Available Vegetables – May 28, 2016 update

We are located at 661 FM 1553, Bonham, TX 75418 just about 10 miles south of Bonham off of Hwy 78. We are no longer offering “pick your own” vegetables and fruits. However, you are certainly welcome to come out and buy some of our naturally grown, no-pesticide produce that we have already picked. We have a $10 charge per person (minimum $50 charge) for a tour of the farm and garden.  Cost of vegetables is extra, as are pony rides. But if you are coming to purchase produce without a farm and garden tour, there is no extra charge.

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This is our current vegetable price list at Cypress Lake Ranch. We try to keep this updated frequently but please understand if we have something listed here and we have run out. Sometimes that happens.

We love having customers come here. All you need to do is call to see if we’re here. We have no “official” hours, but we’d love to open our store for you as long as we’re here. Just be sure to check with us before driving out here.

This is a list of what we have available right now!

Fresh Herbs – $2.00 per bag

Here are some of the herbs we have: tarragon, oregano, marjoram, parsley, basil, cilantro and rosemary. We also have dried herbs for $5.00 per container. Keep in mind that these are free of chemicals and pesticides (organic but non-certified).

Heirloom Perpetual Spinach – $3.00 per quart bag

Heirloom Bibb Lettuce – $3.00 per quart bag

Swiss Chard – $2.00 per bunch of 12 to 15 leaves

Delicious, pesticide-free blackberries – $5.00 per container

Radishes – $1.00 per bunch

Eggs from pastured, free-roaming chickens – $4.00 per dozen

From our Freezer

We have a limited supply of grassfed beef. Check with us for prices.

And from our pantry:

Herbed Vinegars from our pesticide free, lovingly grown herbs – discounted to $5.00 per bottle (formerly $10.00 per bottle).

Dried Herb blends from our garden herbs (Basil, Parsley, Italian Oregano) – $5.00 per jar.

Sun Dried tomatoes and dried peppers – prices vary – $5 to $10.

Healthy Ranch Dressing Mix (made with our own herbs) – $5.00 per jar. (None available currently.)

Jalapeno Jelly made from our heirloom, pesticide free home grown jalapenos – $5.00 per half pint jar

Pina Colada Jam, Strawberry-Mango jam, Strawberry-Pineapple, Peach-Mango, Peach-Pineapple and other “in season” jams and jellies – $5.00 per half pint jar. (Peaches and blackberries are grown by us.)

Other items in our store:

Peach, Blueberry and Blackberry Cobblers – $5.00 each (order 48 hours ahead).

Handmade yarn scarves of various colors. $10 each

Lavender bath salts, Scented Bath Bombs, Goat milk soaps, Lotions and Body Butter.

Our Goat milk soaps come in a variety of fragrances all made with our own goat’s milk and many with our own fresh or dried herbs.

We also make Artisan Breads, Banana, Zucchini and Pumpkin Breads as well as Pies and “To-Die-For” Blueberry Muffins. We will need at least 48 hours advance notice to get these ready and sometimes longer depending on what we have on our schedule. Check with us for current price list.

Our current specialties are:

Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread – $6.00 per loaf (We need at least a 5-day in advance request in order to sprout the wheat).

Italian Herb Bread – $6.00 per loaf

Oatmeal Wheat Bread – $5.00 or $6.00 per loaf depending on size

Challah Bread – $3.00 per loaf

English Muffin Bread – $5.00 per loaf

Power Cookies (no fat, no eggs) – 4 for $2.00 (Contain oat flour, Canellini beans, coconut, dates, raisins, nuts and organic applesauce).

Rosemary Shortbread Cookies – 4 for $2.00

Gluten Free Coconut & Chocolate Cookies – $1.00 each.

We are also currently making bread that is Gluten Free:

Delicious Gluten Free Bread (loaf-style) – $10.00 per very large loaf (weighs over 2 lbs)

Gluten Free Sandwich Bread (smaller loaves) – $6.00 per loaf

And we’ve recently added a few Paleo items to our list of baked goodies. Check with us for details and prices. The ingredients for most of these are very expensive so we will make them only by special request. BTW, most of them are absolutely delicious!

