The Farmers’ Market Report: March 22-23, 2014
Feta, spring vegetables, lavender, and asparagus, if you're lucky
By Kate Thornberry,
9:45AM, Fri. Mar. 21, 2014
Although I have yet to see it with my own eyes, Farmer Willie McKemie is bringing tender, young asparagus to the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market and the Mueller Farmers’ Market. You have to get there early, though. I am hoping against hope that I might get there early enough this weekend.
It was raining when I went Farmers’ Marketing last Saturday, hard enough to cause the market to be pretty deserted at that hour. When it rains, my camera gets foggy and the photographs suffer; after a while there is no point in even taking them. That’s why you are getting somewhat less than stellar photos this week!
Dewberry Hills Farm (Really Good Chicken) will be returning to the Sunset Valley Market this Saturday. If you are deeply motivated to get a nice chicken, it is not a bad idea to call or email to reserve one today.
Although it is not a Farmers’ Market per se, nevertheless I am always happy to include information about Boggy Creek Farmstand, because Boggy Creek Farm was the first urban organic farm in Austin. Farmers Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle are expanding their farmstand service days. From now until the end of July, they will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 9am-1pm.
If this experiment turns out to be a good idea, they will restart the four-day schedule the first of November and continue it until next July. The idea is to be better able to manage their produce, and keep picking every day during peak yield times. Boggy Creek produce is always so freshly picked it squeaks, and that is exactly how they like to sell it. Carol Ann and Larry have also improved the farmstand itself a bit, making adjustments to protect shoppers from cold, wind, dust, and mosquitos.
Curious Confections will have Hot Cross Buns, Croissants, Pain au Chocolat, Eccles Cakes (an English puff pastry filled with currants), Lemon Poppy Seed Bread, Apple Scones, Cherry Limeade Marshmallows, Salted Caramels, Coconut Macaroons, Fig Newtons, and Chewy Peanut Bars.
Windy Hill Farm, in addition to their goat and lamb cuts, will be selling their jars of Sweet Pepper Strips. They also have a new herb rub: Herbes de Comanche, which blends rosemary, thyme, basil, lavender, fennel seed, sage, oregano, tarragon, and winter savory.
Yard to Market, a new vendor at the HOPE Market, will be selling collard greens, green onions, kale, and bags of spinach.
If that weren’t enough, just for this Sunday, Regal Ravioli will be doing a pop-up at the Hope Market. Regal Ravioli specializes in hand made pastas, and offer both vegetarian and meat options. Possibilities include Spicy Chicken Italian Sausage with roasted red and green peppers, and Crimini and Portobello with goat cheese. They also serve Potato Gnocci and Meatball Subs.
At the Mueller Market, Prickly Pair Farm will be bringing their lovely bouquets of freshly cut flowers, including ranunculus, anemones, delphiniums, and snapdragons.
Cedar Creek Mushrooms will also be appearing at the Mueller Market this Sunday, selling pristine and tasty Oyster mushrooms. Engel Farms, who sell at the Downtown SFC Market on Saturdays, will be heading out to the Mueller Market this Sunday, as well, with their strawberries and Brussels Sprouts. I can heartily recommend both; the sprouts are even more addictive than the berries!
Confituras will be at the Mueller Market this Sunday, and at the Sunset Valley Market and the Downtown SFC Market on Saturday. This week’s lineup contains Ruby Red Grapefruit Jelly, Orange Vanilla Bean Marmalade, Fig & Walnut Conserve, Orange Chile de Arbol Marmalade, Rio Star Grapefruit Vanilla Bean Jam, Orange Rosemary Jelly, Bourbon Milk Jam, and Citrus Salts made with Texas sea salt!
Pure Luck Dairy will be at both the Cedar Park and Mueller Markets with all of their regular chevres (Red Chile, Mixed Herb, June’s Joy, Black pepper and Plain). They will also have the rarely available Feta, and Hopelessly Bleu (which will be ending for a while in a few weeks).
Full Quiver Farms, one of the most important anchors of the Barton Creek Market, sells some of the best cheeses available in Texas. Casual market strollers just see Full Quiver’s cream cheeses; behind, if you know to ask, are the Cheddars, Mozzarella, Feta, the Jalapeño Jack.
Another new vendor last week was My Magic Mud. This locally-made product purports to be an all-natural, charcoal-based tooth whitening product that does no harm to your teeth. In the interests of science and thorough reportage, I bought a jar. The product comes with some pretty impressive endorsements; I will let you know how it goes.
At the Downtown and Mueller markets this weekend, Jesse will be serving:
Breakfast and Lunch at the Markets:
Duck, Hog Head and Wild Onion Gumbo with Gulf coast rice;
Bacon, Chorizo and Egg Taco with chipotle salsa and cortido;
Achiote Pork Rib with tortilla casserole, cortido, and carrot top sauce;
Sprouted Wheat Toast with a duck egg, artichoke, pea shoots, herbs, and duck fat hollandaise; and
Cafe a la Olla.
See you at the Markets!