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    We’re welcoming traveling pop-up dinner Outstanding in the Field to Vista on their 2019 Winter Tour on Feb. 12 for a very special pairing dinner. We’ve been following them for years and share their vision of creating “An adventure, a destination, an experience.”

    We’re proud to host one of their beautiful dinners here in Driftwood, with Chef Stiver using fresh produce grown by our own Farmer Travis in our onsite 1-acre farm. From the reception through the four course dinner, we’ll be pairing the dishes with a range of special Vista brews by Brewmaster Josh.

    Outstanding in the Field was founded in 1999 by artist and chef Jim Denevan as the world’s first pop-up restaurant – in a farm field. Rather than source ingredients and bring them to the restaurant, they created a restaurant at the source. OITF has become known for creating one long dining table, set in beautiful locations. The farmer’s story is recognized and celebrated with a tour of the farm, as well as during each course of the meal.

    OITF has visited all 50 states in the U.S. and 15 countries around the globe. Hundreds of the world’s most honored chefs have cooked in their field kitchen.

    Visit http://www.outstandinginthefield.com/winter-tour-10 for details.

      Come enjoy a delicious farm-to-table dinner at our luxury Solar Tiny House, featured on national television.
      Perched on a hillside with a spectacular view of our River Farm, we invite you to come celebrate this space and our vision for our farm, which includes:
      Increasing our farm-based education programming for children, adults and families (see www.newfarminstitute.org for more information),
      Launching our agritourism initiatives — from primitive camping to guided canoe expeditions to weekends in the Solar Tiny House, and
      Building an Education and Retreat Center to teach sustainable organic farming techniques, cooking and more
      This fundraising dinner will feature a farm tour of our flower and vegetable fields, a walk through the Food Forest, a screening of the TV episode that created Tiny House, a silent auction, and a chance to win a free, luxurious weekend at the farm.
      Details:
      Saturday, May 12
      5:00pm-9:00pm
      $100/person for farm-to-fork dinner (tax deductible)
      Green Gate Farms’ River Farm, 156 Howard Lane, Bastrop. This 33-acre certified organic farm, just 25 minutes east of downtown Austin (and 8 miles west of Bastrop) along the Colorado River.
      Food and Drinks
      Farm-to-table dinner from Escoffier School of Culinary Arts (vegetarian option available)
      Desserts from Hannah Bakery
      Drinks from Copper Shot Distillery and JuiceLand
      Live Music from Brooke and Dawn

      Have a hankering for farm life? Load the kids into the car and head east from Austin to La Grange. In a little over an hour, you’ll arrive at The Jersey Barnyard, a 4th generation family-owned farm that lets you and your kids bottle feed baby cows! Did that get your attention? Seriously…. you get to feed cute little baby cows milk from a bottle!

      The Jersey Barnyard is a real working dairy farm set on over 700 acres just outside of La Grange, Texas. Families are invited to explore the farm, visit and feed the animals, learn a little about agriculture, and shop for farm fresh eggs, raw milk and more in the farm store.

      In addition to feeding baby cows, there are other animal to visit with including:

      • Goats
      • Chickens
      • Rabbits
      • Ducks
      • Pigs
      • Donkeys
      • Mini Horses
      • Sheep

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      Tour Options:     

      Guided Tours for families or groups are available Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.; Sunday at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.

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      The 1½ – 2 hour tour includes:

      • Feeding and petting the barnyard animals (feed is included)
      • Tractor drawn hayride to the dairy to see the Jersey herd… where they live, what they eat, and where they’re milked.
      • Hand milk a cow
      • For an extra $2, bottle feed a Jersey calf milk

      Cost: Adults, $8.00 per person; Children – $6.50 per person (2-12 years ); Children UNDER 2 years old are always admitted free of charge.

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      Self Guided Tours are just $3.00 per person. You’ll receive an information packet to show you around the farm.  Cups of feed are $1.00 per cup for goats, chickens, ducks or rabbits. Calf Bottle is $2.00.

      Self Guided tour times are during store hours.

      Speaking of the store, if you plan to buy milk or eggs, be sure to bring a cooler to keep the items cool on your drive home. There are drinks and ice cream for sale in the store, as well as many cute trinkets to browse.

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      What: The Jersey Barnyard

      Where: 3117 State Hwy. 159, La Grange

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      Reservations can be made for large groups but are not necessary for family visits.

      Tip: Since you’re in the area, plan to visit Rohan Meadery, another family-owned farm producing Rohan Meads, Blue Mule Wines & Blissful Folly Hard ciders & fruit wines. There’s a tasting room (5 tastes for $5), plenty of space for a picnic, a playset for the kids, lots of room to roam, and self-guided tours through the Bee Garden. You’ll also find eggs, honey and other merchandise for sale.

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      About the author: Catherine Prystup, founder of LiveMom.com, is mom to three kids ranging in age from 17 to 4 years old. She enjoys exploring the city and helping to spread the word about the vast amount of family-friendly events and businesses in the greater Austin area.