Montgomery’s Sunshine Farm: A Couple’s Labor of Love

Sunshine Farm logoWant to know how a modern farm can operate? Then check out Sunshine Farm at 5800 Jackson Road the next time you’re in Montgomery. The farm is just a few miles from Lake Conroe KOA.

On the 12 acres Jim and Lisa Jenkins bought about 13 years ago sits their home and what they call a labor of love.

The Courier of Montgomery County reports that the couple owns and operates Sunshine Farm, which features goats, chickens, donkeys, plants and a lot of soap.

Jim, a retired Houston police officer, grew up in the city but has been raising animals for more than 20 years. He helped with his grandparent’s farm and said he always wanted to return to the farming lifestyle.

After the two were married, Lisa quit selling insurance and started building a garden.

Although the farm is not certified organic, the family sells only organic foods and “clean” or natural products such as lotions, fragrances and mosquito repellant.

Beginning in March, on the first Saturday of each month, the farm hosts Farm Days, where the family teaches free workshops about how to grow plants, cleaning your home with natural products and how to raise animals such as chickens.

“The goal of our products is to help people clean up what they put on the outside,” Lisa said. “And what they put on the inside.”

The next Farm Day is May 3. The focal topic will be “Harvesting Techniques and Cooking in the Garden.”

Sunshine Farm is now offering wholesale prices to those with the proper tax ID information.

Farm hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Sunday by appointment only; closed Monday.

For more information visit http://www.goodcleanlivin.com. Call Lisa at (936) 648-6145 or Jim at (832) 443-5667 or e-mail jenkinssunshinefarm@yahoo.com or sunshinefarm@consolidated.net.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from Sunshine Farm so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying this unique operation.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

 

KOA Care Camps ‘Big Weekend’ May 9-10

Care Camps logoIf you could make a difference in the life of a child with cancer, would you? Would you look for a way to bring them hope and help them heal? Would you find ways where they could feel “normal” again?

At KOA Care Camps, KOA says “yes.” And more importantly, it is doing something about it. Having cancer shouldn’t mean giving up the joys of childhood. That’s why the KOA Campground Owners Association created the Care Camps Trust – to help children who have cancer enjoy carefree time focusing on fun, friends and activities instead of on their illness.

Campers can help out on this project during Care Camps “Big Weekend” May 9-10. Stay as a paying guest Friday, May 9, at Lake Conroe KOA and get Saturday, May 10, for free.

During Care Camps Big Weekend, participating KOAs will offer campers the ability to donate to KOA Care Camps through several special, fun events and activities – or feel free to drop your donation directly into one of the handy collection stations you’ll see in the KOA Camp Stores.

Now in its 11th year, the program has raised more than $5 million to help send children with cancer to KOA Care Camps across North America. These 56 specialized, medically equipped facilities offer a true summer camp experience to children undergoing treatment or recovering from cancer. The KOA Care Camps Trust distributes $500,000 annually to these camps to help send children to the summer camps of their dreams.

KOA’s mission is to allow these amazing children to enjoy the joy, healing and freedom that come from attending specialized summer camps where they can just be themselves. Surrounded by other kids just like them, they swim, go on hikes, sing songs and create memories that help get them through the tough times. They heal physically and emotionally, and hope flourishes.

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To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

 

 

Kidzfest in Downtown Conroe is April 26

Kidzfest logoThe city of Conroe will again sponsor Kidzfest, a free celebration for children of all ages with a day of artistic and cultural entertainment and activities at various downtown venues.

This year’s Kidzfest will be on Saturday, April 24.

The festivities include an Activities Village, inflatables, game booths, water activities, a climbing wall, entertainment and vendor booths.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. and concludes with a Movie in the Park, “Planes,” beginning at 8 p.m.

For more information visit

www.cityofconroe.org/Parks-and-Recreation/special-events/KidzFest.html.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from downtown Conroe so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying Kidzfest.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

Montgomery County fair Begins Friday, April 4, in Conroe, Texas

John Slaughter

John Slaughter, April 5 headliner at Montgomery Fair.

The Montgomery County Fair Association is hosting the 57th Annual Montgomery County Fair starting Friday (April 4).

This 10-day special event held in Conroe is a platform for local youth to be able to display their projects in a public setting, while having fun! You’re invited to enjoy live shows, games, educational exhibits, a rodeo and so much more!

The schedule is:

• Friday, April 4 – CPRA Rodeo, Special Education Show, Youth Rodeo Events, with Jason Boland & The Stragglers to perform.

• Saturday, April 5 – Ag Mechanics Contest, CPRA Rodeo, Fair Queen Contest, Junior Handicraft, Junior Homemaking Show, Junior Horticulture Show, Junior Needlecraft, Junior Photography Show, Youth Rodeo Events, Market Rabbits, Briolers, Turkey Show with John Slaughter to perform.

• Sunday, April 6 – Adult Shows, Scramble Heifers, Breeding Beef, Ranch Rodeo, Market Lambs.steer(4)

• Monday, April 7 – Junior Non-Livestock Auction, Kids Day, Yearling Geldings & Fillies, Market Barrows.

