ZORN — The sounds of laughter and screams echoed throughout the rows of peach trees as a number of children picked the fresh fruits with their families — some even sneaked a quick bite when they could.
It’s moments like that, Born in Zorn Farm owners Jack and Elaine Rosenberg cherish the most since starting their peach and blackberry farm about eight years ago.
Originally from the New England area, the Rosenbergs stumbled on the Zorn community after traveling the country in their motorhome, Jack said.
“We were in Seguin at the Sebastopol house. Back before when the state owned it they had a camper stay there for a couple of months at a time and be like the security for the place,” he said. “While we were there we explored and we found this area and just thought it was beautiful.
“We bought this piece of property in 2011 and it didn’t have a ‘for sale’ sign so a lot of people didn’t even know it was for sale.”
The open property between Seguin and San Marcos at 395 Old Seguin Rd., only had a barn, which the Rosenbergs lived in for two years after fixing it up.
With some farming knowledge — Jack’s family had a chicken farm in the 1970s — the Rosenbergs then planted their first row of peach trees a year later and more followed the year after.
“We have two varieties of peaches one of is called June Gold and they will come in early so they’re picked out right now, but we’ve got the TexRoyal,” Jack said. “They’re a freestone, juicy peach. Those are the varieties that are recommended for this area.”
Between May and July of last year, the Born in Zorn Farm produced about 6,000 pounds of peaches, Jack said.
In previous years, the Rosenbergs have tried harvesting other fruits such as strawberries and blueberries but saw no luck.
Blackberries, however, did work. The farm now grows Kiowa blackberries, which produce some of the biggest’s berries.
All the crop that the farm produces is also considered all organic. To prevent from having to spray pesticides, the Rosenbergs keep Purple Martins on the farm to eat insects.
In the beginning, Jack sold the produce on the side of the road. Nowadays, Born in Zorn is open to the public to come pick their own fruit.
“We started making it a family destination and it’s been working very, very well,” he said. “A lot of people I meet come from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi and I’m just amazed to meet them all. A lot of people call me and say it’s the first time they’ve been here.”
A lot of visitors are new customers and there are some repeat customers, Jack said.
“Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes you can’t even get a car in here,” he said.
Some of the more surprising customers are college students.
“We get a lot of Texas State students. You see them taking photos of their desserts and everything on social media so they’ll come out here and take photos of themselves out in the farm,” he said.
The Rosenbergs encourage their customers to post their photos to the Born in Zorn Facebook page.
“You see hundreds of pictures of people, families, with the kids posing with peaches and it’s beautiful. I love it,” Jack said. “You get to meet so many little kids. It’s just the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s just a great thing.”
Elaine added that meeting the families is her favorite part.
“There’s no question about it. I mean, the kids just love picking and they’re so excited to come back to the barn and weigh their peaches or the blackberries,” she said. “And then you see the kids come in with blackberry juice all over their face. It’s just wonderful. Because you know, it’s a perfect place to bring kids. It exposes them to where your fruit comes from.”
Showing children where their food comes from is why Donise Story brought her grandkids out to the Born in Zorn Farm in the first place.
“I think it’s great for the kids to know that your food doesn’t come from the grocery store it comes from somewhere else,” she said. “And nothing against H-E-B, I love H-E-B, but their peaches aren’t this good. I think it’s a great thing for kids to come out here and figure out that it doesn’t just show up in the grocery store.”
Born in Zorn is expected to remain open until the beginning of July.