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!

Beautiful flowers found at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, TX

Last weekend we visited Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg http://www.wildseedfarms.com and while it was not exactly what I had pictured in my mind when it came to fields of wildflowers, it was still worth the visit.

Fields of Red Corn Poppies can be seen from the road.

Wildseed Farms grows fields of wildflowers for the production of seed. They have over 200 acres in Fredericksburg. There is no charge for admission and they are open year round, 7 days a week, 9:30-6:00pm. The walking trails are open from 9:30-5:30

Walking trails at Wildseed Farms
Walking trails at Wildseed Farms

Getting up close to the flowers for pictures can only be done in limited areas. The fenced areas keep guests from walking through the flowers, but can still get great pictures with the fields in the background. We did find a couple of open fields that we could actually be in the flowers and get some great shots.

Wildseed Farms is a perfect place for photo shoots for all sorts of events. Depending on the time of year you visit the farm you could see poppies, sunflowers, bluebonnets, Rocket Larkspur, cosmos, and more. I am looking forward to going back at different seasons, especially when the sunflowers bloom!

Of course the name does indicate the sale of seeds. There is a section in the large gift shop that is full of packets of seeds to purchase. You will find everything from bluebonnets to sunflowers to Indian Paintbrush, poppies, daisies, primrose, and more. Packets of seeds start at $2.89. If I had a green thumb, I would have loved to plant these seeds so that I had lots of color in my yard. Unfortunately, I can’t even keep a bamboo plant alive.

Besides seeds, you can also purchase various types of plants that you can plant at home. There is an awesome selection of yard decorations as well. Prices were pretty reasonable.

What’s cool about this place is that you can make the trip to the farm an all day event. There are plenty of shaded areas to rest and enjoy the views and are also photo opportunities. They have a seasonal butterfly garden as well.

The Brewbonnet Biergarten offers a place to sit and relax in the cool a/c. They have cold beer, snacks, and ice cream. There are also samples of jams, jellies, and salsas. Plus lots of jams and such to purchase.

The outside patio of the Biergarten offers shaded seating and live music. Since there is a vineyard and tasting room on the grounds, you can relax with a glass of wine and listen to the band.

Wildseed Farms was an enjoyable place to visit and gave me the opportunity to find additional flowers to take pictures of. If you get the chance, take the drive out to Fredericksburg and visit the farm. You will enjoy this day trip.

Fredericksburg, TX: an old German town in the Hill Country

About an hour outside of San Antonio is the old German town of Fredericksburg, a pet-friendly town with shopping, wineries, wildflowers, and much more. Fredericksburg is well known for the peaches grown there. This weekend we took a drive out there, something we should have done before now. First, the drive is another relaxing, scenic drive. Wildflowers bloom along the roadside and the median of I10. If we could have stopped in the middle of the highway to take pictures, we definitely would have. But alas, that is not safe to do.

Once we arrived in Fredericksburg we headed straight to Wildseed Farms. I was looking forward to seeing more flowers. For some reason I have been all about taking pictures of flowers lately. Wildseed Farms is much more than just a farm full of wildflowers, but to find out more about this place, you will have to read the future blog post about Wildseed Farms. For now, enjoy the teasers below.

In front of a field of poppies, Indian Paintbrushes, and more.
Poppies are in full bloom at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, TX.

After spending some time enjoying the flowers, we headed to eat. Chuck wanted to try out West End Pizza Co. A brick oven pizza place that we found to be super delicious (very much reminds me of our favorite brick oven pizza restaurant in Crested Butte, CO.). Even Grace, who is not a pizza fan, loved their pizza. This place makes their own pizza dough and bread dough. As we pulled apart the garlic knots, you could easily see that the dough was not from something frozen. Chuck decided to try their meatball parmesan sandwich. The bread was flaky and soft. Chuck loved his meal! Besides pizza, they offer calzones, Stromboli, baked ziti, lasagna, ravioli, salads, soups, and more. The prices are very reasonable and portion sizes are great.

Patio outside West End Pizza Co.

