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Harvest of Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm

Old trucks stuffed with pumpkins and corn stalks means it’s Harvest of Fall Fun time at Sweet Berry Farm. The festival runs Saturday, September 21, through November 10. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

While autumn isn’t officially here until September 23, in the Highland Lakes, it begins a couple of days earlier when the Copeland family throws open the gates at Sweet Berry Farm for the annual Harvest of Fall Fun.

The festival runs Saturday, September 21, through November 10.

“Yeah, it’s exciting,” Lacy Copeland Garcia said.

Her parents, Gretchen and Dan Copeland, opened Sweet Berry Farm in the spring of 2000 as a pick-your-own strawberry patch. Within a year, they added the fall festival.

“We’ve changed things up a bit, moved things around to give people different picture-taking opportunities,” Garcia said. “We’re always thinking of new things to do and add.”

Billy Ozuna piles up the pumpkins in preparation for the opening of the Harvest of Fall Fun at Sweet Berry Farm, which is Saturday, September 21. It runs through November 10. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton


The farm has about 300 scarecrows populating Scarecrow Island, which is featured in the hayride. You can also jump around on the Berry Bounce, wander about in the Texas Maze (made out of corn stalks), and climb aboard the Sweet Berry Express barrel train. Plus, pick a pumpkin from the ever-growing piles or some flowers from the 20,000 zinnias growing on the farm.

The best thing about the Harvest of Fall Fun, according to Garcia, are the generations of families that make annual trips to the farm.

That means a lot to the Copelands. When Gretchen and Dan Copeland moved back to Marble Falls to start Sweet Berry Farm, Lacy was in the first grade and her older sister, Raelynn, was in the third grade. Both, you could say, grew up on the farm.

And both are back working on the farm. Even Lacy’s daughter, 3-year-old Leila, loves being there. Leila’s “Granny” Glenna Copeland makes four generations of the family at Sweet Berry Farm.

Admission and parking at Sweet Berry Farm are free. You just pay for the activities, pumpkins, and concessions. But you can also bring a lunch and sit under the old pecan trees with family and friends — no charge.

On weekends, the Pumpkin Grill offers a limited menu. The farm also serves pumpkin ice cream, as well as vanilla and strawberry.

The Copelands and the Sweet Berry Farm farmhands have been working all summer getting ready for the first day of the Harvest of Fall Fun. The pumpkins are stacked, the goats are gathering under the live oaks, and the scarecrows are waiting on Scarecrow Island. The only thing missing is you.

Sweet Berry Farm is located at 1801 FM 1980, just north of RR 1431 between Marble Falls and Granite Shoals. The farm is open 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Wednesdays.

Follow Sweet Berry Farm on Facebook or check the website for a price list, specials, and updates.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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