Archive for May, 2010

This historic newspaper clipping shows a float*, built by Port Aransans to represent the town in various festivals, as it paraded through Port Aransas.


Port Aransas, Texas * July 8th – 11th, 2010

In July, 2010, the PAB will hold the 75th annual Deep Sea Roundup. The Deep Sea Roundup is the oldest fishing tournament on the Gulf Coast and has evolved from its roots as the Tarpon Rodeo, which exclusively was for offshore anglers, into an all-inclusive fishing contest.  The proceeds from the Deep Sea Roundup are the primary source of funds for the PAB’s scholarship fund.  Over 800 anglers are expected for this year’s event.

Where: Port Aransas, TX
When: July 8th – 11th, 2010
How: Sign up here asap http://www.deepsearoundup.com/

*The float was later entered in the San Antonio Battle of Flowers and the Buc Days parade. Mermaids on the float are Marie Ousley (Stiewig), Donna Mae Farley, Billy Jo Sims and Betty Lee Brown. Bathing Beauties are Harolene Lister, Iva Jean Hicks, Genevieve Curry, Charlotte Ann Bujan and Nona Moore.


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Birthday Party at Four String Farm

We recently had the pleasure of throwing a birthday party with great friends at the Four String Farm in Rockport, Texas. This gorgeous creation is run by Justin Butts and sells pastured pork, poultry, and eggs as well as fresh herbs and vegetables throughout the year. No hormones, steroids or antibiotics are ever given to the animals and no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used on their plants. Turkeys are available by pre-order for Thanksgiving (yay!).

Beginning in Fall 2010, Four String Farm will host a series of eco-tours and special events on the farm.  In addition to the commercial farming operation, they carefully maintain a protected ecosystem on the farm that allows native animal and plant species to thrive.  The  eco-tours will feature this vast array of plant and animal wildlife.  Birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, and visitors to the Gulf Coast will be able to view the bio-diversity at the farm.  Numerous educational and entertaining events, from cooking demonstrations in the farmhouse to classes on wildlife photography will be available.  Stay tuned!

How to Buy

* Look for Four String Farm at the Rockport/Fulton Farmer’s Market (Fulton Beach Road by Paws & Taws) on the first and third Saturday of month or at Rockport Market Days on the last Saturday of the month (by Rockport Beach and the Texas Maritime Museum).
* Call  361-688-3802 or e-mail justinbutts@clearwire.net.
* You can pick up retail orders from the farm by appointment only.
* Ask about customized volume discount orders.
* Visit www.fourstringfarm.com for more info.

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The Graff family in Hondo, Texas own a corn maize and cattle ranch. Their ranching heritage dates back to 1847 when Louis Graff  immigrated to Texas and was one of the original settlers in Castroville. 7A Ranch Heritage Beef cattle are free range and raised naturally without the use of synthetic growth hormones or antibiotics. Ken and Laurie Graff represent the 5th generation to live and work on the 7A Ranch.

From their website

Through the implementation of rotational grazing, our herd is always on fresh healthy grass, thereby producing a healthy animal. The cattle are never placed in a feedlot situation but are supplemented in the pasture environment. We personally grind and mix all of our cattle’s feed on our ranch. Whenever possible we use grain and forages produced on our farm so we can be assured of its quality. We use no herbicides or pesticides on our land. We feel a biologically diverse environment will take care of itself. Our fertilizers match the compounds naturally occurring in our soils. The use of fish emulsion and blackstrap molasses is the backbone of our nutrient applications. Crop rotations and the use of legumes greatly enhance the biodiversity of our croplands.

The South Texas MAiZE, a unique outdoor fall recreational event was established in 2001 to compliment the activities of the diverse farm and ranch and to share how agriculture plays an important role in our everyday lives.

Round trip transportation can be provided from San Antonio to their ranch and they will also ship their gorgeous beef anywhere in the continental US.

The Graff Family 7a Ranch and Corn Maize
545 Private Road 4420
Hondo, Texas 78861


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