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Peaches, Blackberries Ready at Marburger’s Orchard

Peaches, Blackberries Ready at Marburger’s Orchard

It’s time for peaches and blackberries in the Hill Country.  At Gary Marburger’s pick-your-own orchard, all of the varieties have a crop, as the weather has been cooperating so far, he says.

“It looks like this could be the best Hill Country peach year out of the last 10 years.” Marburger says.  “Since we had a 99.9 percent loss to freeze in 2009, it has essentially been 2 years since our last peach crop.”

The Regal and Goldprince varieties (classified as semi-freestone and semi-cling) are at their prime for picking right now, says Marburger. He will be estimating the ripening times of the other varieties later this week.

Blackberries are also now in heavy production, and will continue to have lots of berries for the next two or three weeks. Strawberries are still producing some ripe berries each day, and will for a few more weeks. A few vegetables are also ready now, he says, with more to come.

Check out  Marburger’s website, or call 830-997-9433 for more information and updates.

To get to Marburger’s Orchard:  Take U.S. 87  until you’re about five and a quarter miles south of Fredericksburg or 16 miles north of  I-10.  Watch for the sign. Turn onto Meusebach Road. Follow signs to 559 Kuhlmann Road.

Photo by Nicholas Mistry


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Ask a Foodie: Good Burgers on Far North Side?

Ask a Foodie: Good Burgers on Far North Side?

Q. I am wondering if you could lead me and my friends in the direction of some good burgers on the northwest side of San Antonio? That is, in the general area north and west of Highway 281 and Loop 1604.

Bigz Burger Joint offers plenty of different cheeses and toppings for their burgers.

A. That we can. Readers, feel free to add some suggestions to ours, and tell us why you love ’em.

In the general area you are talking about, we like Gourmet Burger Grill, 18414 U.S. 281 N., and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, 17403 W. I-10 and 1750 N. Loop 1604 E (which may be east of U.S. 281, but just barely). Gourmet Burger Grill is locally owned and also has a location on Huebner Road near Interstate 10.  Red Robin is a chain, but both will satisfy that need for a juicy burger quite well.

On Loop 1604 also check out Big’z Burger Joint, at 2303 N. Loop 1604 W. Look for Big’z on the north side of the road, as you head west from U.S. 281. It’s housed in a big red barn-like place. All three of these restaurants are kid-friendly, too.

We’ve found things to like and dislike at one of San Antonio’s homegrown burger joints, Longhorn Cafe. But, we acknowledge that plenty of other burger connoisseurs like the burgers here. Especially popular at the 17625 Blanco Road location, a half mile south of the loop.

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