10th Oct, 2014

Right at Home in Fredericksburg for Texas Mesquite Festival

Right at Home in Fredericksburg for Texas Mesquite Festival

Home in FredericksburgMake yourself right at home in Fredericksburg, Texas this weekend at the 22nd Annual Texas Mesquite Festival which kicked off today at the Marketplatz downtown.  Touted as the “Largest Mesquite Show in the world,” the festival is a great place to happen upon home furnishings and decor.  This is a juried art show and is open to the public at no charge.

Friday, October 10, 2014, Noon-6 p.m.

Saturday, October 11, 2014, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday, October 12, 2014, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Come find that perfect touch – a one-of-a-kind vase or sturdy bench – something new for your next home in Fredericksburg Texas.  Every year, one artist is featured at the show.  Roger Ellison, who crafts fine furniture, is featured at the 2014 Texas Mesquite Festival in Fredericksburg.  Or stowaway a reminder of the historic elegance found in the heart of Texas Hill Country.

Mesquite is a native Texas hardwood that grows around Fredericksburg TX real estate.  It is drought tolerant, using surface water if necessary.  The tree grows quickly and offer shade and habitat for wildlife.  Some varieties reach a height of 30 feet.  As a legume, the Mesquite keeps nitrogen in the soil which improves the quality.

Ranchers in West and Central Texas say the hardy tree takes water needed for grasses.  Many species of the deciduous tree are found in the southwestern part of the nation and in throughout all but the far eastern part of Texas.  Samples include honey mesquite, screwbean mesquite, velvet mesquite, and creeping mesquite.  Craftsman deal with the plant’s sharp thorns, some extending up to 3 inches long.  Those thorns must be taken seriously.  They can puncture the soles of shoes and tires.

Mesquite is a great food source.  Full of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and lysine, the bean pods can be dried and ground, resulting in mesquite flour.  It must be cooked.  The powder can be added to jellies and wine. Bees obtain nectar from the flowers of mesquite trees, producing mesquite honey.  The wood is used for barbecue, and smoke flavors added to many other foods.

Home in FredericksburgWoodworkers use the most stable of the Mesquite varieties known as Texas Ironwood or Prosopis juliflora and Prosopis glandulosa.  Here’s a glance at some of the finely crafted items that will be on display this weekend:

  • Gifts
  • Art
  • Beds
  • Dressers
  • Chairs
  • Lamps
  • Scrollwork
  • Ornaments
  • Gun stocks

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For more information about Texas Hill Country real estate, including Fredericksburg TX homes for sale, please contact Dale Cook of Sage Premium Texas Real Estate in Fredericksburg at 830-997-1035.

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