It’s been quite a wet week here at the ranch. After a week totaling 6”, we got another 4” overnight. Facebook reminds me that I was praying for rain just a few months back - It seems its either feast or famine. Back in the ‘30s meteorologist Isaac Cline got it right when he said: “Texas is a land of eternal drought interrupted occasionally by Biblical flood.” Well, seems the animals are lining up 2-by-2.
We have this one spot that is particularly susceptible where the overflow from our stock tank meets up with what was previously the creek bed. There is about a 10’ elevation change, and the water really rips through there. A few years ago, we had a similar downpour. The bank eroded back about 30ft leaving a cavernous scar. It made me sick in the stomach to see tons of soil being washed down stream. So after a disappointing discussion with the NRCS, I took it upon myself to Aggie engineer it. I brought in about 80 tons of soil, put in a culvert, lined the backside with cement bags, and topped the whole thing off with rock in a feeble effort to manage the forces of nature. I can still here her laughter echoing in my ears. Not sure where I’ll go next. I’m guessing that I’ll have to make the culvert larger, or perhaps redirect it entirely to make the transition wider and smoother. Maybe the NRCS will come to their senses and realize that their charter is to conserve soil?
This Week's Markets
Pfarmers Market returns for regular season with a new location
The Pflugerville Pfarmers Market is returning with pfresh produce, meat and homemade goods, starting May 11 on every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. through October 26. Due to construction on Old Austin Hutto Road, the market will be located at Pflugerville First United Methodist Church (500 E. Pecan Street) throughout the regular market. Just enter through the main entrance, and we will be set up in the back parking lot. Remember, when you shop at the Pfarmers Market, you are supporting local farms and small businesses!
The Elgin Farmers Market is a year-round market that will remain open every Thursday. Pre-orders are encouraged.
Sip, Shop & Stroll returns to Elgin TX this Thursday! Stroll through the farmers' market packed with local produce, pasture raised meats, products and crafts. Then sip a little wine and shop as you stroll through the stores in Historic Downtown. You will find diverse merchandise, eclectic décor, artwork by local artists, delicious food and fun friendly people!
The Taylor Farmers Market is a year-round market that will is open every Saturday. Pre-orders are encouraged. Live music most Saturday's from 11 -1.
NEW AT THE MARKET!
Black Diamond Authority is offering classes every Saturday ranging from painting to ceramics to comic book illustration and shoe art.