Farmers Market Report: April 5-6, 2013
Gorgeous Spring weather makes for perfect produce
By Kate Thornberry,
9:30AM, Fri. Apr. 5, 2013
Fruitful Hill Farm, which has long been a regular at the Barton Creek Market, is now selling at the Sunset Valley Market as well. Fruitful Hill will be bringing eggs (come early for the eggs), strawberries, red beets, garlic, dinosaur kale, broccoli, carrots, yellow squash, zucchini, collard greens, fennel, Romaine lettuce, Swiss chard, cabbage, Louisiana shallots, cilantro, yellow bunching onions, and turnips to both the markets this week. They will also be bringing squash blossoms (!) to the Barton Creek Market. I think this is the first appearance of summer squash this year; I wonder if they are growing it in greenhouses?
Speaking of strawberries, Boggy Creek Farm is at their peak of strawberry production and will have plenty to sell this weekend. Growing conditions have been better out at their Milam County farm, so the strawberries are going to be coming from there, rather than the historic East Austin farm. Sadly, this means there will be no “Pick Your Own”. This weekend the Boggy Creek Farmstead and the Dog-Trot House will be on Preservation Austin's tour of Historic Homes/Historic Gardens. Patrons of the farm stand can donate $5 to Preservation Austin, and tour both of the farm houses on Saturday from 10am-4pm.
Barton Creek Market and their Sunday Market at Highland Mall will be continuing their “Bring a Friend” program, wherein, if you come to their markets with a friend, you will both get a $5 coupon for the following week’s market! It doesn’t even need to be a new friend! It can be the same old friend you always go with. (Your friend must be human, though. Dogs don’t count! I tried, but they weren’t buying it.)
Texas French Bread, a bakery that has been fabulous for the last thirty years, used to have shops all over the city. Now, you can only get their superior breads and scones and cookies at their 29th Street location, and at the Farmers Markets (Downtown and Sunset Valley). Texas French Bread really does make a superior product, but they don’t get a lot of notice (maybe because it seems like they have always been around?). Check out their Orange Scones, and their Walnut Scones. They are the best!
The “cold” Butcher Shop will be featuring Chicken and Artichoke Sausage ($12 lb.) and Lamb Meatloaf ($20 each, serves four).
Greens ought to be especially good this week. All the rain will have sweetened the lettuce, too. See you at the Markets!