We are proud to announce that our new name of our farm and ranch is now posted. After research and finding the name of “Silver Star” itself was associated with many low quality products in Texas, we decided to change our names on both our future winery as well as our farm and ranch. The name consists of the proud maiden name of my wife and my last name. The view on the sign comes from our own ranch.
How we live our lives today will determine the joy of our eternal journey tomorrow
To those of you who are thinking of retiring to the farm life in East Texas, get prepared to find out, it is not like the old movies.
In our retirement almost a year and a half ago, my wife and I were excited to find a beautiful home on thirty acres in Eustace, Texas. My wife was the oldest of six on a two hundred acre farm in Celina, Texas, in her youth. Her Father was a true farmer, in the sense of what a farmer was about. Her memories from her childhood was neighbors were true neighbors in those day, in helping each other. In our new home in Eustace, which will be the home of our on going vineyard, we have found that is far from the realities of life in the country.
As a rule, we have found country folks standoffish, isolated and as the old saying goes, “They would not give a nickel to see a piss ant eat a bale of hay.” The worse thing we have found as new farm owners…
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Even to this day is Depression a sickness that the medical profession is in awe of and as of yet found a cure for. The only hope is two-fold, giving up one’s life to the Love of Jesus; the second is prayer in His Name.
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We have just returned from a three-day trip to “Texas‘ Grape Camp” in Fredericksburg, Texas: www.txwines.org/grapecamp/. Knowledge is truly power in determining the success of a future winery, farm and ranch in our new home in Eustace, Texas. If you are a land owner in the area and wish for to share our knowledge in a consultant format, in starting a winery, farm and ranch in the Eustace area, do not hesitate to contact us. You will find our consultant fees reasonable and will save you thousands of dollars in planning your own dream winery, farm and ranch in East Texas. Contact info: http://firstname.lastname@example.org
This evening my wife and I attended the 2013 Floyd Smith Memorial Hay Show at the Kaufman County Fair Grounds. We had placed one of currently owned 5 X 6 Rolls of hay for analysis and judging for the event. We are proud to announce as the only out of county entry from Henderson County, we placed “Second” in this event in the category of “Other Bermuda Grass.” Pictures of the actual analysis sheets will be posted tomorrow. Our actual % of CP came to 12.9. We were within a whisker of the first place winner. There were 13 entries in our category. For newbie farmers in the East Texas area we are very proud and thankful for our placement for our fine hay which is currently for sale at $70 a roll.
Last night I had the blessing of being the guest of one my wife’s AG classes through the junior college in Athens, Texas. A class of approximately nine with my wife and I attended a seminar on the proper feeding of horses on Dr. Hick’s farm in Palestine, Texas. Without a doubt, Dr. Hicks is truly one of the finest vets I have ever met in my life. Following is an article about him and his long history as a vet. Click the following link for his full story: Hicks knows horses: Longtime veterinarian specializes in horse medicine. A picture of my wife, Linda with Dr. Hicks will be forthcoming. Linda is currently in the mist of a full semester of two AG courses through the college and another winery on-line course, part II of a five-part course through the UC of Davis out of California. Knowledge is power when it comes to our forthcoming winery, farm and ranch in this part of East Texas.
Are you a farmer or rancher living in a drought zone in Texas such as Austin, Graham or the Ft. Worth area? Do you have livestock such as breeding cattle or horses that depend on hay for feed? Now is the time to prepare for the purchase of hay for your farm and ranch operation before sky-high prices rocket in for the prices of hay production.
We currently have for sale approximatedly 180 bales of hay for sale that is available for delivery by eighteen wheeler to parts of Texas for a reasonable fee per bale. Prices start prior to shipping fee per bale at $35 for quality net rolled 4×5’s. Call John J. Rigo at 469-450-4144 for additional info. If no answer leave name and number.