Elgin’s farm on Monkey Road, Evergreen Farms, became a reality in 1989 when Mike and Beth Walterscheidt bought the property with the intention of establishing a high-quality family farm for Central Texans. The first trees were harvested in 1996 and the Pumpkin Hunt began in 2001.
Since then, the farm has grown to hosting thousands of Central Texans during the Pumpkin Hunt and tree harvesting seasons.
The Walterscheidts also owned a Christmas tree farm in Bryan, Texas from 1980-1998.
They currently live on the farm in Elgin with their donkey, goats, and barn cats.
Mike Walterscheidt is a retired forestry professor where he was the Associate Forestry Department Head at Texas A&M University. He is the former President of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and has a wide knowledge of trees in Texas.
Beth Walterscheidt is a retired middle school teacher. She spent more than 20 years teaching and continues to educate children and adults who visit the farm during educational tours. Beth is past president of the National Christmas Tree Association and has become a national spokesperson on the importance of real Christmas tree for families. She currently serves as Vice President on the Elgin School Board.
The Walterscheidts have 2 sons. The oldest, Mike and his wife Carol, are travelers in their jobs so they are rarely seen on the farm. Chris, the youngest, helps with farm decisions and also during the selling seasons. Katy, his wife, helps with PR on the farm. Their oldest daughter is frequently seen on the wagon ride, where she helps with quality control. She is 7 and learning fast the ways of the farm. The youngest daughter, who is 4, will soon join the team.
242 Monkey Road
Elgin, Texas 78621
Hours and Directions
GPS Coordination to Evergreen Farms Parking Lot
N 30* 19’ 16.79963” W97* 23’ 21.60174”
From Austin: East on Hwy 290---8 miles past Manor (before you get into Elgin), turn right on County Line Road. There is a Stripes Gas Station and stoplight at the corner and also a blue Evergreen Farms highway sign at this intersection. Go 2 miles on County Line Road and turn left on Monkey Road. Go 2 miles on Monkey Road and Evergreen Farms will be on the left.
From Bastrop: 95N---turn left on Hwy 290 in Elgin. The first stoplight by the Antique Mall, McDonalds and Meyers Smokehouse, turn right on Loop 109. After 2 blocks the road splits, take a right onto FM 1704. After 2 miles turn right on Monkey Road and Evergreen Farms will be a mile on the right.
Pumpkin Hunt During October
Weekends: Saturdays 10 am - 5 pm
Sundays 1 pm - 5 pm
Begins Friday after Thanksgiving 10 am - Dark
Saturdays 10 am - Dark
Sundays 12 pm - Dark
Weekdays 12 pm - Dark
Open December 24 until 3 pm