It’s a beautiful day in Texas, 75 degrees with a light breeze and no clouds in sight. I’m working from my parents’ lake house in east Texas this week and we decided to take a break this afternoon to pick up goodies and enjoy homemade ice cream at Efurd Orchards, a place with old Timey charm around every corner.
Efurd Orchards is located in Pittsburg in east Texas and is famous for their peaches. They grow their own peaches and strawberries (you can pick your own if the timing is right) and have a darling open-air store filled with all sorts of homemade syrups, jams, preserves, and more. The vibe at Efurds is very Texas cool. This place is unbelievably charming. It almost looks like a movie set to me! Just look at how cute it is!
On this particular trip, I picked up Traffic Jam (a triple-berry jam that I’ve had before and LOVED), a tomato dressing (yum!), queso blanco (if you aren’t Texan, let me tell you: queso is life here), tomatillo salsa, blueberry syrup, and the holy grail: vanilla from Mexico. I bought this at Efurds several years ago and was distraught to use the last drop this last year.
If you’ve never had true Mexican vanilla, you are in for a treat. A friend’s mom brought some back for me from Mexico when I was in college and I was teary eyed when I used it all up so you can imagine how loud I squealed when I first spotted vanilla from Mexico at this farmers market in east Texas. This is not just the most incredible vanilla ever, it’s also incredibly thrifty. Efurds offers it for only $15! I know, right?! A tiny bottle of premium vanilla at a store can easily run $20-30 and this stuff is way better.
It’s hard not to get overwhelmed by all of the fun options. I bounced around the rest of the market with my giant bottle of vanilla in tow. My parents also selected some jams and syrups, plus some lovely plants (Efurds has a fun plant selection!) and several varieties of pickles. My mom is a huge pickle person and she loves their pickles.
Efurd Orchards also makes their own soft serve ice cream. They’re famous for their peach ice cream but I have to say, their strawberry ice cream is by far my favorite. It’s made with real strawberries and it’s just the right amount of sweet. We ordered smalls (which is plenty – they pile it high!) and strolled out to the side of the building where they have some tables under large, shady trees, a beautiful pond with a fountain, and some fun Texas decor.
Shopping at Efurd Orchards is really such a charming experience. What could be better than grabbing some homemade soft serve to fuel up before making your selections? Not to mention the darling little shopping baskets. Just look at how cute this is! In my swingy blue dress, I felt like Dorothy skipping around the market.
Since this is a seasonal market, I recommend checking the website or Facebook page before you go for hours. It recently came to my attention that Efurd Orchards turns into a pumpkin paradise in the fall so I will definitely be back in October.
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