Ever wondered how great it would be to live on a farm? Or wondered how the goats and other animals are fed and cared for? Is raising livestock difficult? How quickly do hogs grow? How many times a day do you have to milk? Come and visit the farm at Bankersmith in Fredericksburg Texas and get a behind-the scenes look at the complex operations and interactions of a working farm! We raise Boer, Nigerian Dwarf, African Pygmy and Saanen Dairy Goats, York Meat Hogs, plus chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and even some Donkeys. We are in the middle of permitting for a Grade A Dairy where we will make and sell fresh goat cheese daily!

We also serve lunch and dinner from Noon to 8 pm on Friday and Saturday during the Farm Tours, so plan on enjoying some great food and libations before or after your Farm Tour.

Please understand that you do not need to pay for a tour to enjoy Bankersmith, Texas. You can see the goats, turkeys, ducks, geese, pigs, the chickens, the bar(n) cats, the gardens, the General Store & Post Office, live music, and more, without a tour guide. You can explore a lot of the farm on your own with no cost whatsoever. The tour happens during milking hours and provides you with extras and explanations beyond what you can see on your own.

During the tour you will see:

  • Where the milk is produced. We will explain how milk is produced and show you where it happens.
  • Teach you how to milk. You can walk through this area and see how the milking is done. We will allow you to try and milk a goat firsthand!
  • Slop the Hogs. How to feed and water the hogs. We’ll even let you scratch them behind their ears, which they love!
  • How to collect eggs and feed and water chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese.
    We’ll explain the difference in species, feeding requirements etc. If we collect enough eggs you can even take some home! Nothing fresher than that.
  • Baby Goat Feeding. We typically have baby goats on property that will need some love and bottle feeding. We will teach you all about raising baby goats, the do’s and dont’s.
  • The Goat Barn. You’ll see the stalls where the goats live and where the baby goats are fed their milk.
  • The Milk Barn. We’ll show you where and how we milk the goats and what we do with the milk.
  • The Goats. You’ll get to meet some of the goats and learn about how they are raised, what they eat, and how they live.
  • The Chickens and Guinea Hens. Our chickens help keep our gardens healthy and are a great way to recycle all of our food scraps and garden waste. Backyard chicken eggs are an amazing addition to a healthy diet.
  • The Bankersmith Family. One of the Bankersmith Herd Staff, namely Hannah, will be your tour guide (unless she’s on vacation)!
Pricing
  • Adult tickets are $35 in advance, and includes a free meal from the Bankersmith Menu.
  • Child tickets (aged 1 – 12) are $10 each
  • Newborns being carried are free, but children walking or in strollers (including newborns) must have a ticket.
  • We do offer a military discount through VetTix!
  • There is a two person minimum for each tour, so bring a friend or Contact Us for
    information on a single person tour.
  • If you have a group of 15 or more, please email us at info@blackstonetexas.com
  • Adults must sign farm liability waiver forms for themselves and accompanied children.
Tour Availability:
  • Off Season: End of December until February, we do not offer tours.
  • We cannot guarantee tour availability if you don’t schedule ahead of time.
Length of Tour:
  • The tour usually lasts 45 – 90 minutes depending on how many questions are asked.
  • If you have a time limit, please let your tour guide know at the beginning of your tour.
Accessibility and Weather:
  • Tours are given during all types of weather and the majority of the tour takes place outside.
  • You may want to bring an umbrella or rain coat if rain is expected.
  • The tour is wheelchair accessible, but our areas are gravel or grass so parts of the garden may be missed if the wheelchair can’t cross gravel.
  • Please realize that this is a working farm and if possible, don’t wear flip flops or sandals during the tour.
The farm tours are for people who want to see where their food comes from, want to meet the goats, and want to get a glimpse at our farm life. If you just want to spend time with the goats, we offer a special Baby Goat Experience as well. You can get the best of both worlds by scheduling a tour and following it up with us via email about the Baby Goat Experience.

We will soon be offering Milking and Cheese Making Classes on site. Those tours are unavailable until we receive our Grade A License. You will not learn how to make cheese or any other items during this tour. If you wish to own your own goats or start your own goat cheese business, please Contact Us so we can discuss options that will better meet your needs. We also serve lunch and dinner from Noon to 8 pm, during tours on Friday and Saturday, so plan on enjoying lunch or dinner before or after your tour!