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Sweet Berry Farm opens early for spring season

Sweet Berry Farm opened early for the 2020 spring season. The strawberry patches, pictured here during a previous season, are ready to be picked. File photo

Sweet Berry Farm opened February 8 for strawberry picking and other activities. It's an early start thanks to a mild winter with no hard freezes.

Strawberries are ripe for picking. Visitors can also feed goats and participate in other family-friendly activities on the Marble Falls agritainment attraction run by Dan Copeland and daughters Lacy Garcia and Raelynn Copeland.

“The weather dictates when we open,” Dan Copeland said. “And the mild winter we’ve had so far has the strawberries saying, ‘Hey, it’s time to open.’ We have tons in the field that are just about to turn, which is why we’re opening up.”

Strawberries thrive in 70-degree days and 50-degree nights, and the coming Valentine’s Day weekend weather should help the berries turn the corner, Copeland said.

“I expect a decent crowd out this weekend,” he said. “It might be a little wet and muddy, but I think we’ll be picking some berries this weekend, and, after that, they should really start turning on the juice. It looks like the ten-day forecast is a little more mild.”

Picking fruit is not all you can do at Sweet Berry Farm. Children's activities include the Berry Bounce, a barrel train pulled by a tractor, and paint-a-pot, during which visitors can decorate a pot, fill it with dirt, and plant a seed.

“The main thing we encourage folks to do, you don’t have to spend a lot of money, just come out and have a good time,” Copeland said. “It’s very hard to stop picking strawberries when you get started.”

Admission and parking are free. You pay for what you pick at $2.99 per pound. Picking boxes are 75 cents each. Sharing boxes is encouraged. Other actives are paid for on an activity-by-activity basis.

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.

Sweet Berry Farm is located at 1801 FM 1980 in Marble Falls. Go to sweetberryfarm.com or call 830-798-1462 for more information.

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