June 14, 2009 - 11:11 AM
All men dream, but not equally.
Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of
their minds, awake in the day to find that it was
But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they
may act their dreams with open eyes to make it reality
T. E. Lawrence
June 14, 2009 - 10:19 AM
A friend attending a Forestry Field Day at the farm May
30 took this photo of the farm was he left for Dallas.
We hope to get more and also some of the
Rocky Branch Grass Ranch.
June 04, 2009 - 10:26 PM
The is the note sent to 1,259 registered on
GreerFarm.com to receive our newsletter advising them
the berry patch it opening and a little other news.
Berry Patch Opening
We are pleased to announce that the Greer Farm
Pick-Your-Own berry patch will open at 7:00 am
Saturday June 6 for the 2009 season.
There will be limited quantities of blackberry
initially for the first few days, so those of you not
near the the farm should not come for at least a week.
We expect plenty by Saturday June 11. Blueberries will
be few and far between for a week of so. To give the
early pickers a chance, we are not taking pre-picked
order until after June 11.
Prices this year for pick-your-own are $3 per pound for
blackberry and blueberry. Pre-picked flats of 12 pints
will be $40 or if less than a full flat, $3.75 per
We recommend you always call for availability,
especially during the first few weeks of the
The berry fields of north and east Texas were dealt a
hard blow by the severe freeze April 6 and many peach
and berry orchards have no fruit this year. We
had some damage to our thorn blackberries, but not our
thornless blackberry. The blueberry crop is
probably 25% less in number of berries, but the berries
on the plants appear to be much larger at this stage
than last year. We are also using a special
organic fertilizer program and have had tremendous
growth of our blueberry plants this season.
This and That
Chef Eva's June 13 cooking class is sold out, but there
are a few slots left for July 11 which will focus on
cooking with fresh fruit and berries (Pittsburg peaches
and Greer Farm Blackberries and Blueberries).
Classes in August (Gifts of the Garden: Cooking with
Summer Vegetables), September (Artisan Breads and
Soups), October (German Oktoberfest Texas Style)
and November (Roasting Meats: Succulent Roasted Lamb,
Beef & Pork) are filling up. The October and
November classes are great for guys and in the
afternoon kick back and watch college football on HD TV
in a cabin on the ESPN Gameplan.
We have two cabins and the bunkhouse available for the
three day Forth of July weekend. It is a great
time to spend a few days on the farm and attend the
fireworks and festivals in nearby towns to celebrate
the 4th holiday. All other weekends are booked until
after July 11. There are plents of
Sunday-Thursday weekdays available.
We are updating our blogs daily so check them on a
regular basis to see what is going on at the
farm. To be published this week: The
ongoing saga of Johnny Pinecone, Bocce on the Farm and
How to Not Work Cattle: Tales of a Few Good Cowboys. If
time permits, we will also post on the blog some photos
of our spring flower gardens.
If you live in the Dallas - Fort Worth area, please
check out Food Roots bus tour to our farm Saturday June
20: The Fruits of Their Labor Part II. This
will be an outstanding event and participation is
limited. More information is available at the
Food Roots website.
The Slow Food Dallas Chapter has an event planned for
the farm Saturday June 27. This will be a hands
on berry jam making class and time on the farm to pick
berries. If your appreciate good natural and
healthy food, consider joining Slow Food. This
non-profit group strives to educates people about how
their food choices affect everybody.
We expect to have a good berry season and look forward
to your visiting our family farm. We appreciate
Eva, Sid and all of us at The Greer Farm.
June 04, 2009 - 01:09 PM
We were so pleased to be featured in several articles
and a photo slide show online in The Dallas Morning
News recently. Here are links to the articles and
Photo slide Show: Down On the Farm
Article: Trading City Life for an East Texas
Article: Greer Farm In East Texas Offers Cooking
Classes, B&B and Cabins
Article: Greer Farm No-Crust Asparagus
June 04, 2009 - 07:47 AM
I grew up without air conditioning in houses with
screen on the windows, screen doors and an attic fan to
exhaust the hot day time air replacing it with cooler
evening air. I recall with fond memory my dad walking
on the creaking floor in the middle of the night to
turn off the attic fan because it was too cool in the
house. I especially remember laying next to the window
and feeling the rush of the humid cool air and
capturing it under my sheet to make an air tent. That
is something young kids today will never experience.
Everyone I knew has screen doors and they all had that
special screen door sound when opening that you never
forget. The old part of the farmhouse has screen doors
and I love to hear that sound when opening them. Today
it is in the mid-60's and the doors are open and fresh
country air is coming in through the screens.
Most of the visitors to our log cabins will give nature
a chance when they arrive and not turn on the air
conditioning immediately. We normally have the windows
open on arrival. Some almost break a leg to turn on the
A/C to its lowest setting the moment they get into the
cabin and it stays there whether they are in the cabin
or off for the day on a day trip. I can understand if
its 93 degrees, but when it is 75 I have to wonder.
In any case, for those that like a country break and
want to hear the birds sing, we have added screen doors
to each cabin. We hope you enjoy them.
June 01, 2009 - 05:57 PM
These photos were taken last weekend. The blackberry
bushes will soon be loaded with these 1-1/2 inch long
sweet berries. If you like fresh sweet onions, we can
meet your needs. Onions are $1.00/pound pre-picked and
trimmed. Berries this year will be $3 pound
A large sweet berry from the thorn bushes
The thornless berries will be ready in a few weeks
A Candy onion: sweeter than the 1015
Candy Red sweet onions
Young fig fruit