Cruisin' with Courtney: Bovines and Brisket in La Grange

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LA GRANGE, Tex. (KBTX) - The Frerichs family has been farming in La Grange for more than a century.

For the last twenty years, they've been inviting people to see what it's like living on a dairy farm.

"We would like to have an experience where families can come here and interact with animals because they don't have that opportunity and develop an appreciation and respect for animals. That's very important to us," explained Faith Frerichs.

At The Jersey Barnyard, you'll have the chance to feed goats, pigs, chickens, and even bottle feed a calf.

"I really enjoy families appreciating the farm. They will say, 'I'm so sorry, we don't want to leave, we are just loving it here!' and I say, 'Oh, please don't apologize!' That's why we did this. We want people to come and just hang out with the animals," said Frerichs.

When you finish exploring, you can take a tasty souvenir with you. Their fridges are filled with milks, meats, and cheeses made right on the farm.

When you're ready for lunch, though, head into town and stop at the historic Prause Meat Market.

"We barbecue Tuesday through Saturday. We have brisket beef. We have pork. We have a shoulder that's boneless, it's real good, pork chops that got a little bone in it. And we make our own sausage," said Gary Prause.

They've also got three different kinds of potato salad, including a new personal favorite of mine that's made with sour cream, bacon, and chives.

What's even more impressive than their barbecue is their history.

"My great-grandfather Arnold actually started it in 1904 and four generations later, here we are today," said Prause. "I really appreciated doing it and I wouldn't have done it any other way. Being with family was real important."

Prause Meat Market is more than just good food, it's the people that make it worth the cruise.

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