Returning to rural has its ups and downs, read my story in Friday’s Dallas Morning News

Red sunflower at Lavender Ridge Farm, originally uploaded by espeedy123.

I wrote a piece that appears on the cover of this week’s DMN Home section about a family that left their corporate lives to return to their family’s land. They set up a lavender farm for people to visit and pick their own flowers. The story is about their experience and how their new lives have been more challenging than they thought, but also more rewarding.

Here are some links to finding more pick-your-own trails in Texas:

Pick your own: includes pumpkin patch and Christmas tree listings.
Go Texan: the marketing group for Texas grown produce and other farm products.

Sweet Berry Farms around Marble Falls TX looks like a good one to visit. Check out this maze!! It says 2003 on the photo but they have the same deal going now. Visit their site for details.

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And here’s an interesting maze in the Panhandle that is shaped like a West Texas A&M Buffalo:

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