Froberg's Farm, "Anything fresher is still growing”
Some visitors come to Froberg’s Farm to pick fresh strawberries, while others make the drive for the best homemade fried pies in Texas and yummy smoked sausage. Whatever the reason, Froberg’s Farm brings visitors back year after year to Alvin, Texas.
In 1936, Fred and Katie Froberg bought 21 acres in the country outside Alvin; the primary crop for many years was strawberries. In the mid-1950s, Fred and his youngest son, Alfred, enlarged the strawberry patch and raised vegetables to sell to neighbors and passers-by from a few tables under giant oak trees. Today, tables under the same trees are used for picnics and Froberg’s Farm is about 100 acres.
Froberg’s Farm has survived hurricanes, droughts, floods and tropical storms to be rebuilt, worked and loved for four generations. Alfred Jr., who manages the farm today, married Nina in 1988. Nina introduced her famous fruit pies and mouth-watering fried pies soon after. Pies can be ordered online for pick up the next day, but a good selection is always available at the store. About 20 kinds of pies are made at the farm, including standards such as apple, peach, strawberry, pumpkin, pecan, plus various refrigerated cream and meringue pies.
The Froberg’s PYO (pick your own) strawberry season starts in March and ends in late May. “We get visitors from all over the Gulf coast. You don’t need an occasion to visit the farm; just come hungry and stay a while,” said Alfred Froberg. “The kitchen makes thousands of fried pies each weekend. Trays are brought out throughout the day and they empty out quickly. We just keep baking them, it’s amazing,” added Nina.
Locally-grown fresh fruits and vegetables are re-stocked in the store daily. Depending on the season, some seasonal crops are shipped in from producers. There are racks and bins of dried beans, dried fruit, nuts, granola, and jars of local honey, bagged candy, canned specialties, and a selection of J. R. Watkins apothecary products for what ails you.
You will smell Greak’s Smokehouse next to the store before you find it. Fresh-off-the-grille samples draw customers to the colorful and tantalizing shop. Smoked pork tenderloin, chicken and jalapeño and cheese smoked venison sausage are specialties, but the sweet Italian sausage, Boudin and jerky are excellent choices.
Pearland residents can pick up their favorite fruits and vegetable at the Pearland Old Town Farmers Market, held the second and fourth Saturdays each month from 8:00 a.m. till noon. Froberg’s Farm has a large booth at the market as does Froberg’s Citrus Trees & Nursery, offering locally-grown citrus trees that are guaranteed to thrive and produce juicy fruit. You will find a Froberg’s booth every Saturday at the Farmers Market at Clear Lake Shores.
11875 County Road 190, Alvin, TX 77511 (281) 585-3531
From Houston, take Texas 288 south to Texas 6 (Alvin/Sugarland exit), turn left on Texas 6. Turn right on CR 146/Shroeder Lane and take the first left on CR 190. Froberg’s Farm is on the left just over the railroad tracks.