Last Saturday was a berry-delicious day at Samantha and Don Rebstock’s Rhineland Farm south of Glen Rose on County Road 411.
Children and adults picked bucketfuls of ripe blackberries. Visitors wove between rows of blooming lavender, snipping stalks of the fragrant herb as butterflies flitted about.
On the front porch, Daniel New took pieces of freshly shorn sheep’s wool and used a carding wheel to turn it into soft hanks of untangled wool ready for spinning.
A few paces away, Deleighe Cornwall sat a spinning wheel, transforming black alpaca wool into yarn. She and her mother, Diana Strub, had spun a basketful of colorful, marled yarn ready to be knitted or crocheted.
A baby nubian goat with long ears baaa-ed and got lots of petting through the fence. Vendors sold homegrown vegetables, homemade loaves of bread and fried pies on request. The farm store offered homemade soaps, chocolate truffles, earrings made from vintage buttons and fresh goat cheese that sold out fast.
A dulcimer soundtrack added to the serene mood. Later in the day, Brent Hoodenpyle entertained visitors.
Samantha Rebstock estimated that about 200 people visited the 25-acre farm on Saturday. It was only the second time that the farm has staged a “market day” and it plans to do some more, she said.
“It was amazing,” Rebstock said of the family-oriented crowd that showed up. “We wanted to limit it to growers, bakers, chefs and artisan crafts. We didn't want a flea market or things that were mass-produced. We wanted it to be more of a farm market.”
Two more farm market days are scheduled at the farm this month – one on June 12 and on June 26 – and will continue in July depending on the weather. Admission is free except for the goodies you take home.
For more information, call Don or Samantha Rebstock at 897-4517 or 396-5866.