Hey guys! You may find it strange to hear from me on a Saturday seeing as how we really have more of a Monday/Wednesday/Friday type of relationship, but the boys and I had a fun little adventure yesterday that I had to share with you. My favorite neighbor Laura invited us to visit the Texas-Tulips farm about 30 minutes North West of McKinney, in Pilot Point.
Owners Petra and Pieter Koeman arrived in Pilot Point from Holland in 2011 and opened Texas-Tulips, the very first blooming Tulip Field in Texas. Hearing the couple speak Dutch to each other as well as to Pieter’s mother, Afra, adds to the lovely experience of picking Tulips in North Texas.
We arrived at the Tulip Field about 10:15 with a packed lunch and our old tennis shoes on in case the fields were muddy…which they were in several spots. The fields were a crayon box of color with every shade and species of Tulip imaginable. (My favorites were Negrita and Ad Rem!) This special farm on FM 2931 was the ideal setting for a fun Spring morning with the kiddos. Admission was free, and we were able to pick the Tulips for a fee of $2.50/stem. Picnic tables were set up for patrons to use for the lunches they brought from home, and a little hay maze kept the kiddos entertained while the moms visited/remedied sticky hands, chaperoned potty breaks and chased down napkins picked up by the wind.
Texas-Tulips is open to the public from dusk till dawn February 20-April 20. I hope visiting the Tulip field becomes a treasured tradition each Spring for you and your family. Don’t forget your camera, and remember to say dank u wel when you leave!
-ciao for now-
photo credit: my iphone