Give us a call at (214) 681-1306 or (214) 701-8298 or email us at Cypresslakeranch@gmail.com to see about purchasing some of our lovely produce that has NOT been sprayed with insecticides or pesticides. We can also deliver to McKinney, Sherman and other surrounding areas. We have horses so we keep our gate closed. But we’ll be glad to open it for you if you let us know when you are coming.

If you would like to come out to buy some fresh vegetables, give us a call at (214) 681-1306 or (214) 701-8298. If we don’t answer, please leave a message. We are frequently out in the garden.

Call us for morning and/or weekend options as we frequently have other commitments on the weekend. But we’ll be happy to have you come if we’re going to be here.

Also ask about our pony rides, horseback riding lessons and birthday party options. For details see another post on this site and to arrange times, please call Krista at (214) 681-1306.
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What do we do at Cypress Lake Ranch?

We are in our seventh year of growing local garden produce for North Texas and the DFW metroplex area. We love growing things – plants, animals, kids! We do it with lots of love and we do it without pesticides, antibiotics and hormones, etc. Our gardens are all in raised beds; our orchard is well kept, well cared for and they both give us great returns.


We teach riding lessons at our ranch (located just north of Bailey). The instructor is a certified therapeutic riding instructor and loves to teach beginners, kids and people with special needs. She has over 15 years of teaching experience. We love our horses and have some beauties. We have several ponies and 3 pure and 1 half Andalusian, and many more! You can find out all the details about horse sales at our “Horse for Sale in Texas” website.

We also do pony ride gigs either at your place or ours. Call 214 681-1306 for a quote.


In our gardens we specialize in growing heirlooms. We have wonderful melt-in-your-mouth Sloan’s Creek heirloom red okra and Heirloom Mammoth Melting Sugar Peas. We have a great variety of heirloom tomatoes and we love the different shapes, colors and flavors. They are all unique. If you’ve never tasted an heirloom tomato, you have no idea what a tomato can taste like! Tips for growing juicy tomatoes can be found at this link. And we really grow some juicy ones!

We also have a greenhouse in which we are experimenting with a number of different growing methods. We use aeroponics, off-grid hydroponics, traditional hydroponics and traditional growing methods. You can find out more about hydroponics by checking out this link.

Our eggs are produced by contented hens who are free to run around in the pasture, peck at grass and bugs, eat garden leftovers and who lay lovely brown and blue-green eggs – a real taste treat!


We occasionally offer classes and workshops in chicken butchering, rabbit raising, rabbit butchering, building raised beds, canning, bread making, alternative gardening, soap making and alternative cooking methods, etc. Whenever we schedule a class, we’ll post it both here and at our Local Harvest events listing. (Just go to www.localharvest.org and look for Cypress Lake Ranch.) You can also find Cypress Lake Ranch on Facebook.

Birthday Parties:

We also host other special events such as birthday parties, family reunions, hay rides and bonfires, etc. We offer Birthday party packages here at the farm. Check out our other article for pricing options. Feel free to call or stop by for a free mini tour to see if our facilities will suit your needs.

Farm Tours:

We occasionally hold farm day tours where you can come see our beautiful lake and gardens and interact with the farm animals. Check out our facebook page for the Farm Tour dates. Otherwise, we would love to give you and your family or group a private farm tour but we do charge $10 per person with a $50 minimum charge. We work hard here on the farm and we love to have visitors but it needs to be worth taking time out of the daily routine! The tour includes seeing the farm animals, using the picnic area (if you’d like) and a garden tour. Pony rides and garden produce are extra.

We’d love to meet you and talk horses, gardening and self sufficiency. You will no doubt go away with at least one or two tips that will make your visit worth your time. We’re located about 40 miles northeast of McKinney.

You can contact us by phone at 214 681-1306 or 903 583-6036. Our email is: CypressLakeRanch@gmail.com What do we do at Cypress Lake Ranch?

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Open Farm Day on October 24, 2015

We have an open farm day coming up this Sat, Oct 24th from noon until 3:00 PM. You can bring a picnic to enjoy by the lake or in the shade of the pecan grove and enjoy playing with the animals, seeing the garden and greenhouse, Cost is $5 per person and there will be hand led pony rides available for the kids for an extra charge of $5 per ride. Our theme is based on the Peanuts movie and we have lots of stickers and stencils to share as well as a place to take pictures. Come on out and enjoy the farm with us!

