was taking about 30 minutes today to pick a 5 pound box of berries. Those who were just casually walking through the fields probably found the picking to be a little more difficult. The earlier the better is the norm now, the plants ripen berries each night and the first pickers of the day have a larger supply to choose from.
We have a 60% chance of rain tomorrow. We really need the rain so I am not too disturbed it is falling on a Saturday. I have seen predicted amounts of 0 to 1/4 inch, a little more if you are in a Thunderstorm. I would think anything less than 1/2 inch will be perfect and still make the picking great for another sunny Sunday. More than a half inch - the fields might be a little muddy for Sundays picking.
Wednesday evening 4/17 --- Boom! and just like that the Strawberry production has slowed down quite a bit. There are still berries to pick but gone are the days of scooping them into the box from a few plants. At least for the next week or two it will be important to remember "the earlier you can come out, the better the picking will be". It appears that we have green berries to last until May 10th or so.
One thing for sure: the fresh Ice Cream is still in great supply, the goats are still hungry, the Horses love the attention and all the activities will be going on as planned.
Weather permitting, we will have Blackberries in mid May. The plants have set a crop - now we just need to make it to harvest without calamity.
Saturday morning 4/14 ---- I don't see much damage from last nights rain shower - yet. There was a little hail in that storm, even though we don't see any damage at the moment I would expect some bruising to pop up later. The little bit of rain was wonderful in settling the dust. The picking is great, come out and see us.
Friday evening 4/13 --- Well now, we just had quick moving line of Rain showers come through. The farm was soooo dry that I don't think the water is going to cause a issue tomorrow or Sunday. Old shoes will be a good idea just in case there are some wet spots. Even now, just after the rain, I don't see any puddling. We definitely needed the rain and it is going to be great to 'freshen' up the place.
About 3 minutes worth of hail came down with the rain. It was pea size, not enough to cover the ground but I am sure there will be some berries damaged by a direct hit. I believe there will still be plenty of non damaged berries for everyone to pick but folks might want to be a little more selective when collecting berries. Some varieties have a more dense canopy than others, that is probably where we will direct folks first for tomorrows harvest. Come on out, we'll be wearing smiles and waiting for you!
Monday morning 4/9 --- Last Saturday was downright cold but Sunday turned out to be great! The picking will be wonderful throughout this week. The fields are nice and dry and loaded with berries. In fact, it makes me nervous that things are going so well, do you know the feeling? I expect this week and next week to be great picking. In fact, weather permitting, it looks like the harvest will remain good through the first of May.
There seems to be a crop of Blackberries coming! Barring a weather calamity, we should have them available for harvest around May 15. Wa hoo!
Saturday morning 4/7 --- Not a drop out of last nights front but there is a stiff North wind blowing and it feels pretty cold so bundle up if coming today. Tomorrow is supposed to be sunny and high of 80!
I didn't think we were done with the cold weather, and I still think we have another blast coming in the future. We will see. The predictions were mid 40s last night, I see upper 30's in our area. I don't think we are going to cover the berries tonight because I don't think it will frost with this wind. I have seen a frost occur on the ground when air temperature was 37 degrees but it has to be a still morning with very low dew points and some humidity. We are dry as a bone here so I think we are out of the woods frost wise but ..... I might have just jinxed us!
One thing for sure - the berries are nice and chilled!
Thursday morning 4/5 ---- The Strawberries are back in business! A few days of rest has allowed a whole new batch of Strawberries to ripen. Today through the weekend will be great picking.
Not a drop. We didn't have a drop of rain with the last front and the farm is getting dry again. I am not complaining though because I heard there was some of the H stuff falling just North of us - let's keep that away! We have a small chance of rain late Friday night - we will update Saturday morning to let you know how it looks. Also, Saturdays high temp is forecast in the 60's with sunshine!
The Blackberries are just past full bloom now . I think they are tad bit late so I would expect to start picking Blackberries in mid May.
Sunday evening 4/1 --- Happy Easter! I had a great day at church celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I hope you had a great day as well in whatever you might believe. We still had a few more pickers than we needed as I wasn't overly pleased with the berries folks were picking. I don't think tomorrow will be a very good picking day either. Tuesday much better and by Thursday, boom! back in the berries! I hope they are but history says the next few weekends wont be as big as Easter weekend so I would not expect to run out of berries again until mid May. At some point we want production to out pace demand so we can pick a thousand or two pounds to put in our freezers for the jam, popsicles, ice cream, lemonade, smoothies etc.
The farm grounds dried out super quick after the last rain and here we are watering again. This coming week we will focus on cleanup, watering, scooping ice cream, fixing irrigation, pulling weeds, feeding animals and boxes.
