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) and in McKinney. 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 an Exmoor mare, 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.
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 or we bring the farm to your house. 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.
We occasionally hold farm day tours and farm petting zoos. 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.