Elgin’s farm, 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 owned a Christmas tree farm in Bryan, Texas before opening the Elgin farm. They currently live on the farm with their donkey, goats, duck and barn cats.
Mike Walterscheidt is a retired forestry professor. He was once the Associate Forestry Department Head at Texas A&M University and has a wide knowledge of trees in Texas. He was the former President of the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA).
Beth Walterscheidt is a retired middle school teacher. She spent over 20 years teaching and continues to educate children and adults that 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 Parliamentarian 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 out during shearing time and also during the selling seasons. Katy, his wife has helped with PR on the farm. His daughter helps crowd control on the wagon rides. She is 2 and learning fast the ways of the farm.
242 Monkey Road
Elgin, Texas 78621
Hours and Directions
GPS Cordination 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 Valero 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.
All week-ends in October
Saturdays 10am - 5pm
Sundays 1pm - 5pm
Begins Friday after Thanksgiving 10am - Dark
Saturdays 10am - Dark
Sundays 12pm - Dark
Weekdays 12pm - Dark
Open December 24 until 3pm