The Pecan trees are starting to put out leaves, the Mesquite trees are waaaay out and the Blackberries are blooming - so do you think we are past any Frosts? I have seen the Blackberries and Mesquites get bit many times before, Pecan trees only a time or two. We normally have a Easter cool spell but didn't this year. Tuesday evening forecast lows are upper 40s, other than that lows are predicted in 50's through the tenth. Ten or so years ago we had a 14 degree night on April 10th. I want to take the sandbags that hold down the frost covers out of the Strawberry fields BUT there is that wives tale "if it thunders in February there will be a frost in April" ---- we had three separate thunder events in February. Maybe we will leave the bags in the fields at least one more week.
Saturday evening 3/31 --- and another great day! what a great streak we are on! But ....... it has been soooo good that the picking for Easter Sunday is NOT going to be very good. It is going to take a few days for another batch of berries to ripen up. We should be back in the thick of them by Thursday April 5 and the picking will remain good for another month after that.
The Farm will be open Easter Sunday 1 to 5, the Strawberry picking will not be very good but the ice cream certainly will be.
Friday evening 3/30 ---What a great day on the farm today. Loads of folks came out and harvested tons of great Strawberries.
Tomorrows picking forecast is the "earlier the better". We will start out with ripe berries in the morning (8:30am) but the ripe berry supply will diminish with every hour into the day. I would not expect the picking to be very good tomorrow afternoon. Tips: 1. look anywhere you see a weed/clover, no one will pick by a weed. 2. Always go to the far end of the row before starting to pick. Everyone else started picking way too early. 3. The berries are hiding under the leaves. The plants are getting big enough now that folks need to rustle those leaves to find the berries underneath.
All the activities, including horse rides (a big hit today), will be going strong all day and we have loads of ice cream. There will be lots and lots of fun to be had no matter what the ripe Strawberry supply looks like.
The Farm will be open Sunday afternoon (Easter). We open at 1pm, I would expect the picking to be good at 1 but not sure how long during the day they will last.
Thursday evening 3/29 --- The set up could not be any better for Easter weekend! We have loads of berries to pick, the grounds have dried up nicely (still one or two spots for little johnny to get in the mud though - keep an eye on him) and the weather forecast looks wonderful!! We will post updates Friday evening and Saturday evening for current info regarding supply. Hope to see you soon!
Wednesday evening 3/28 --- Wonderful, we had a wonderful one inch rain last night that settled the dust and washed off the berries. We were awfully dry and that rain was exactly what we wanted, when we wanted - that does not happen often!
Thursdays picking will be great although the aisles between the Strawberry rows are sure to be a little slippery. There will be some mud stick to the bottom of your shoes so dress accordingly. The grounds are nicely grass covered and should not be a concern at all.
Friday - historically a very busy day.. We should have plenty of berries for everyone to pick and even though it will be busy - there are 6 acres of Strawberry plants to spread out on. We are very excited about the crop and the ability to say "there are loads of berries waiting for ya". The grounds should have dried even more.
Saturday - the earlier you arrive the better just in case Friday put a dent in the ripe berries. It will be important to check here Friday night to get current information. Be sure to 'refresh' every time you come to this page.
Sunday ---- after we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ we will open the Farm at 1pm . There should be berries to pick but it will be important to check here just to make sure.
Sunday evening 3/25 I am turning into a smile machine! Beautiful weather, loads of ripe Strawberries and bunches of cheerful customers makes smiling happy farmhands! With the warm night i think tomorrows picking will be pretty good. Rain is in the forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday which will be perfect to freshen up the plants and wash the dirt off of the berries just in time for Easter weekend (please keep the severe storms away). More Good News: Friday, 30th and Saturday, 31st we are going to be adding Horse rides to the menu! The Horse rides are $4.75 per ticket, ages 18 and under can ride. The Horses are hand led down a path and back, so children of all ages and experiences can ride.
The Farm grounds are plenty dry and we are looking forward to the rain that is in the forecast. Let's hope it is ONLY rain. Every Spring storm brings the threat of hail so our anxiety level goes through the roof when we see the clouds building up toward the Heavens. You never can tell how much we will get either, it is not uncommon to get several inches out of what is supposed to be a little shower. One thing for sure, we will have to live with whatever falls and will try to make the best out of it.
I believe berry supply will grow all week so come Friday we will be covered up in berries!
Saturday evening 3/24 --- Wow! what a great day! You guys are awesome! Boy did we put a dent in the berry supply today but don't worry - there will be lots to pick tomorrow! With this heat and warm nights we will ripen even more over night so by opening time tomorrow (1PM) the picking will be great again. I love being a farmer when there are lots of berries to pick and folks are having a fantastic time. Hope to see you soon. We think the picking will continue to be good all the way through Easter and beyond (weather permitting). Ye haw!
Friday evening 3/23 - Looks like it is going to be a great weekend on the Farm! The weather forecast looks fine, the grounds are in great shape, the fields look good, the ripe berry supply is fantastic, the goats are hungry, the horses love the attention, kids are bouncing themselves silly on the Berry Bounce, the barrel train keeps on chugging, lots of kids are painting pots and planting seeds, sandart is always creative, we all scream for ice cream and my personal favorite ..... we will be making Strawberry smoothies!
