Today we took a drive out to Poteet, TX. After getting past the construction and city driving, we had a relaxing drive looking at the farmland and colorful fields of wildflowers (post on that to come later). We had plans to head to K H Farm to pick strawberries during their season opener. Unfortunately, by noon they had been picked out. I’m glad I checked their Facebook page before we actually arrived. So I began the search of finding another farm to go to. I was set on picking strawberries, dang it!
I found the number for Poteet, Texas Strawberryville Farm ( https://www.facebook.com/StrawberryvilleFarmDominguez/ ). Gave them a call, but no one answered. Frustration level began to rise. So I began the search again, but within minutes I had a call from a San Antonio number that I did not recognize. Now, normally I do not answer calls from numbers I don’t recognize, but for some reason, I did. Boy am I glad I answered. Jose from Strawberryville Farm called back. I was sad to hear, though, that they were closed for the day because he was working and his wife was running errands. I mention them and their Facebook page here because Jose was extremely helpful in finding another farm to go to. He gave me the names of 3 different places we could go to that still had strawberries to pick from. He even took the time to give directions to the one we were closest to at that moment. So while we never visited Strawberryville Farm, I can imagine that they are a great place to visit due to how helpful Jose was.
The first place Jose referred us to was Anachey Strawberry Farm ( https://www.facebook.com/anacheystrawberries/). So after listening to GPS tell us where to go and NOT finding this farm, Chuck finally said to type the address in to GPS– 189 Schuettig Rd, Poteet, TX– and see if that helped and what do you know, it did (DON’T use the map link on their Facebook page, type the actual address in otherwise you will find yourself in the heart of Poteet). So we backtracked a bit to head to the farm. Glad the views were beautiful to look at, otherwise my frustration level would probably have risen more. This was supposed to be a fun, relaxing trip. Not one that was making me crazy.
We finally found the farm. You could see the bright red strawberries from the road. I could not wait to get out and start picking them.
Chuck, the kids, and I got the containers to put our strawberries in from Sheila at the checkout table, headed to the rows of strawberries, and began our picking! There were some other families there as well, but the field was plenty large enough that we were all spread out.
Of course, being me, we had to get lots of pictures 🙂 I don’t think we go anywhere without me snapping pictures.
There are three prices for these super yummy strawberries (yes, I tried one there to be sure). For one clam shell the price is $5.00. You fill them up till you can’t close the lid. They hold a little more than a pound. The price for a flat (which is what we purchased and holds 5 clam shells) is $20. The price for 2 flats is $40. Homemade strawberry jam is $10. Let me tell you, these strawberries are juicy, sweet, and perfect. Mouthwatering strawberries!! Much better tasting than the ones I have purchased in H-E-B (No disrespect to H-E-B).
We spent a little time chatting with the owners, Michael and Sheila Vela. They were so friendly and provided some great information to us. This is their first year in operation. They plan on opening up the farm for strawberry picking every year. They have 10,000 plants on the farm. They do not use pesticides and they use seaweed fertilizer. So they are as close to organic as you can get without having the label. Anachey Farm is open every day, but when the strawberries are all picked out, they will close up. So be sure to get there early! They will be closed the week of March 30-April 10 in preparation for the Poteet Strawberry Festival and to give the crop time to replenish.
Sheila was wonderful in answering all our questions. We even learned a little about strawberry growing. Strawberries need a lot of sun and the humidity can kill them. When you see the green strawberries, they will be ready to pick in about 10 days.
Mike even gave Chuck information on some of their family that own restaurants that he might be able to play at (don’t forget to visit his page at http://www.chuckwimermusic.com). Sheila and Mike were super friendly and very welcoming. When I run out of strawberries, I plan on making the trip out to Anachey’s Strawberry Farm again to purchase more. Worth the drive!