It's berry-picking season, y'all. Strawberry season is at its tail end, with blackberries and blueberries due to take over from late May through July. Peaches will also make their debut in June.
Many local family farms offer pick-your-own visits, which naturally allow for social distancing (and are highly Instagrammable). Some also have family-friendly attractions, such as petting zoos. Below are five spots within a 90-minute drive from central Austin.
1. Chickamaw Organic Farm & Ranch, Bastrop
This Bastrop family farm is the only certified biodynamic operation in Texas and offers a free pint to whoever finds the biggest blueberry of the season. In addition to berries, visitors can also purchase beef from the farm's grass-fed cows. Call ahead at 512-567-3456 or email email@example.com to make an appointment and get directions.
2. Jenschke Orchards, Fredericksburg
This Fredericksburg farm has been family-owned and operated since 1961 and offers pick-your-own harvests of strawberries through May, blackberries through June and more than 30 varieties of peaches through September. Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Address: 8301 E. Hwy. 290, Fredericksburg. More information can be found here.
3. Omi's Blackberry Farm, Paige
This family-run farm in Paige grows pesticide-, herbicide- and insecticide-free blackberries. Although the winter storm damaged some of its earliest producing varieties, Omi's expects to open for picking around mid-May. Blackberries cost $3.50 per pound if paying by cash and $3.60 if credit. Address: 2548 E. Hwy. 21, Paige. More information can be found here.
4. Sweet Berry Farm, Marble Falls
This Marble Falls farm offers strawberry picking through mid-May, as well as other family-friendly activities include pony rides, sand art, goat feeding and a barrel train. There are also picnic tables on site, where visitors can enjoy a picnic lunch. No pets allowed. Strawberries are $2.99 per pound, plus $0.75 for the picking box, which holds up to eight pounds. Hours: Mon.-Tues. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thurs.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. Address: 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls. More information can be found here.
5. Sweet Eats Fruit Farm, Georgetown
This Georgetown adventure farm has a limited amount of strawberries still available to pick, plus a full schedule of pony rides, pig races, a petting zoo and apple slingshots. No pets allowed. Strawberries are $3.50 a pound. If visitors wish to do other activities besides pick fruit, a general admission ticket costs $13.99. (Children under 2 get in free.) Hours: Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Address: 14440 E. Hwy. 290, Georgetown. More information can be found here.
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Eat some chili
When: 12 p.m. Saturday
Where: Sagebrush, 5500 S. Congress Ave.
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Enjoy some local art
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Neill-Cochran House Museum, 2310 San Gabriel St.
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Catch some improv comedy
When: 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: GameOn! ATX, 1515 Dungan Ln.
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Catch a Johnny Cash-style show
When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave.
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