Family Fun Farm Day – November 17, 2012

Our family fun farm day is coming up this Saturday, Nov 17th from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Cost for this event is $5.00 per person (18 months and older).

We’ll have our Amazing Animal Adventures Petting Zoo available, a picnic area, tours of the garden and orchard as well as pony rides (for $5.00 per ride).

We had hoped to have a bonfire and roast marshmallows and have a place to grill whatever you’d like to bring to eat. But it looks as though Fannin county will still be under a burn ban so our bonfire will have to be rescheduled. We have had a very dry Fall. Unless we get a gully-washer of a storm before Sat, we will NOT be able to have the bonfire.

We hope that won’t dissuade you from coming out to enjoy the ranch with us. The kids always have a great time at our petting zoo and it’s a nice pleasant drive from the Dallas and McKinney area.

We will have some homemade goodies to sell, as well as some jams, jellies, pecans (in the shell) and we’ll have water, soft drinks and juice available for purchase. We’ll even make a big pot of wassail to warm us all up instead of a bonfire and of course, we’ll have hot water, cocoa mixes and marshmallows for making hot chocolate.

Come and join us for an afternoon and evening of fun!

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Intro to Horseback Riding and Farm Day

What: Join us at Cypress Lake Ranch, 661 FM 1553, Bonham, TX 75418 for an afternoon of fun on the farm. We’ll have demo’s of things like “how to milk a goat,” “how to construct a raised garden bed” and more. You can see the petting zoo, enjoy a short riding lesson, buy fresh produce from our farm stand and bring your own picnic to enjoy under the pecan trees or by the lake. We will have soft drinks and juice boxes that can be purchased. No alcoholic beverages allowed.

When: Saturday, September 1, 2012 from 1:00 PM until 6:00 PM.

Cost: Entrance fee is $5.00 per person for anyone 18 months and older. This includes all the demo’s, the petting zoo and the picnic area. An introductory riding lesson is $15 per person.

Fresh Produce: We will have fresh produce for sale starting at 4:30 PM. Prices are found in a separate post on this website.

Demo’s: We’re planning some fun and interesting demo’s but if there is something you’re especially interested in, please let us know. 

Door Prize: You will have the opportunity to sign up to win a door prize – it’s a surprise! Registration for the door prize will be open until 4:30 PM and a name will be drawn at 5:00 PM.

Reservations Needed for Introductory Riding Lessons: If you are coming and plan to have an introductory riding lesson or are bringing a child or children to do that, you need to call ahead and talk to Krista (214 681-1306) to mark a time slot and pay a deposit. It looks like there will be quite a few people coming and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed. She will have time slots available between 2:00 and 4:00 PM in approximately 15 minute intervals. If all of those slots fill up and she needs to, she will add more time slots. She needs to know ahead of time. Thanks!

Schedule of Events:

1:00 PM Gates open and you can tour the farm.

1:30 PM Petting Zoo

2:00 PM First Demo – How to save tomato and cucumber seeds. Explanation of the terms “heirloom,” “open pollinated” and “hybrid.”

2:00 until 4:00 PM Introductory riding lessons. Don’t forget to schedule ahead of time with Krista (214 681-1306).

3:00 PM Second Demo – Cloning a tomato plant

4:00 PM Third Demo – How to construct a raised bed garden

4:15 PM Petting Zoo

4:30 until 6:00 PM Farm stand will be open for purchasing already picked pesticide-free vegetables.

5:45 PM Fourth Demo – How to milk a goat

Anytime: You may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy by the side of the lake or under the pecan orchard anytime during the afternoon. We have a few picnic tables but you may want to bring lawn chairs and/or a blanket if you’re planning to have a picnic.

 Intro to Horseback Riding and Farm Day

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Great tasting, healthy dressed chickens for sale

Have you ever wondered where your chickens come from? I mean, the ones from the grocery store. If you’ve had the opportunity to visit or see footage of a commercial chicken farm, you would probably be horrified.

So why not support a local small farmer and get your chickens from a source you can trust. Our chickens at Cypress Lake Ranch have been compassionately raised with lots of attention and TLC. They have been free to peck in the ground for bugs, eat leftover garden goodies and grow healthy and strong with sunshine and fresh air.

Give us a call if you’d like any freshly dressed chickens. We can deliver to McKinney.

