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East Texas farmers bring homemade goods to market

A tiny farm in Bulah, Texas – that’s near Rusk – is slowly expanding its presence at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market. The owners of Bulah’s Best aim to develop an agri-tourism program on the remote farm that is out of cell phone range. Seattle native Thomas Holguin and his wife, Donna, have nine goats and two cows. They produce milk, cheese and butter for market each week. Tomas Holguin is taking a year off as a Spanish teacher to work on the farm.

“This is all about wanting to improve the health of our children and those around us – trying to get away from the GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and trying to be as natural as possible.”

Holguin said they’re trying their hand at making a range of products like natural, herb-based soaps, salve and vinegar. He's found a community of like-minded growers at the market, and they often trade their wares.

“You have a lot of farmers who bring their produce that are local, and we trade our soap or milk for fresh vegetables.”

The Nacogdoches Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Holguin says he won’t have goat’s milk for sale tomorrow because his goats are pregnant.