Plano TX: Heritage Farmstead Museum reopens to public; reserve small group, personalized tours

Heritage Farmstead Museum will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 2 after months of being closed because of COVID-19. Small group tours will be offered in two formats, which will allow guests to visit the grounds and experience all the farm has to offer while still ensuring the health and safety of all.

Photos courtesy of Heritage Farmstead Museum in Plano Texas

“We are eager to welcome guests back to the farm,” said Heritage
Farmstead Museum Executive Director M’Lou Hyttinen.
“Our team has worked hard to offer creative and new ways for guests to explore the farm in a safe and comfortable way.  We look forward to seeing you soon!”

The farm will offer limited capacity general grounds admission for $5
per guest on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purchasing
tickets in advance is suggested, but walk-up tickets are also available.
Guests may tour the grounds, feed the farm’s free-roaming chickens,
learn from educational displays posted around the property and explore
the exterior of the buildings on the property.  A house tour is not
included in this admission option.

Guests are encouraged to bring a book or picnic and linger to enjoy the farm’s idyllic four-acre site.

In addition, the farm will offer limited capacity personalized tours of
the farm’s Ammie Wilson House and Young House on Fridays at 10 a.m.,
10:45 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. for $10 per guest.  Tours last about 75
minutes and also include the general grounds admission features listed
above. Farmstead house tours are self-guided and begin in the Ammie
Wilson House. This grand house is the center of the farmstead and
exemplifies life on the Blackland Prairie in the early 1900s.

The current exhibit celebrates the 1920’s and all of the fashion, glamour
and glitz of the era. Guests will also tour the Young House, which was
built in 1880. It features a new exhibit depicting an early rural Texas
home, pre-electricity and plumbing. This visit option concludes with a
hay ride through the farm, allowing guests to observe the beautiful
gardens, various animals, working blacksmith shop and other features of
the property.

Since the museum abruptly closed in March, 10 new lambs have been added to the farm’s livestock. A new pig has also joined the friendly animal
menagerie.  The farm’s chickens are also now free roaming on the
property during tours, allowing all guests to feed the feathered flock.

Photos courtesy of Heritage Farmstead Museum on 15th Street block east of Custer Road

Masks are required inside all buildings at the Heritage Farmstead
Museum, as well as in other spaces when interacting with people outside
of the guest’s immediate family.

To purchase tickets for either tour option, please visit
www.heritagefarmstead.org. Call 972-881-0140 with questions.:

Amy Sandling Crawford

Photos courtesy Heritage Farmstead Museum

2019 Steak 101 classes starting up at Local Yocal Farm to Market in #McKinneyTX #steak101mckinney

The first Steak 101 classes of the year have officially been posted. Your crash course in everything beef begins at 10 a.m., April 6, at Local Yocal Farm to Market, located at 213 N. Tennessee Street in Historic Downtown McKinney.
From novice beefeaters to grill kings, Steak 101 courses provide a wealth of knowledge including, “clean” meat raising and finishing practices, choosing the perfect steak to feed your crew and fresh samples of roughly 18 different steaks, burgers, and sausages.
New this year: Pit Master Pass!
For an additional charge, two people per Steak 101 class will learn from the Pit Master all the secrets to grilling perfect steaks! You will work side by side and learn tips from seasoning to grilling to slicing.

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