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Open Farm Day on Sep 7th (Labor Day)

Just a quick post to let you know we’ll be having an open farm day on Monday, Sep 7, 2015 (Labor Day). What that means is that we’ll be open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM for anyone to come to see the animals, the gardens and to bring your own picnic lunch, if you’d like. The cost is $5.00 per person (18 months and older, including adults).

We’ll also have the option of hand-led pony rides which will have an extra $5 charge per ride. If you don’t have plans and would like to give your children an up close farm experience, come out and join us. We have lots of animals – just about anything you would expect to find on a farm except pigs.

It’s a beautiful, quiet place and a lovely location for a picnic lunch by the lake.

RSVP to let us know you’re coming. 214 681-1306 or 214 701-8298.

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Classes this week!

We will be holding 2 classes this week. The first is one in simple cheese making. We have goat milk so will be teaching on how to make goat milk cheese. Cost of this class is $20 and you will be able to take home some of the cheese. The class will be held on Friday, March 13th at 10:00 AM at our main house down the hill near the lake. If it rains on Thursday and/or Friday, you will have to walk down the driveway as it is impassable due to all the recent rain and mud. Be sure to wear your mud boots.

The second class will be held on Sat, March 14th. It will be on building an off-grid hydroponic system called Kratky boxes. We have had a lot of success growing things like lettuce, herbs, etc in our Kratky boxes and it is a completely hands free growing method. So come on out and find out how to do it. We’ll have one class at 10:00 until noon and a second class from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. We are holding this class on a donation basis; no set fee – just give a donation that fits your budget. We’ll also have some supplies available for purchase as well as some of our produce and other items such as herb plants, goat milk soaps, jams, jellies, pickles and baked goods.

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Moving Plants And Shrubs Is Easier With The Right Digging Tools

Today I’m offering an article I felt would be useful to our followers. My thanks to Michael Bernzweig for this great information on special digging tools that will help the gardener with moving plants and shrubs.

Moving plants and shrubs around the garden is a delicate process; and one that’s made easier and more successful when you use the right tools. In fact, the proper digging tools can come in very handy when transplanting all kinds of perennials and shrubs. The proper hand tools and longer shovels and spades can make all of the difference in the world. With the proper tools in hand, your next gardening project will be quicker and easier to accomplish. Here to tell us more about just how helpful they can be is Michael Bernzweig of Detector Electronics Corp.

The same digging tools that metal detectorists use when retrieving the underground targets located by their machines can also be used by gardeners to complete a variety of tasks more successfully, especially moving plants and shrubs to new locations in the garden. When I say this, usually the first thing I’m asked is how metal detecting tools differ from the regular garden tools you’d find at the greenhouse or the hardware store. Well, there are actually several differences between these types of gardening tools and their ability to aid you in transplanting shrubs and perennials, so let’s take a look.

Metal Detector Digging Tools Have Pointed Blades

Metal detector digging trowels and shovels offer blades with well sculpted, pointed tips that are designed to make digging up often very precious relics easy, and safe for both the metal detectorist and the potential treasures they’re unearthing. This feature will also help you cut through the soil and remove rocks much more easily when digging up your plants and shrubs, as well as when you’re digging the new hole where you’ll replant them. As a result, you’ll save a lot of time and back breaking labor!

Metal Detector Digging Tools Offer Serrated Edges

The serrated edges of metal detector digging tools and gardening tools are another feature of these unique accessories that make them excellent to use when moving plants and shrubs from one place to another in the garden. These serrated edges will help make a clean cut through the roots which will allow the plant to recover from the shock of transplantation faster and more successfully.

Metal Detector Digging Tools Last a Long Time

Unlike most run of the mill gardening tools, metal detector digging tools will last a long, long time! In order to be lightweight and efficient, many brands of metal detector digging tools are made of aircraft quality steel. This means they’re also dent and rust resistant for a gardening tool that will provide you with years of use no matter what you throw at it.

