Monthly Archives: October 2015

Exploring Elgin, Texas – Elgin Local Goods Market & Cafe

Catherine and I were visiting Elgin, Texas and strolled through a shop where we could see lots of local products. Many products were specialty items fresh and directly from farmers to the shop.    There were shelves full of preserved … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrop County Texas, Central Texas, Local Business, small business, Support Local Business | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Exploring Elgin, Texas – Elgin Local Goods Market & Cafe

Hidden Pines Fire Smithville, TX

Catherine, my daughter, and I were returning home on Hwy 71 Oct 14th, Wednesday, from Bastrop. Our home is on the border of the City of Bastrop and Smithville in the Alum Creek area. We noticed a very large plume … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrop County Texas, Central Texas, Smithville Texas, Texas, Wildfire | Tagged , , , | 6 Comments

Knock, Knock—Could it be Opportunity Knocking?

  Plans and actions are taking place all over the world to create farming and marketing opportunities with a plant that grows here in our fields and yards. Is our mystery sustainable crop right here under our feet? Is this … Continue reading

Posted in Bastrop County Texas, Biodiversity, Central Texas, Drought, Native plants, Prickly Pear Cactus, small business, Smithville Texas, Sustainable living, Texas | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Knock, Knock—Could it be Opportunity Knocking?

Texas Solar Society Tours

We got a real surprise. The Texas Solar Society asked The Purple Gate Farm to be one of the open house solar tour locations in Bastrop County. Because we are a very small farm, we were surprised to be asked … Continue reading

Posted in Aquaponics, Gardening in Texas, Rain Water collecting, small business, Smithville Texas, Solar systems, Sustainable living, Texas | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on Texas Solar Society Tours