Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet and Greet Mondays: Moorhead's Blueberry Farm

For this Meet and Greet Monday I visited Moorhead's Blueberry Farm in Conroe, Texas. Moorhead's is unique in that it is the oldest commercial blueberry farm in Texas! It dates back to the mid-1970's.


The farm is located away from busy areas, making for a nice, scenic drive. Once you get closer to the farm, there are lots of signs alerting you that you're on the right path, and getting close!


Once you arrive and park, you're greeted by the charming office area and friendly staff, ready to explain how the process works.


A staff member will hand you a bucket, walk you out into the fields, and ask if you've picked blueberries before. Being my first time, I said no, and I was given the advice, "Pick the blue ones!" I laughed out loud, but the note in that advice was don't pick the red or white ones- they don't taste very good.

One nice thing they seem to do is spread all of the visitors out, so you have rows and rows of blueberry bushes all to yourself. You're free to walk about and pick from wherever you like, but they crops are so abundant, you can easily stay in one place if you like.







Moorhead's allows you to taste test on the spot, and my goodness, they are delicious. They taste so incredibly different than from the grocery store! It's something you have to taste for yourself.

When you're all done, you take your bucket of blueberries to the front to get weighed. At $2.50 a pound, you can pick as many as you like! They also sell blueberry recipes, or you can download them off their website for free.

 
Near the front, they have a nice shaded rest area with lots of benches and shade.
 
 
Outside the farm, you'll see picnic tables under beautiful shade trees, and a snow cone shack ready to serve something cool.
 




Check out Moorhead's Blueberry Farm for yourself- it's a fun experience and you leave with amazing fruit!

Moorhead's Blueberry Farm is open Friday-Sunday, through the middle of July, though this year they are expecting to stay open through August. Check their website at www.moorheadsblueberryfarm.com or their Facebook feed at https://www.facebook.com/MoorheadsBlueberryFarm  for updates, information, and hours of operation. Make sure if you go, though, to bring cash or check! They do not except credit cards.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Beall's in Conroe

Every Thursday we post a "throwback" or historical photo on Facebook of Conroe and a tidbit about it. It's such a popular feature on Facebook, I thought that I would elaborate about it here! This week we featured Beall's in Conroe.


We don't have a whole lot of information about this particular photo, as Beall's moved several times throughout Conroe. However, one look at our Facebook page shows Beall's is remembered fondly.

 Do you have any Beall's memories?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Meet and Greet Mondays: Mimi's on Main

For this Meet and Greet Monday I visited Mimi's on Main in historic downtown Conroe. Mimi's is a treasure, offering a shopping experience with antiques, new items, and everything in between.


When you walk in, you are greeted immediately with such warm hospitality by the Mimi's staff, who go out of their way to make you feel welcome. They also offer free coffee and treats! Yum!


I went near the Fourth of July holiday, and the entire store was decorated thematically. It was so fun to see all of the special decorations.


Mimi's is set up like an antique mall, with multiple dealers and booths, though it is not exclusively antiques. The shop is actually quite huge!

One small part of the shop, showcasing some different dealers.
 
Since there are so many dealers, the variety is quite remarkable. I sincerely believe that anyone could go into this store and find something they are interested in.
 









 
 A really great part of Mimi's is that they sell greeting cards, bags, tissue, and wrapping supplies in the store, so if you need a gift, it's a one stop shop. If you're not sure what to get, they have great gifts ready near the register, like handmade soaps, fudge, and much more.
 
Check out Mimi's on Main for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience. You won't regret it.
 
 
Mimi's on Main is located at 312 N Main St, Conroe, TX 77301, in downtown Conroe. They may be reached at (936) 441-0002 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mimis-on-Main-an-Antique-Mall-More/121004691312880.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Conroe College

Every Thursday we post a "throwback" or historical photo on Facebook of Conroe and a tidbit about it. It's such a popular feature on Facebook, I thought that I would elaborate about it here! This week we featured Conroe College.


In 1903 the Conroe Normal & Industrial College, located off 10th Street, was founded by Dr. Jimmie Johnson as an education institution to teach black students during a time when segregation prevented integration in schools and much of society.

The establishment of Conroe College is quite extraordinary considering Conroe Independent School District was founded in 1892. Educational opportunities were scarce for black residents until the founding of the college, with contributions from both black and white community leaders. The size of the facility was more than 100 acres.


The above building still stands today, now vacant. The original five-story administration building (below) burned down in 1913. After the destruction of this building, a two-story building was constructed and served as chapel, dining room, kitchen, and one classroom.


Amazingly, the college opened at least 14 years before Conroe opened it's first public school for black children; truly a remarkable feat.

An early photo of the Conroe College and Staff

Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet and Greet Mondays: Texas Flag Park

For this Meet and Greet Monday I visited the Texas Flag Park. The Flag Park has been in Conroe since 2011, as a free outdoor museum for the public and visitors. The park was conceived partly because Montgomery County is the birthplace of the Texas flag, and the park showcases 13 of the Texas battle flags throughout time.


The park is located right next to the Montgomery County Library, right off I-45, south of Hwy 105. As you walk into the park, a bronze bust dedicated to Dr. Charles B. Stewart, the Montgomery County native credited with the design of the Lone Star Flag, greets visitors at the park entrance.

 
 
You'll also see all of the beautiful landscaping around the park.
 





 
 
Further still, you'll see the 14 ft. bronze known as “The Texian”, conceived and sculpted by artist Craig Campobella, serves as the centerpiece. The Texian represents a soldier in the Texas army, fighting bravely.
 
 
 
As you walk around, you are able to see all of the different flags and read details about each one.
 









Go check it out for yourself for all of the other great details!

To learn more about the Texas Flag Park, check out www.texasflagpark.com or visit it 7 days a week!