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Texas Olive Ranch Harvest & Gold Crush

Open to Visitors Sept. 14-15


Texas Olive Ranch will be open for visitors to observe the largest olive harvest in Texas history on September 14-15, 2010 from 9 am to 2pm. The 2010 Gold Crush Texas Olive Harvest is expected to be the most abundant in Texas olive agriculture history. During visitors hours, mechanical harvesting and the complete process of pressing extra virgin olive oil will be open for view: harvester operation, weighing fruit bins, filling the mill hopper, and milling the new oil, or ‘Oliva Nueva,’ the Tex-ified version of the Italian “Olio Nuovo.” We will be sampling remarkably spicy, flavorful Oliva Nueva as it is produced. Hats and boots are recommended. Texas Olive Ranch is between Asherton, Texas and Carrizo Springs, Texas on CR 1557, about two hours southwest of San Antonio by car. Overnight visitors are encouraged to make reservations for accommodations early as space is limited.

On Tuesday, September 14, the USDA and Texas Olive Oil Council are sponsoring Olive Oil Field Day, a seminar to provide information about olive agriculture in Texas (agenda). Todd Staples, Texas Agriculture Commissioner, will be speaking at noon. After the seminar, there will be a soapmaking demonstration by Kathy White, KatNip Natural Bath & Body, Clear Lake. Orchard and presshouse tours will be ongoing during the day both days.

During the harvest event, PBS will be filming a documentary about the Texas olive industry. Texas Olive Trails follows the emergence of olive agriculture in the historically innovative agricultural Winter Garden region of the Middle Rio Grande in South Texas, along with the challenges of weather, water availability, rocks, varmints and more.

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The community of Hallettsville has a proud history rooted in the immigrants from Germany and Czechoslovakia that began settling there in the mid 1800s. Kolache Fest is a tribute and celebration of this rich heritage. A “kolache” is a Czech pastry with a fruit filling. If you’ve never had one, they’re perfect served warm and enjoyed with a hot cup of coffee, and they abound in shops and bakeries throughout this region of Texas. Some of the older residents will delight you with stories about how nothing tasted as good as the kolaches their grandmothers would make. Hot from the oven and melt-in-your mouth delicious! It’s only fitting that this Czech festival be named after this beloved treat.

Held the last Saturday of September at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Kolache Fest has something for everyone! From the Kolache Bake-Off and Eating Contests to the arts and crafts booths to the classic car show featuring cars from all over the area.

The night is finished off with the Kolache Fest dance featuring bands that are local and regional favorites. If kolaches with poppyseed and blueberry fillingyou’re looking for an opportunity to discover what Texas heritage is all about, come to Kolache Fest and learn the wonderful Czech philosophy. Dance to the polka, and sing the songs of the musician. Taste the true ethnic food and lend your soul to the fulfillment of the Czech cultural heritage.

Kolache Fest
Knights of Columbus Hall
321 US Highway 77 S
Hallettsville, Texas 77964
(361) 798-2311
www.kchall.com

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Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Chaloupka Farm consists of three generations of dairy farming in Lavaca County, dating back to 1947 when Ernest and Marcella Chaloupka began milking just three Jersey cows. They currently milk Jerseys, Holstein/Jersey crosses, and Holsteins, and are in the process of moving to a full Jersey herd.

Chaloupka Farm cows are fed a ration that includes home-grown feedstuffs such as hay, silage, greenchop—all that are fertilized with natural products.  The fresh raw milk they offer comes straight from a group of pure-bred Jerseys cows that are separate from the rest of the herd. Their milk is tested often by the Texas Department of State Health Services to ensure the highest quality of milk and contains no hormones or antibiotics.

The farm also runs a Farmers Market selling fresh garden produce, dairy products, jams and jellies, plants and more. You can pick up milk anytime – just call ahead to make sure someone will be here.

Corn Maze at Chaloupka Farm

Be sure to check out their  Rocky Creek Maze – 7 acres of corn with carved pathways creating a giant puzzle. They’ll show you the way in, and you find the way out!  Gates open on late September and close late November. Here’s a MAP .

Chaloupka Farm
Selling on Fridays from 5-8pm
784 County Road 251
Moulton, TX 77975

Please call for additional information:
361-596-7292 [or] 361-798-6131

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The Annual Lonesome Dove Fest is a family-oriented event focusing on hunting and outdoor activities.  Youth Day offers several hundred area high school students mini-seminars in firearm safety, resource and wildlife management and general outdoor activities.

At past events, Friday and Saturday’s activities have included a parade, a competitive Sporting Clays Team Shoot,  Cook-Off and musical entertainment. Shooting events have traditionally included a Celebrity Shoot and open shooting at the Five Stand Sporting Clays and Single Clay Throwers.  Refreshments include a wide variety of different foods, as well as ice cold drinks for adults and kids.  Great live auction and raffle drawing Sat evening.

Lonesome Dove Festival :: September 17-18, 2010

http://www.lonesomedovefest.com/

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