Although some of the best metal detector digging tools may cost a bit more than a shovel or trowel you’ll find at the hardware store or greenhouse, when you look at the long term costs, ease of use, and benefits to your garden they’re far more affordable. Don’t let moving your plants and shrubs become difficult, or worse, damage your precious plants. Invest in high quality digging tools and you’ll have a more beautiful and successful garden than ever before.

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About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written on the subject of treasure hunting and metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He enjoys traveling with his metal detector and helping to educate others in the correct use of metal detectors in their explorations.

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What Tomatoes Grow Best In A Greenhouse?

Growing tomatoes in a greenhouse can be a great way for you to enjoy this delicious fruit, all around the year.

Each variety will have its own unique taste and texture and when you determine the style of tomatoes you enjoy the most, you can grow them all through the year.

Probably the easiest of the tomatoes to grow in a greenhouse will be the Cobra tomatoes.

  • These tomatoes produce a great deal of fruit per plant at almost eight pounds.
  • They are able to withstand most of the greenhouse illnesses that plants face and are resistant to many of the wilt diseases and viruses that can often be a common concern for tomato plants.

Another resilient form of tomato you can choose from is the Stresa tomato.

  • With an ability to fight off leaf mold and avoid wilting, this is a plant you can successfully grow in most greenhouse conditions. They can also produce almost nine pounds of fruit per plant and will be one choice you will want to consider when looking at the different vegetables you can use.

Capello tomatoes are decent if you have some room to grow in your greenhouse.

They can typically produce fairly decent sized fruits, but their ability to resist many of the common illnesses faced by greenhouse tomatoes isn’t at the same level as the Stresa and the Cobra.

  • However, if you are able to successfully care for them, you can end up with some fairly decent sized tomatoes.

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Additional types of tomatoes that can be grown in this setting that can withstand the mold, tobacco mosaic virus and many of the wilt related illnesses that can be found.

  • This includes the Trust tomato which has been shown to withstand almost all the concerns within a greenhouse, the Caruso tomato as well as the Belmondo tomatoes.
  • Each option has a unique flavor that helps them to truly stand out in the various dishes that they can be used in.

Knowing the types of tomatoes you can grow in your greenhouse is only part of the process.

It is equally important for you to understand the proper way to handle the growing of these fruits. The reason is that tomatoes require precise watering and soil to successfully grow in any environment. The following information is going to prove to be helpful to you.

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The Starting Point

  1. Getting things started off right is going to be important.
  2. Some people will pick up healthy plants for their greenhouse.
  3. While this isn’t always a problem, you will most likely have more success growing your plants from seeds.
  4. You will want to ensure that any seeds you select are designed for use in your greenhouse for them to grow.

These seeds will then need to be kept in warm conditions, with lights designed to stimulate growth and heat mats to keep them warm.

Once planted, your seeds are going to take a few weeks to get to the point where you can move them to larger pots if you desire to do so. For these pots, you will need to ensure you are using at least ten gallon sizes to ensure that there is plenty of room for the root system.

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A secret here that you might find useful is that placing a little mild solution of bleach in the pot before you add soil can actually reduce plant infections. With that, it will be important that you avoid using the same potting soil that a plant has previously died in as this increases the chances for root rot to take place. Finally, add in calcium supplements designed for plants when possible. You will find that this helps to reduce the risk of root rot and will help your fruit to have a better flavor.

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Make Sure You Don’t Have Pest Problems

  • Often, people will place their tomatoes in the greenhouse and avoid the use of pesticides, while that is fine, you will still need to protect the environment.
  • Bugs and viruses can still enter any location and you will want to have a line of defense in place to keep them safe.
  • A good idea will be to use basil and lavender in your greenhouse.
  • This has been shown to help reduce the influx of pests a location can have and that can reduce the amount of disease they face.
  • In addition to that, try to keep them in the sunniest spot, closest to your stabilized heating unit to get the best possible results.
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This guide was written and published by guest author Whitney Segura, known garden & green enthusiast marketer from Lafayette, Louisiana. Whitney is an owner of EarthCare Greenhouses and Our Crazy Deals, a brand of hobby greenhouse and holder of a variety of the best greenhouse popular buys, of small greenhouse gardening kits.

