Saturday, November 29, 2008

Homestead Heritage

We spent our Thanksgiving weekend at Homestead Heritage. This is a non-denominational Christian homeschooling community (about 300 families) that lives on and farms over 500 acres north of Waco. EVERYTHING is homegrown, homemade, homeraised, and made on site -- This community reminds me of the Amish.

The homeschooled kids played in an orchestra, sang, and participated throughout the festivities.

ALL the food is grown from organic and heirloom seeds. No preservatives, no food colors, everything 100% natural. The only thing I saw they had shipped in, was the natural cola's. This community bakes their own breads, weaves their own baskets, yarn, leather, woodworking, blacksmith, candlemaking, soap making, butter, cheese, canning, grinding wheat and corn, pottery, bee keeping, farming, furniture making, barn raising -- you name it.

Lots of samples to try -- porridge, cookies, breads, cheese, fresh pasta...

The food is PHENOMENAL! Creamy homemade ice cream, with homemade cones. Fresh beef and poultry, raised on wholesome grains. Homegrown rice, vegetables, fruits, nuts, popcorn...

The kettle corn melted in our mouths and the hot cider was out of this world.

We watched live music, took a horse drawn hayride to the look-out, visited the petting zoo...

These pictures are in no special order, but will give you an idea of the activities the community had provided. I was very impressed with their skills. This festivity is only offered to the public around Thanksgiving, but they offer year-round classes on homesteading.

























































































8 comments:

Anonymous said...

That looks like so much fun!!!

I like that big fluffy dog!


Molly.

Daisy said...

Oh what a wonderful Thanksgiving!! Look at those quilts! Those girls did such a wonderful job on those! Thanks for sharing, your daughter looked like she had some fun :o) ... I REALLY enjoyed looking at all the pictures.

Patty said...

I could just cry! You get to go to so many wonderful places; how did you hear of this place? Do they have a web site so we can learn more? You lucky ducky!!!!

Posh And Trendy said...

Loved all the pic's.. it sounded like my life growing up as a kid.

Did you by any chance get a start from those Egyptian walking onions?? I've been looking forever for a start of them.. their what we called winter onions.

Texas Mom said...

No, I didn't get a start on those onions. I DID pick up some organic carrots, and Serrano peppers. Alan's going to help me this spring in getting the garden bed started. We also plan to utilize behind my pool (where you showed me)

Patty, here's their link. Maybe you can come up here next Thanksgiving and we go together. http://www.homesteadheritage.com/

Texas Mom said...

Oh, and I picked up a jar of that Jalapeno Jelly. Alan had it on toast this morning and said it was the best he's EVER tasted. On hindsight, I wish I had picked up an extra jar and mailed you some, mom.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, it's so nice to see a different way of life. What a wonderful way you spent the holiday!!!!!

Tiffiney said...

Wow awesome pictures..looks like allot of fun!! I have never heard of a natural soda..I am going to check that out...love the quilts to... :)