“So what’s the Place look like?” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’s Commentator

Picture taken from front gate to home.

Picture taken from front gate to home.

 

Picture of road from house to front gate. Is that not an awesome road...all concrete!

Picture of road from house to front gate. Is that not an awesome road…all concrete!

 

With the start of our picture-taking of the place, I left out the obvious, that being what does the place look like?  Above are two shots, one from the front gate, the other from the house to the front gate…..enjoy. 

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“But you do not even have a Vine yet!” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

This represents a part of my belief system.

This represents a part of my belief system.

From the distance I can hear that thought from some that have found this site.  That is true, at this moment there is not a vine one on our farm yet.  I am a believer in having vision before one is capable in having dreams becoming a reality.  It is one of the Lord’s greatest gifts to us all.  Sadly, many of us, lack the courage and belief in one’s self to exercise this gift.  Today, my wife and I see this dream in its finished reality.  It just a matter of a little time. 

“The Gift of Our Water” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

That is our Well House in the far distance.

That is our Well House in the far distance.

In the purchase of our new farm, having the best in water available to the property was our first requirement.  We are proud to relate that our farm and future vineyard is on the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer.  It is known to be the finest ground water in the country.  It comes from the well behind our home.  The water in its recent tests was tested to be “Perfect.”  In fact, the same water that Ozarka bottles for their water, is the same water that comes out of our well.  This will be the water that will water our vineyard, as well as our future vegetable and fruit production, with additional great water for our cattle production.

“Beds…Beds….Raised Beds Everywhere” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

The continued task of building beds.

The continued task of building beds.

Construction continues on Member's boxes.

Construction continues on Member’s boxes.

The project continues with raised beds being built for our future members on their future garden beds.

“A Gift of a Precious Antique Wine-Press” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

Hundred year old Antique Wine-Press in pocession of Silver Star Winery of Texas,Eustace, Texas 75124

Hundred year old Antique Wine-Press in care of Silver Star Winery of Texas,
Eustace, Texas 75124

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Sunshine upon our Antique Wine-Press at Silver Star Winery of Texas.

Sunshine upon our Antique Wine-Press at Silver Star Winery of Texas.

Within days of the purchase of our farm, a phone call came to us from a dear friend in Dallas.  She is the major buyer for all the fine wines that a chain of liquor stores imports to its outlets across the United States.  She has been with the company close to thirty years. 

She was very excited in her call.  It seems while cleaning out an old warehouse, a very old antique wine-press was found.  It is estimated that the press is over a hundred years old.  The company was getting ready to take it to the dump.  We gladly accepted taking it as a free gift.  It took a forklift to place it in a pick-up truck and bring it to our new farm in Eustace, Texas. 

This fine lady of a wine-press will become the center of displays for our future wine tasting room at Silver Star Winery of Texas.  A fitting gift for a dream that will soon unfold in beautiful East Texas.  

“Our Garden Beds…Beginnings” copyright 2013 John J. Rigo, Texas’ Commentator

Another picture of personal garden with beginning raised boxes.

Another picture of garden beds with raised boxes.

Continued picture of personal garden.

Continued picture of future gardens.

Partial picture of upcoming personal garden.

Partial picture of upcoming private gardens.

The following pictures were taken today of our upcoming three-quarters of an acre private gardens.  Included are the beginnings of raised beds with potatoes and onions planted including various fruit trees planted in one corner.  In this day and age of rapidly raising food prices and questionable chemically treated  vegetables and fruits, family health in proper eating with safe food has become a priority to many. 

Welcome to the Silver Star Farm and Ranch of Eustace, Texas

View from rear porch of 12551 FM 2709 Eustace, Texas 75124

View from rear porch of 12551 FM 2709 Eustace, Texas 75124

A Light of Blessing Upon Silver Star Winery of Texas shortly after purchase.

A Light of Blessing Upon Silver Star Winery of Texas shortly after purchase.

This first posting represents the beginning a dream for both Linda Stewart Rigo and her husband, John J. Rigo in their purchase of this twenty-nine acre farm in Eustace, Texas.  It is located at 12551 FM Road 2709, one mile from Highway 175, nine miles from Gun Barrel City and ten miles from Athens, Texas.

It is the eventual goal of the owners of this property in coming to fruition, to be a working farm and ranch providing fruits and vegetables to the marketplace, including a By-Invitation-Only-Private-Star-Club, consisting of a “Botique Vineyard” (copyrighted), and a wine-tasting room.  Cattle will also be provided on the grazing portion of the property. 

Take time to view our Blog with WordPress to see our continued development.  If you ever thought of having a vineyard of your own, watch our progress as we will render photo’s and explanation of the transitional stages of our dream.  This last week we just returned from a week’s trip to UC at Davis in Sacramento, California, where we took various vineyard courses to assist in establishing on our behalf, this dream of a lifetime.   We now have become an official.com with our address now being: http://silverstarfarmandranchoftexas.com