Howdy neighbor! Welcome to Heritage Homestead Harvest, a wonderfully weird family of seven, farming on twenty acres in the "Big Country" (north central) portion of Texas. We abandoned suburban living just a couple of years ago and set out on an adventure of rural homesteading with the vision of learning the self-sustaining skills that were commonplace just a couple of generations back. It's not easy, for sure. But it has been a blast so far! Join us for this wild ride, won't you? There's never a dull moment. You're sure to be entertained by our mishaps, and you might even get some good food along the way. Diner and a show, how can you beat that?!
Believe it or not, even in this semi-arid part of Texas, nature provides an amazing abundance of wild edibles. Spring sprouts a plethora of wild plums and berries. Cobblers, jams and jellies filled with foraged fruits are just delightful. Summer brings mesquite beans. Yes I said mesquite beans! These amazingly versatile pods can be seeped into a honey-like jelly, roasted into a gourmet equivalent coffee, or ground into a gluten free flour. The food store potential from this "nuisance" plant are nearly endless - not to mention that it is a nitrogen fixing legume. Early fall blossoms cactus tunas (aka prickly pears) that make cool purple juice drinks, jolly jellies, intriguing vinegars, and unique wines.
Regenerative farming, pursuing permaculture techniques and ethics, we employ a diverse variety of ruminant and fowl livestock to strategically graze the land, working towards improved soil health with a dynamic ecology in hopes of growing the best food possible for our family and yours. We truly enjoy the niche each creature fills in the ecosystem and love to watch all them express their natural instincts as we guide their efforts to develop both our perennial and annual plant systems. That's a lot of fancy words to say, we manage were animals poop. But doing so tactically, makes for some succulent protein from animals who only have one bad day in their lives.