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!

Strawberry Picking: a new family adventure

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!

Wildflowers blooming all along HWY 16 on the way to Poteet, TX

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.

Strawberry plant with several ready to pick strawberries.

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!