We went on another adventure today with our brother and sister-in-law to Heritage Homestead, just a little north of Waco, TX.
We had heard from some friends that we needed to go there. I have lived in Texas off and on for years and had never heard of this little community that is tucked back away off the interstate 35. There are about 1000 folks that live there. Each family home schools their children and they grow their own food for the entire community. There is a pottery shop, a blacksmith, general store, diary and a gristmill, where I bought some freshly ground flour, just ground for baking. No preservatives, nothing has been taken out or refined.
We dined at their restaurant, Café Homestead. All I can tell you is that all 4 our us agreed that the food was some of the best food we have had in quite some time. The foods there are grown without any pesticides. The ice cream is made with organic milk. Randy and Don had the chocolate and said it was really good. We also had raspberry cream cheese pie that was made with the whipping cream and the cream cheese is made right there on site. The crust was made from just crushed pecans and butter. AMAZING!!!
If you are looking for a day trip anywhere around Dallas, GO! We were able to watch a 14 min video about the community. We talked with several of the ladies and young men that were there and was fascinated about how they live in todays world, teaching their youth the importance of integrity, purpose and hard work. We watched as a young boy probably no more than 10 wiped down the tables in the restaurant with a smile on his face, then set it for a family of 4. It was just so great to see these young kids doing something besides play video games. They actually conversed with visitors and seemed to enjoy the interaction of people visiting their community.
So take a Saturday and head down Interstate 35. You will be transported to a much simpler way of life and some of the best food around. We plan on going back down to one of their monthly dinners. Here is a sample menu of what they served in February. Each month is a different theme and the dinners are $48 per person. Here is the Feb menu:
Berry Peach Tea
Blooming Onion with Dipping Sauce
Texas Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
Grilled Rib Eye Steak with Fresh Herb and Gorgonzola Butter
Slow Roasted Glazed Carrots
Twice Baked Potatoes
Fresh Baked Rolls with Butter
Peach Fried Pies with Homestead Vanilla Ice Cream
We brought home some Homestead Fresh Baked Bread and the best Almond Cherry Scones you have ever put in your month. It was a lovely day, full of great food and laughter. Thanks Don and Janece for taking us.