• Tuesday, April 8 – Kids Day, Senior Citizens Day, Market Goats, Market Steers, Pet Parade.

• Wednesday, April 9 – Junior Livestock Auction, Livestock Judging.

• Thursday, April 10 – Replacement Heifer Sale, Replacement Heifers.

• Friday, April 11 – Bud Light BBQ Cook Off.

• Saturday, April 12 – Bud Light BBQ Cook Off.

• Sunday, April 13 – Bud Light El Die de la Familia Hispana.

Crabtree Amusements will provide the carnival rides. There will be commercial exhibits and the Country Store for you to find great buys and unique items.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located a short drive from the site of the county fair so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying this event.To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

Lake Conroe KOA Located on Texas Forest Trail

Conroe is located along the Texas Forest Trail.

Lake Conroe and the Lake Conroe KOA (shown on the bottom left corner of this map) are located along the Texas Forest Trail, a popular tourist byway in East Texas.

New England doesn’t have a corner on “leaf peepers.” The country roads of East Texas are lined with cars in both spring and fall to catch the breathtaking beauty of the trees.

Many visitors are surprised that this area has an even greater variety of tree species than New England. The best viewing for spring foliage is from mid-March to early April when the woods are blooming with dogwood, redbud and vast arrays of wild flowers.

Conroe is located on the southwestern-most part the Texas Historical Commission’s Texas Forest Trail. The scenic trail passes through Conroe and loops around and through the Sam Houston National Forest.

Background

The Texas Forest Trail Region consists of 35 counties in East Texas from Red River County in the north to Jefferson County in the south. Watch for the blue and white Texas Forest Trail signs marking the region. This scenic driving trail offers hundreds of sites for travelers interested in cultural and heritage tourism.

Visit http://www.thc.state.tx.us/public/upload/publications/forest.pdf to learn more about the trail.

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Lake Conroe KOA is located along the Texas Forest Trail so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying the spring beauty. To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

Travel the Spring Bluebonnet Wine & Cheese Trail

wine_cheese_trailThe Spring Bluebonnet Wine & Cheese Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of native Texas wildflowers and enjoy the blooming viticulture at some of Texas’ best wineries.

On March 29-30, April 5-6 and April 12-13, the seven wineries along the trail will offer ticket holders a select pairing of two wines and a specially crafted cheese dish. When you arrive at your first winery, you will receive a 12-oz. commemorative wine glass to use and keep for all of your tastings along with a special bluebonnet wine bag. As an added bonus, each ticket holder will receive a packet of Texas Wildflower seeds at each winery while supplies last.

In addition, visit all seven member wineries and each ticket holder will receive a commemorative Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail two-stage professional wine opener.Bluebonnet Wine Trail map

The seven wineries are Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville; Cork This! Winery, Montgomery; Messina Hof Winery, Bryan; Peach Creek Vineyards, College Station; Pleasant Hill Winery, Brenham; Saddlehorn Winery, Burton; and Windy Winery, Brenham.

All seven are in close proximity to Lake Conroe KOA.

Your trail tickets are good on March 29-30, April 5-6 or April 12-13, 2014, regardless of when you purchase them.

The official hours for this event are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday for each trail weekend. All wineries are open during the official trail hours. You have six days over three weekends to visit all seven wineries. Several wineries open earlier or close later than the official hours, so please check the Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail website for specific winery hours. The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail wineries remind you to drink responsibly and designate a driver.

Visit http://www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com for all the details.

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Lake Conroe KOA so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying the Spring Bluebonnet Wine & Cheese Trail. To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.

 

Fandango Tejas Coming to the Lone Star Expo Center

Fandango logoThe Lone Star Expo Center in Conroe will host the Fandango Tejas 2014 March 14-16. The 3-day event will bring together Paso Fino horses and their owners from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and portions of Louisiana for competition and a show.

About the Paso Fino Breed

True to their name, Paso Finos are the horse with the fine step. The breed’s Spanish heritage can be seen in their proud attitude, style and elegance. Paso Fino horses are known for being calm at hand, but full of energy, drive and stamina under saddle. Their gait is unique, quick, extremely smooth and totally natural.

The Fandango Tejas is sponsored by the Southwestern Paso Fino Horse Association. The SWPFHA provides many avenues for its members and friends to enjoy their Paso Fino horses, including the annual Fandango Tejas show. In addition, the region hosts horsemanship clinics, Fun Shows, trail rides, breed demonstrations, and competitive trail and jumping clinics. Members also enjoy team penning, roping, barrel racing, pole-bending, endurance riding, and soccer on horseback.

Members ride their horses in various parades throughout the region, such as the holiday parade and stock show parade near Houston. The SWPFHA’s all-Paso Fino youth drill team, FINISIMO, has garnered many national championships over the past few years. In addition, SWPFHA has traditionally supported Paso Fino marketing efforts at venues like the Houston and San Antonio livestock shows.

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The Lone Star Expo Center is a short drive from Lake Conroe KOA so plan to stay at our campground while enjoying the event. To book your next stay at Lake Conroe KOA, call (800) 562-9750 or call (936) 582-1200 for more information. Visit our website at http://koa.com/campgrounds/lake-conroe/.