We started our weekend at the strawberry patch! Strawberries are one of my favorite things about Spring. Marburger Orchard in Fredericksburg, Texas has an abundance of fresh ripe strawberries starting in mid to late March every year. They allow you to go out in the field and pick away. Sampling two or three is okay, but try telling that to a two year old. My berry eatin' girl couldn't get enough and there was no hiding it. Her fingers, face, and shirt were stained so badly she might as well have had an "Over the Limit" sign stamped across her forehead. I think they may do better by weighing kids in and out and charging by the pounds gained!
I plan to make preserves and possibly a strawberry pie with our berries this year. I didn't get around to making my strawberry preserves last year and we sure missed them. Marburger Orchard is a wonderful place for a family outing. Just know that for a two year old and five year old the attention span only allowed for about 30 minutes of picking. For more serious picking for your canning needs, go it alone. I will be going back by myself one early morning during the week. They are a cash or check operation and they're only open when there are berries to pick, so make sure you call ahead or check their website before making the drive.
They also grow blackberries, peaches, and vegetables throughout the Spring and Summer months, so get on their email list to get notifications as things ripen throughout the season!
By the way, I have no affiliation to Marburger Orchard. I just really like them and want to spread the word about a local farm and encourage you to buy local, eat local, and support your local farms.
Happy strawberry picking,