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Get on the Bus Farm Tour
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 • Posted October 27, 2009

On Saturday November 7 at 9:15am, the Blanco Verde Farm Tour takes off from the Old Blanco County Courthouse in Blanco.

Blanco Verde, a non-profit that promotes sustainability in the Blanco River area, invites you to be on board for this day-long adventure of three local farms around Wimberley and Johnson City.

With tour leaders Marcia Lucas and Charlie Tesar, we’ll load into vans and be off to our first stop, Montesino Ranch.

Nestled in a beautiful valley along the Blanco River near Wimberley, this organic farm produces fruits and vegetables, raises miniature Herefords, and offers a program called Community Sustainable Agriculture that allows the farmer to deliver weekly fresh produce to people who purchase a seasonal subscription.

Next, we’re off to Bella Vista Ranch. Also near Wimberley, Bella Vista reflects a traditional Italian family farm.

The ranch is home to over 100 producing olive trees, seasonal fruits and vegetables, a franoio (olive press), a winery, tasting room, and gift shop.

Along with a tour and tastings, we’ll enjoy a delicious lunch in their beautiful orchard.

The tour ends at Texas Hills Vineyard near Johnson City. The rolling hills and soil here remind you of the Tuscan countryside.

Owners Gary and Kathy Gilstrap will guide us through their vineyard where they produce award winning wine of mostly Italian origin, including their famous Kick Butt Cab. All grapes used in their wines are Texas Grown!

We’ll return late afternoon, entertained and educated. The $85 cost includes transportation, tours, tastings, and lunch.

The new friendships you make are yours free to take home. Seating is limited, so please make your reservation by November 1.

Call Maggie at 830-833-0245 or email info@blancoverde.org. Join us for this fabulous, fall fun!

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