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Sweet Berry Farm remains open for picking

Leah Greenwell of Marble Falls picks tulips at Sweet Berry Farm. The tulips are a new addition to the farm, which is open for picking strawberries and flowers this season. You can also pet the goats. Other activities are not open as the farm is asking people to follow COVID-19 recommendations of social distancing. Staff photo by Jennifer Greenwell

The strawberries and tulips are ready to pick at Sweet Berry Farm, which is open for the season. On the 50-acre farm, 8 acres are strawberry fields and 2 acres are planted in tulips.

“While we recognize the seriousness of this situation, the farm will remain open,” reads a notice on Sweet Berry Farm’s website referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. “There is plenty of room to distance yourself from others.”

Additional activities for children have been canceled, but strawberry and tulip picking are available as a great way to safely get outdoors.

Check the “Fresh News” page on the website for updates and weather conditions.

Strawberry season should last until the middle of May. Tulips will play out a little earlier, probably by the end of April.

“We are not encouraging anyone to get out of the house, but if you do and you wish to pick strawberries, we will be here,” reads the March 21 entry on “Fresh News.” “No closed spaces here and lots of room to get off by yourself. If you catch yourself slipping into the doldrums, look a goat in the face and the positive endorphins will start flowing through your body.”

Admission and parking are free at Sweet Berry Farm. Picking boxes, which hold up to 8 pounds of berries, are 75 cents each for your first visit. Bring your boxes back for the subsequent visits at no charge. Berries are $2.99 a pound.

Owners Dan Copeland and daughters Lacy Garcia and Raelynn Copeland added some new strawberry varieties this year, including the Florida Sensation. The plant produces runners that keep the fields full and extend the season into May.

Tulips are a new addition to the farm this spring. The 140,000 bulbs planted January 7 have come up in bursts of colors. The pick-yourself tulips come in four varieties and are $2 per flower along with a $5 entry fee to the field. Harvest baskets and a wrapping station with tissue paper and other materials are free.

Animals at the petting zoo are free to pet. Goat food is 25 cents per cup.

Sweet Berry Farm is located at 1801 FM 1980 in Marble Falls. Hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The farm is closed on Wednesdays.

suzanne@thepicayune.com

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