Farm store CLOSED UNTIL SPRING
We want to say thank you to all of our loyal customers as we come upon this holiday season.
We have had lots of messages, calls, and emails asking about Christmas at The Farm.......
We had to make that difficult decision several months ago during the summer. We made a huge investment to more than double our Christmas light display this past offseason. Completing the display for 2020 would have required an additional tens of thousands of dollars, and thousands of hours of labor. Our concern was not knowing what the State and Local government leaders would decide to do. If we invest all of this money into Christmas at the Farm and the Local government shuts us down, then it would be devastating for the future of our farm. We are just a small family farm that is completely privately owned and privately funded by us. We receive zero tax dollars and zero tax breaks to put on our Christmas at the Farm event for the Big Country to enjoy.
Many of our customers already know that some of our Local government leaders attempted to shut us down in April, so what is to stop them from trying it again in December? So, it is with great sadness that we announce Christmas at the Farm will not take place in 2020. Saddest of all is the loss of 40+ local jobs during this Christmas season.
We know of non-profit and private/non-profit partnership Christmas events that plan to continue to open as normal, but they have no risk involved as they are funded with our tax dollars, use volunteer workers, and take advantage of tax free benefits. They also have support from local government officials who will certainly try to let them remain open. It is simply too large of a risk for our family owned business to take this year.
However, we will be coming back stronger and bigger than ever next Christmas season as we complete these one-of-a-kind, custom built light projects we have started. We guarantee you will love our 2021 plans for Christmas at The Farm!
We were blessed with a great fall season and were glad we got to share the fall festivities at the farm with most of you! We are proud of our positive economic impact on The Big Country and sad that Local and State politics can have such a negative impact on any privately owned small business. Unfortunately, that is the case this year, and again, a risk our family can not afford to take.
You don’t have to wait an entire year to come see us again though as we will still be opening up in the Spring as normal for pick your own strawberries and Easter weekend festivities. Farm fresh air and good produce is something to look forward to for spring 2021.
God bless your families and we hope you all stay safe this holiday season....... we cannot wait for 2021 to get here!
FARM TOURS BOOKED FOR FALL 2020
To abide by CDC recommendations for 6' space distancing between customers, we must limit the number of customers in the outdoor fenced area to no more than 48,400 people at any time. Obviously, there is no way we would ever reach that number of customers at one time, but we just want all of our customers and the public to know that we do have plenty of room for you to come and get your essential food items while remaining in a comfortable spacious environment at all times.
Farmers and ranchers are now on the front lines when it comes to fighting the impact of COVID-19, thanks to a decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
The agency is recognizing thousands of jobs in agriculture and related fields as “essential critical infrastructure workers.”
"Everyone from the people who supply the inputs to the farmers and producers who grow the food and care for animals are essential”
Washington post- Food is an essential, so even with calls for “social distancing” because of the coronavirus pandemic, no one is suggesting that we stop shopping for groceries.
We are here for our community, just the same as always, to provide farm fresh produce, meats, and other products that our community can be assured are good for you and as fresh as you can get..... straight from our fields to your table. We ask that you remember that we have been here, serving our community since 2007, through the good and the bad, the droughts and the floods, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. We wish we could grow produce year round, but unfortunately, here in West Texas, it must be a seasonal harvest.
Open April 10th- August 2nd, September 25th- November 1st, and November 27th- December 31st.