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Why purchase from Leddy's Homestead?

Leddy's Homestead makes Premium Jams and Jellies from our locally grown fruits and vegetables. If needed, we purchase primarily from local farmers we know and trust. Also, we specialize in rare fruit, such as Medlar, lesser-known plums, and the almost-extinct Blenheim apricot.

We select only ripe fruit and capture the amazingly sweet flavors in Jars for you to enjoy all season long. We stand behind each Jam we create. Leddy's Homestead does not offer standard Jams that appear on the shelves of your local supermarket, we specialize in unique flavor combinations that will make you ask for more. 

can all Dogs eat homemade treats?

Dogs of all shapes, sizes, breeds and temperaments love homemade Treats! It is important for you to use your good judgment and understand your dog when feeding your dog any type of dog treats. 

  • It is always important to observe your dog especially puppies when giving a treat to see if he/she is chewing and swallowing properly. When puppies are overly excited, they may inhale and forget to chew. We suggest waiting until at least 12 weeks of age before using any type of treat with puppies.

  •  For older dogs with dental issues, ask for our Banana Bones, because they are easy to chew, and our simple ingredients make them easy to digest. If your dog has any other medical issues, be sure to ask your veterinarian. 

** Although our treat is all natural and wholesome it was not formulated as a complete diet and should not be used as a food replacement on a regular basis.

***Be sure to check the ingredient list before feeding to your dog. Pets can have allergies just like humans!!!

How many animals do you have?

The amount fluctuates with increases due to birth or acquisition and decreases due to death or sales. At the peak of our chicken raising, we had 200 chickens that our children raised. Currently, a home flock of about 30 is kept for eggs and culling for meat. As well as 13 breeding coops which around 5 chickens in each coop. 5-10 turkeys are kept for meat, also.  Currently, we keep around 20 goats, at least one buck and one doe of Nubian, Lamacha and Nigerian Dwarf.  3 retired horses, one donkey and a mini-Zebu bull.   5 cats and 8 dogs run around, too. 

Do your animals bite?

Most of the animals are tame but animals are very unpredictable and could nip or bite.  Under Texas law, by agreeing to be on the premises, you understand that garden, farm, animal, and horse activities are risky. Also under Texas law, any responsibility for injury is waived.
  In accordance with Texas HB 262 and Texas Law Chapter 75
                                                                                                                   
  *WARNING*
WARNING: UNDER TEXAS LAW (CHAPTER 87, CIVIL PRACTICE & REMEDIES CODE) AN EQUINE PROFESSIONAL IS NOT LIABLE FOR AN INJURY TO OR THE DEATH OF A PARTICIPANT IN EQUINE ACTIVITIES RESULTING FROM THE INHERENT RISKS OF EQUINE ACTIVITIES.

WARNING: UNDER TEXAS LAW (CHAPTER 87, CIVIL PRACTICE & REMEDIES CODE) A FARM ANIMAL PROFESSIONAL IS NOT LIABLE FOR AN INJURY TO OR THE DEATH OF A PARTICIPANT IN FARM ANIMAL ACTIVITIES RESULTING FROM THE INHERENT RISKS OF FARM ANIMAL ACTIVITIES.

Can i pet or feed an animal?

Yes, but we asked that you stay out of the enclosures at all times! We actually offer a snack cup for feeding the horses, goats and pigs. Please supervise children while feeding as the animals do not know the difference between a tasty carrot and a finger!!

What do I need to wear when I come to the farm for a tour or class?

Definitely wear close toed shoes. Flip flops or sandals are not a good choice for walking around the farm. Wear shoes and clothes that can get dirty.


 

Do I need to bring anything for my visit?

You may want to bring your own water bottle. It gets hot and you’ll probably get thirsty.  You may also consider putting on sunscreen and/or mosquito spray. If you’re coming for a class, bring pencil and paper to take notes.

Most importantly bring an open mind and a positive attitude!

What sort of meals do you offer? 

We serve a variety of dishes, but all are tasty and filling. “The food is so good that I ate too much” is about the only complaint we hear. All meals are made with farm-grown ingredients. Let us know your special dietary needs from vegetarian to gluten intolerance; we always help.

Is there medical care available?

15 minutes away, UT Health in Mineola offers basic health care from M-F, 8-5. Otherwise, hospitals with emergency rooms in Quitman – 25minutes away – are the closest. The majority of the staff are certified in CPR and trained in first aid.

Can 1 adult bring a group of 2 & under children?

No. For safety purposes, we can only admit 1 child (2 & under) per 1 adult (18 & older) to enter the farm together. This ensures children 2 & under are fully supervised and kept safe on a 1/1 ratio. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this safety precaution.

Can i bring my Dog?

Unfortunately, we only allow leashed service animals at this time, unless you stay at a cabin or camp site, to keep everyone safe. *As stipulated by the ADA, homestead staff may request that a service dog experiencing difficulty or demonstrating problematic behaviors, such as barking or lunging, be removed from the homestead immediately!

Can i bring outside drinks and food?

No outside food/drinks allowed.

Except if you are having a birthday party, private event or staying in a cabin/ camp site. You may bring a cake or ice cream and the items to serve those with. Our concession provides cold canned drinks and light snacks.

Do you offer summer camps?

Yes, Our Kids Summer Homestead Camp runs from 8am-3pm, Monday through Friday of camp week. Extended care times are available until 5pm for an additional fee.

How can i nominate a veteran for a camp stay?

Leddy's Homestead is a working farm with a main purpose of growing vegetables and educating families about the importance of growing their own food. It is also very important to us to offer therapeutic animal interaction and providing a peaceful and purposeful place for veterans to go as they need a safe place to decompress. If you know an active-duty military family or veteran that could benefit from a "farm stay" please don't hesitate to contact us!

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