Picking your own strawberries at Sweet Berry Farm is a classic Austin springtime tradition. Now is the time to plan your trip because the farm opens for business on Saturday, March 22, 2014. It’s quite a trek out there (past Marble Falls), so it’s nice to think out the details as much as you can. Here are 10 tips our family has found helpful for making the most of our berry-picking.
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3. Strollers are tricky in the strawberry patch. Wagons work well though. If you have a baby, I have found that a back carrier seems to work best (a front carrier left me with a juicy baby!).
4. It’s easy to overspend on strawberries. The first time I went, I made the mistake of assuming that it would be cheaper to pick them myself than to buy strawberries at the grocery store. In reality, it costs a little more to pick your own, but you will probably end up with fresher, juicier berries. Be aware though that the cost adds up quickly when you fill your basket.
8. Bring cash or checks. The farm does not accept credit cards. I forgot cash one year and had to use the ATM at the farm, which of course, cost me extra in fees.
Sweet Berry Farm is open March through mid-May for strawberry picking.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday; 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Sunday; Closed all Wednesdays.
Admission and parking are free. Strawberries are $2.75 per pound. The picking container is 50 cents.
See here for more information (and directions, as GPS sometimes has trouble navigating here). For information on berry supply, click on the “Fresh News” Marble Falls link or visit Sweet Berry Farm’s Facebook page.
Sweet Berry Farm
1801 FM 1980
Marble Falls, Texas 78654
Katey writes about activities for families and children at Having Fun at Home. You may also enjoy posts Katey has written about exploring the Bee Cave Sculpture Park, Barton Creek Greenbelt, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Longview Park, Austin’s Superlative Landmarks, the Elisabet Ney Museum, and Oakwood Cemetery. She has also written about taking kids to explore fun Austin stores like Callahan’s, The Natural Gardener, Nature’s Treasures, Zookeeper, and the Asian Supermarket.