Since the weather was perfect, we decided to eat on the patio. Here in South Texas, we have learned to take advantage of any day that we can eat outside without being eaten up by mosquitos or getting drenched due to the humidity. The patio has a relaxing atmosphere and the service was great. There is live music in the evenings on the weekends, so we didn’t get to enjoy that. Hopefully Chuck will get the chance to play there soon. The menu advertises a game room for kids. However, when Chuck an Matthew investigated, they found that the room does not quite live up to what was advertised. Despite that one let down, the overall experience was great. Definitely a place we will eat at again. Check out their website for hours and the menu http://www.westendpizzacompany.com/

After getting some food, we spent the next couple of hours wandering the streets of Fredericksburg. Something we have found that we enjoy doing is the window shopping that takes places on our travels. We don’t often find something that we really want to buy, so that helps us keep to our budget. On this trip we found some magnets that say “I love my border collie” and “I love my pitt mix” that the kids wanted from Dogologie, a large pet store. They do have website if you wanted to check out some of their merchandise. We really like that they have lots of breed specific items. https://dogologie.com/

Streets of Fredericksburg
Streets of Fredericksburg

Other than the magnets and some chocolate bars from a local chocolate shop, we just wandered. It was quite busy in Fredericksburg. I’m not sure if it is always like this, or if it was because of the holiday weekend. Regardless, we did enjoy the visit.

One of the things I didn’t expect was the LARGE number of wineries/wine bars. I knew that Fredericksburg was a producer of wine, but I didn’t expect that just about every other shop would be full of wine/wine tasting. I was also surprised to see the number of people walking around the streets with their glasses of wine. I would like to stay at one of the local bed and breakfasts and experience some of the wine bars.

We stumbled across part of the National Museum of the Pacific War. The part we visited was the outdoor memorial courtyard and the Japanese Garden of Peace. It was a quiet area that didn’t have many visitors. The wall plaques in the memorial have the names of individuals, ships, and units that fought in the Pacific Theater during WWII. The Japanese Garden of Peace was a gift from the people of Japan to symbolize peace and friendship.

On the way home we stopped at Das Peach Haus. I had no clue what to expect from this place, but we thought it was worth the stop. They are a big jam and jelly store. But they also have a small culinary school, a wine tasting room, and a wedding venue. The lake outside is a peaceful area to just sit and relax. It would be neat to take a picnic lunch out there and enjoy the view.

Fredericksburg is definitely a place we will visit again. There are multiple restaurants that looked appealing to us. My hope is that next time we can stay at a bed and breakfast. There is a lot of Fredericksburg we did not get to see (Enchanted Rock, Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park, Fort Martin Scott Historic Site, and more). You would definitely need more than one day to explore Fredericksburg fully.

Colors of Texas

This past weekend we took a drive out to Poteet, TX. Our plan was to pick strawberries at a local farm. I had no idea that we would find fields and fields of wildflowers along HWY 16! I am so glad Chuck was doing the driving, or we might have crashed, LOL. I was enthralled with all the colors. I am sure I drove Chuck nuts with all my “Look at that!” “Ohhhh, look at that field!” “Look at all the colors”. As someone who loves to take pictures, this was a dream come true. Why we never took a drive along HWY 16 before, is beyond me. We have lived in San Antonio for almost 12 years! So of course after we finished picking strawberries (be sure to read that post) we had to find a safe place to pull off and take pictures (btw, no filter was used on these pictures). Unfortunately, I am not a gardener by any stretch of the imagination, nor do I have a green thumb to even attempt to keep a garden. So I can only identify the bluebonnets. If you know the other flowers, please let me know in the comments. I definitely need some education when it comes to flowers.

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” Matthew 6:28 NIV
Fields of these flowers are all along HWY 16 heading to Poteet, TX
Wildflowers in bloom in Texas
Love the beauty of Texas
God’s creation is displayed in the beauty of flowers.

I highly recommend you head on out along HWY 16 towards Poteet sometime in the next couple of weeks to see the amazing spring colors of Texas.