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Summer Garden in Full Swing

The summer (read HOT) garden is in full swing here in North Texas. We’re waiting very impatiently for our Heirloom Sloan’s Creek Red Okra to start producing. We got it in late because the early peas were still producing and the okra had to wait its turn. Now we wish the options for places to plant were more abundant. That way we could have peas longer and okra longer. (sigh)

But the tomatoes and the cucumbers as well as watermelon and cantaloupe are producing well. Oh, so are the peppers. We are growing some “EXTRA HOT” Indian Jwala peppers this year. At least the package says they are extra hot and I’m not brave enough to try them to see for myself. Still waiting for feedback from those who might have tried them after buying them at the Denison Farmers Market.

The eggplant are doing awesome as well. I’m growing an heirloom variety this year called Aswad. They seem to be much more bug and disease resistant than other varieties I’ve tried in the past. And they don’t have sharp barbs that poke the gardener – a definite plus and pretty much a guarantee that they will be the variety I choose to grow from now on.

The American (or Gaucho) melons are a little disappointing so far, but may get better. I am no longer watering them in an attempt to let the sweetness develop more intensely. Hoping this will work! :)

The Armenian Cucumbers are being grown in a unique configuration that is turning out to be very nice and is probably the way I’ll grow them from now on. We built a trellis out of 3 cattle panels, forming an arch with the idea that the cucumbers would be easier to pick this way. It’s working out nicely, even better than we thought it would.

Check out this post to find out what’s available in the garden right now. You can come out to get fresh vegetables or we can deliver to McKinney. On Saturday mornings (9 to noon) and sometimes on Wed afternoons (3 to 6) we are at the Denison Farmers Market.

Looking forward to serving you with our awesome, fresh, locally grown, non-GMO, no pesticide garden veggies.

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Review of Standlee Hay Forage Products

Here at Cypress Lake Ranch we have a bunch of horses and other animals and we were recently given the opportunity to try out a new brand of feed/hay for them called the Standlee hay products. I was very impressed. Basically, it is hay in a bag and super easy to use and handle and the horses, goats and sheep and even the couple of cows I have, loved it all. One product that I got to use was the alfalfa hay: http://www.standleeforage.com/featured/alfalfa-hay
They loved it and ate it really well and it was a cost efficient way to supplement the high price of grain and keep them looking fat and healthy. It was easy to feed and they appreciated the addition of the hay in a bag.
I also tried the beet pulp for a few of my older mares. It smelled good and they gained weight while eating it due to the added forage to their diets.  http://www.standleeforage.com/featured/beet-pulp
All in all, I would recommend these products for the ease of use and the nutritional value they provided. I would say if you are looking to help your horses or other animals and you are on a budget, try the Standlee products, especially considering this drought period and weird weather!
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Semaspore (Nolo Bait) the Natural Grasshopper Control

Well, spring is finally arriving in our neck of the woods. The plum trees are in bloom and I’m looking for the lilac blossoms any day.

When spring comes I think about how I’m going to prevent grasshopper damage in the summer heat. Last year I found out about Semaspore, also known by the brand name Nolo Bait. I got really excited and bought the biggest bag possible – 25 pounds. However, in reality a 5 pound bag would have been perfect for me. So this year, I plan to get the smaller bag, especially since it has a rather short shelf life. That simply means that the almost full bag of Nolo Bait that I have left is now worthless. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it.

Semaspore is a biological control that doesn’t harm other insects or birds. It is specific to grasshoppers and crickets and is safe to use since nothing else can be harmed by it. As the first grasshoppers feed on the bran that has the semaspore in it, they begin to get lethargic and eventually die. Other grasshoppers feed on them since they are cannibalistic and they also die. The earlier in the season that you can get your semaspore scattered around your garden, the better. But wait until you begin to see grasshoppers to do it.

I found that the semaspore kept the grasshoppers down to a manageable number thus minimizing the damage to garden crops. You do, however, need to continue to put the bait out if it rains as it will no longer be effective once it is wet.

Here is a link you can use to order Nolo Bait. I highly recommend trying it if you are opposed to using harmful pesticides in your garden.

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