Fun Farms in and Around Austin

 Wednesday, October 10, 2012



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Pioneer Farms
Farms in Austin? You bet! Whether you're looking to purchase the season's freshest produce, let the little ones pet some animals, or cut down your own Christmas tree, there's hopefully a farm on this list for you.

As always, check the venue's website for business hours and admission prices if applicable, as they may change. Did we miss one of your favorite farms? Let us know!


Sweet Berry Farm
Produce Farms
  • Springdale Farm -- Located just 3 miles east of the Capitol, the family operated urban farm grows over 75 seasonal vegetable varieties that are served at many local restaurants. Visit their popular public farm stand every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., and check out their website to see what they are growing at any given time. (755 Springdale Rd)
  • Boggy Creek Farm -- Another east Austin urban farm, Boggy Creek Farm also opens to the public every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a farm stand market, with most of the produce picked fresh that very morning. Other items such as cheeses, goat milk ice cream, and free range bison meat are also available. On Market Days visitors are free to wander the gardens and the hen house. Cash and check only. (3414 Lyons Rd)
  • Rain Lily Farm -- Home of the Present Company Theater's Shakespeare on the Farm, Rain Lily Farm also offers organic veggies, farm fresh eggs, and fresh goats milk, all delivered to your door with their farmhouse delivery service, a monthly service that delivers a mixed bushel of the season's best local produce. (914 Shady Ln)
  • Urban Roots -- Providing paid internships to Austin youth aged 14-17, Urban Roots uses sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase the access to healthy food in Austin. The farm is not open to the public, but does offer field trips, educational tours led by farm internsevents, and opportunities to volunteer. (7651 Delwau Lane)
  • Sweet Berry Farm -- This popular farm in Marble Falls allows visitors to pick their own berries in the spring and enjoy a pumpkin patch and fall themed activities in the fall. Admission and parking are free. In the spring, visitors pay for what they harvest. In the fall, visitors pay for the activities they wish to participate in or the pumpkins they choose. Cash and checks only. The farm is closed on Wednesdays. Group field trips are also available. Visit their website for more information and for business hours. (1801 FM 1890, Marble Falls)
  • Green Gate Farms -- This certified organic farm sits on a restored historical farm site and offers consulting and farm camps, along with operating a farm stand on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (make sure to check the website for current hours). Farm tours are available every Saturday at noon, and school/corporate field trips are also available. For more information, visit their website. (8310 Canoga Ave)
  • HausBar Farms -- Owned by Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann, HausBar Farms is a sustainable urban farm in East Austin that grows vegetables, offers day camps and hosts gardening workshops. The farm is home to two donkeys, a hundred chickens, dozens of rabbits, some geese, a few ducks, three pet birds, two humans, and lots of fresh air and sunshine. (3300 Govalle Ave)
Crowe's Nest Farm
Animal Farms
  • Crowe's Nest Farm Animal Life Center -- This 100 acre working farm in Manor offers group tours, parties, and camp events. Crowe's Nest Farm strives to cultivate a conservation ethic in students, teachers, and the general public through hands-on interaction with the wildlife and habitats. Admission is $6 for the current tours, which are available by appointment only. (10300 Taylor Lane, Manor)
  • Hope Tree Farm -- A private residence in Round Rock, Hope Tree Farm offers a small petting zoo, home school field trips, and birthday parties. All visits should be pre-arranged with the owner, and a $5 donation per family is requested for general visits. Birthday parties and field trips may vary. Contact Hope Tree Farm at 512-591-6989, email abetterlife08@yahoo.com, or contact them on Facebook.
  • Good Earth Petting Farm -- $4 a person includes a cup of feed or carrots for the animals. Snacks and drinks are available from their store, or feel free to bring your own. Open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed for lunch from 12:30 - 2 p.m., and closed Saturday and Sunday. These times are subject to change without notice, so please give the store a call before heading over there. 512-259-4122. (10820 E Crystal Falls Parkway, Leander)
Elgin Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Tree Farms (with other fun stuff too!)
Pioneer Farms
Entertainment Farms
  • Pioneer Farms -- This living history farm gives visitors a chance to experience life in an 1841 Tonkawa Encampment, an 1868 German Immigrant Farm, an 1873 Texian Farm, an 1887 Cotton Planter's Farm and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village. In each area you can see and smell Texas history first-hand. Explore more than 90 beautiful, wooded acres and discover exciting, memorable ways to experience Texas' past with your family. Visit their website for general admission information. School field trips and classes are also available. (10621 Pioneer Farms Dr)
  • Barton Hills Farms -- Barton Hill Farms is a small farm and event venue set amongst hundred-year-old cottonwoods on the banks of the Colorado River between Bastrop and Austin. At their Fall Festival & Corn Maze, visitors can enjoy live music, a pumpkin patch, frontier fort, and more. Admission to the festival is $7 for ages 3-12 and $10 for ages 13 and up. Check their calendar for more events coming up at this relatively new venue. (1115 FM 969, Bastrop)

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