Wildman Farms features a tasty collection of cherries, apples, pluots, and a variety of berries, available for U-pick and we-pick experiences in Dallas - along with a vegetable greenhouse, chickens, eggs and Scottish Terrier puppies. Pat Wildman owns and runs the farm with the help of some staff and friends.
Pat grew up in the farming industry, first helping on her parent’s farm in Kansas. In 1971, Pat moved to Oregon. When her late husband’s father bought a farm in Dallas, she found herself in the farming industry again, helping her father-in-law. Before Pat became involved with the farm, they only grew cherries that were turned into maraschino’s. Today, the farm grows a variety of fruits with a higher-yielding crop. Every season brings new challenges and every day looks different for Pat. She relies on her deep knowledge of agriculture to overcome challenges and to ensure that she has a healthy crop with exceptional taste.
One of Pat’s favorite things about running the farm is sharing her bounty of produce and knowledge with visitors. For example, when kids come to the farm, Pat instructs them not only on how to pick fruit but tells them about the plants, so they leave with a deeper understanding of the land and how products grow from it. Pat deeply enjoys the work she does on the farm and watching the fruits of her labor grow.
West Valley Taphouse
West Valley Taphouse is a full-service taphouse and family-friendly restaurant located in Dallas. It has 65 beverages on tap including local beer, wine, cider, kombucha and more. Customers can pair beverages with a flavorful dish featuring local ingredients in the restaurant or take a growler to go. Suzanne and Sam Dufner are the proud owners of the taphouse. You can find Sam behind the bar talking about beer and making sure there is “no crap on tap” as the sign above the bar clearly reads.
Sam was a high school science teacher before opening the taphouse. His co-workers - other science teachers - used their scientific knowledge for the greater good: beer making. Sam, already having experience making hard cider from his family orchard, enjoyed these conversations and deepened his appreciation for craft fermented beverages. While having a deep understanding of the brewing process is useful, his favorite aspect about West Valley Taphouse is interacting with customers while they are enjoying his products. Sam tests every item before it goes on tap, ensuring that it is of high quality and that it tastes great. The West Valley Taphouse has been in operation for about four years, and the owners are happily looking forward to many more.