Phone: 214 681-1306 and talk to Krista.

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Need help with your holiday baking?

We love to bake! If you need help with your holiday baking, give us a call. We make everything (except brownies) from scratch. Well,…actually we can make brownies from scratch, too, if you really insist. We have some yummy recipes for fudge, Christmas cookies, holiday breads (both quick breads and yeast breads), pecan/pineapple cheese balls, pies, etc. Give us a call for prices and ask us for an estimate if you need us to make something special using YOUR recipe. We’ll try to accomodate.

Our pumpkin pies are made out of our own organically (non-certified) grown pumpkins and our pecan pies from our own pecans.

We can also do low/no carb and/or low/no sugar goodies using top quality ingredients. These will obviously cost more simply because the ingredients are more expensive, but we’ll be happy to help you in any way we can.

Your friendly “elf” bakers at Cypress Lake Ranch!


Phone: 903 583-6036

Cell phones: 214 701-8298 and 214 681-1306

P.S. We celebrate Christmas at our house!

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Urban Survival/Self-Sustaining Workshop – Alternative Cooking

Our Urban Survival Workshop took place on September 10, 2011.

What? Find out how to cook and bake if you suddenly no longer had gas or electricity.

The participants found out how to cook using passive methods and how to build a solar cooker using very inexpensive items – ones that a person may already have on hand or that could be easily and cheaply acquired in case of an emergency.

We cooked (and ate) the noon meal. Here is a picture of it:

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Who are we? We have lots of practical hands on experience as a result of living in remote areas in the Amazon jungle of Brazil where we had minimal resources. We have taught survival techniques and have used them ourselves. We aren’t just talking about theory. This workshop was very practical and  the participants went away knowing much more about how to survive in a crisis situation than the average American.

We will be doing this workshop again. Several have expressed an interest and when we can fit it into our schedule, we’ll be offering it again. Please use the form on this page to sign up for our newsletter and we’ll be sending out the information when we put new workshops on the schedule.

Contact us at

Or by phone at: 903 583-6036 or 214 681-1306 If there is no answer, please leave a message and we’ll return your call.

We look forward to serving you!


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Basic Food Preservation Workshop

Our basic food preservation workshop on Saturday, August 27, 2011 was great fun.

We talked about what we would do if we were suddenly without electricity for an extended period? How would you save the most important things in your refrigerator and/or freezer. We dried some tomatoes and pickled a bunch of cucumbers (3 different kinds!) We also talked about some of the essential things to have on hand and/or be thinking about in order to be prepared. Was it coincidental that Hurricane Irene hit this weekend and knocked out electricity for many up in the northeastern part of the country? We all need to be prepared!

Here is a handy link with detailed information about canning.

Here are some of the Bread & Butter pickles we recently made and we made even more during the workshop:

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Urban Survival Seminar Series 2011

We are gearing up to do an Urban Survival Seminar series as soon as the weather gets a little cooler. Our first topic in September will be alternative cooking – what to do if you have no electriciy and no propane for your stove. We also plan to have seminars on topics such as gardening with raised beds, aquaponics, food preservation, butchering, cooking with a pressure cooker, water purification, utilizing the sun and much more. Stay tuned for more information.

All of the seminars will be geared toward methods of surviving and thriving if you have no source of heat, no stove, no electricity, no pure water, etc.

We’re also open to hearing your ideas for topics and may include them in our series. So let us know what you’d like to know.

Our seminars and workshops have various fees depending on what is being offered so check our individual listings to find out the details. We will also be requiring a non-refundable deposit to be discounted from the total. This is the only way for us to get an accurate count of how many will be attending. We will also require a minimum of 5 participants in each workshop so if you sign up for one that is cancelled or postponed due to lack of attendees, your deposit will be refunded.

Contact us soon to reserve your spot as space will be limited.


Or phone: 214 681-1306 or 903 583-6036

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Kids’ Birthday Party Venue

Cypress Lake Ranch, located about an hour northeast of the DFW metroplex, offers an ideal venue for your child’s next birthday party. We have a beautiful shaded area under the pecan trees with several picnic tables, lots of room to run and play and hand led pony rides. We can also provide a petting zoo with all of our farm and exotic animals.

Call us at 214 681-1306 for more information about our packages and prices.

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