Weather permitting, it looks like ripe berry supply will be great all the way through Easter. Right now we have a chance of rain next Tuesday and Wednesday which will be just perfect because the berries need to be washed. This time of year we are on pins and needles with every rainstorm because of the threat of hail - lets ALL hope that only rain falls from the sky next week!
Wednesday evening, 3/21 --- wow! the picking is going to be great the rest of this week for sure. A few things you need to know when there are lots of berries to pick:
1. it is extremely hard to stop picking. Each box can hold $15 to $20+ of berries. If you give each of your three children a box .... it is ok with me but .... you need to be prepared for a lot of berries to take home. Don't worry though, if you get too many - you can get a ton of goodwill by giving someone some berries.
2. the picking is always better on the far end of the row. Don't look down or your will never get to the good spot!
The farm looks great. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a picnic if you want. We have not had any rain of late so there is no mud, the grass is freshly mowed. All we need now is YOU!
Tuesday evening 3/20 --- Well now, it certainly didn't take long for the Strawberry fields to recover from last weeks picking. Thursday morning will be great picking, Friday wow picking and Saturday - just whistle and the berries will jump in the box.
We have folks, not mentioning any names Ron and Kathy and others, that swear the Sweet Charlie variety is the sweetest of all. Those plants are loaded with berries right now - but - the berries are small. That is why I don't particularly like this variety. Small but sweet they are. Ask the guy at the welcome barn where they are and he will point you that direction.
We haven't had any rain recently and the farm is getting a bit dry, good thing we have a strong well! Other than some blowing dust the grounds are in great shape.
Speaking of shape, I think those outrageously good Smoothies are giving me a shape that is going to get off. I just can't quit drinking them. Luckily Lacy is only making them on the weekends so I am somewhat saved - now if I can just quit having a delicious Ice Cream every day I might be ok.
Overall the Strawberry crop looks great. I expect to have lots of berries all the way through mid April. Hail storms are our nemesis this time of year. I worked with an old lady once that said if you get caught in a hail storm and can hit some of the hail stones with a cast iron skillet, the hail would stop. So there you go, everyone pull their cast iron skillet out and have it sitting by the front door just in case!
Sunday evening 3/18 --- A fantastic opening! This warm weather is turning on the Strawberry plants and I can hear the berries ripening in the field now! Monday will be ok picking, Tues - good, closed Wednesday, Thursday - great, Friday Wow! and by Saturday morning - awesome! The grounds are in great shape, now is a good time to come to the farm! Hope to see you soon!
Remember: the FAR end of the rows have the best berries!
Saturday afternoon 3/17/18 ---- It is a lot of fun to be at the Farm but I must admit ...... it is a lot more fun when we have an abundance of ripe berries to pick. Tomorrow we will be open with smiles on our faces and activities for the kids but a very limited amount of ripe berries will be in the fields. Lots more berries are on their way - just need a few days to ripen them up.
Friday evening March 16, 2018 ---- another great day! I think the next best day to pick ripe Strawberries would be next Thursday and beyond. The ripe berries were harvested today by 11am. Today was pretty warm and tonight is going to be pretty warm so some berries will ripen up overnight, all of our activities will be running tomorrow,the Farm is in great shape, fresh Ice cream is plentiful and the goats are still hungry.
recap: ripe berries for Saturday and Sunday will be in short supply. Come out to enjoy this beautiful Spring, fun farm activities and fresh ice cream but NOT for ripe Strawberries. By March 22nd berry supply will increase exponentially and stay strong through the second week of April (weather permitting).
March 15, 2018 --- Hola! Wow! what a great opening day! Lots and lots of pickers came out today and worked over the fields pretty well. There will be several hundred pounds of ripe berries to pick tomorrow morning. The early bird will definitely get the best berries tomorrow though. All the activities will be going strong, the Strawberry Smoothies will continue to be out of this world (had my first one by 9am this morning), the goats will be hungry and we will be wearing smiles because of the fantastic folks that come out. If you don't get quite as many as you would like tomorrow - don't fret, lots of berries on their way! When the weather warms up a little the berries will really turn on the juice and we will be swimming in red. Weather permitting, the second half of March and the first two weeks of April will be outstanding picking.
Recap for tomorrow: the Farm/Fields are in great shape. A good supply of ripe berries early tomorrow, crowd size will determine how long they last.
March 13, 2018 --- Here we go again! The Strawberries are ready for picking! The Farm will officially open for the Spring season Thursday March 15. We are going to start out with a good supply of beautiful ripe berries but ...... if the city of Austin turns out on Thursday the rest of the week might be slim pickings as this is just the very first part of the season. We will post conditions here often to let you know how things look. Be sure to hit the refresh button every time you come here to get the 'freshest' news. Overall the crop looks good so far (keep those Hail storms away please). I expect to be swimming%2
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