A reason to visit Boerne: The Farmers Market at the Cibolo

Sometime back we visited Boerne, TX and found that it did not live up to it’s hype. This weekend we found a reason to visit Boerne, and will actually go back more often. We ventured to The Farmers Market at the Cibolo https://www.cibolo.org/herfffarm/farmersmarket.html. It is located at the Cibolo Nature Center and Farm (Herff Farm). The farmers market is less than a mile off the main road in Boerne outside the Historic District. Be sure to visit the website to learn more about the Cibolo Nature Center and Herff Farm. You will find out about the history and and plans for the farm and nature center.

The farm is located at 33 Herff Road, Boerne. It is open every Saturday from March to December from 9-1. Admission is free (love when I find a free place 😀❤️). While it is not a large market, it does have some great products to choose from at reasonable prices and live music.

We ended up walking out with a couple jars of homemade pickles, a couple jars of homemade strawberry-rhubarb jam, cake pops for the kids, coffee, homemade granola, and some delicious Mediterranean-style desserts.

Zoozoo’s Sweet Treats (and more) had some delicious homemade baklava and lemon tarts. I would definitely recommend that you visit their tent when you go to the farmers market. They are there every Saturday. But if you get a hankering to try some of their goodies before a Saturday, you can contact the owner, Azza Mohamed at zoozoos.sweet.treats@gmail.com. She does live in San Antonio so you would not have to worry about the Boerne traffic to get some homemade Mediterranean desserts.

Other vendors included fresh eggs, produce, meats, homemade salsas, plants, and baked goods.

The historic home on the farm has been restored and information about the well and rain harvesting system can be found near the watershed and rainwater tank.

We also found some trails to walk through. To my delight the trails had wildflowers to enjoy and photograph. We were not able to spend too much time walking through the trails, so we will definitely be making another trip out there.

I would love to see how this place looks in the spring with all the amazing colors that Texas wildflowers provide. While the actual historic district of Boerne is not my cup of tea, there are definitely some hidden places in Boerne to check out, the farmers market is one of those places!

Boerne, TX: less than we expected

This past weekend, Chuck and I visited Boerne, TX. We had heard about what a great, small town Boerne is and how we would find some cool shops and such. We thought we could kill two birds with one stone: spend time together moseying through the town and get some pictures of Chuck for his music page (www.chuckwimermusic.com). So we ventured out. Of course the trip out we had traffic, lots of traffic, due to the never-ending construction on I-10. However, we were not in any hurry so we just jumped on the frontage road and enjoyed the ride (btw: MUCH faster than actually staying on the interstate).

Anyways, back to Boerne. We arrive in Boerne and find this cute Episcopalian church, St. Helena’s Episcopal Church. Chuck’s attention was caught by the part that looked like a tower of a castle. It was a cool little area to take some pictures. Definitely recommend the little courtyard across the street from the church office to take pictures. Great setting and neat little fountain.

From there we parked on Main Street and began our walk. One thing we noticed right away was that there are LOTS (and I mean LOTS) of antique stores. If you love to hunt down antiques then this is the place for you. Us, not so much. We enjoyed the shops that were not quite to so cluttered or had a more specific motif. The Christmas Shoppe ( https://thechristmasshoppetx.com) was one of my favorites. No matter what time of year it is, Christmas stores are always fun to look through. Flashback Funtiques (https://www.facebook.com/flashbackfuntiquesboerne/) is a cool antique shop with jukeboxes, gas pumps, pinball machines, and more. Definitely out of our price range, but there were some neat old time things in that store. For the music lovers (which of course Chuck is) we found the Hillje Music Center (https://hilljemusic.com/). A small selection of acoustic guitars, stringed instruments, and amplifiers can be found at a reasonable price. My favorite store that we found (and actually spent money at) was Casa Décor (https://www.facebook.com/casadecortx). This was a huge store of handmade furniture that comes from Mexico. Great selections and awesome quality. We purchased a new wooden entertainment cabinet. They had a sale of 50% off furniture (hence the purchase). The customer service was amazing. We had to drive home to get the van since the piece didn’t fit in the car. When we got back to the store, they had the piece shrink wrapped and loaded it into the van. I will definitely go back to purchase additional items later.

We found what we thought was a park, but was actually this cool little “Veterans Plaza”. We spent some time reading the names on the bricks and reading the pillars.

Now the not so good. Like I said earlier, there were LOTS of antique stores. Too much in one shop at most of the stores. I wasn’t even sure where to look. I was expecting the same small town feel we had when we went to Bandera the week before (that entry will come later, when we revisit the town). That was not the case with Boerne. Don’t get me wrong, the Main St. shopping is definitely small town, just not the same.

We stopped at Bear Moon Bakery and Café for lunch and coffee. This was at the suggestion of some random guy on the street. We were disappointed with the bakery selection. The word “bakery” was misleading. There were some cookies, croissants, and donuts. A few cakes to choose from. But overall, not the selection of bakery items one would expect from a place that has the word “bakery” in it. So we decided to order lunch instead. Ummmm, their menu selection was about as limited as their bakery selection. Prices were decent, and portion sizes were pretty good based on what we saw going out to other customers. But the lunch choices were not our cup of tea. I enjoyed a cup of coffee while Chuck had a coke and then we went on our way.

I am glad we ventured to Boerne because I got my new furniture piece, but it is definitely not a place we would visit again, unless Chuck has a show at one of the places. Again, I am not saying it’s not a place to check out. You will probably find something you enjoy. You will check out something new. Take the adventure and enjoy the ride!