on the range


A Food-Loving Mom’s Response to 'Fed Up'

I didn’t know much about Fed Up before going into it, just that it was another in a growing string of documentaries interrogating the food industry. I was suspicious when I saw the cliched montage of headless fatties, ready to dismiss the film out of hand for its reliance on this trope alone. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Mon. May. 19, Melanie Haupt

Spent: Trouble Brewing for Local Breweries and Farms

The mutually beneficial relationship between brewers and farmers may soon be coming to an end. As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the FDA has proposed new and pervasive regulations governing the use of spent grain for animal feed. Read More | Comment »

11:15AM Thu. Apr. 3, Anna Toon

Food Issue Extra Helpings: I'm Waiting for My Ham

Titaya’s reopened on North Lamar last Monday, and an entire subculture of this great city celebrated. Eleven months of renovations had kept the much beloved Thai food shop shuttered, with rumors concerning its reopening stunning the city upon every mention. Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Mon. Feb. 10, Chase Hoffberger

Farm and Food Leadership Conference

Nonprofit leaders, farmers and ranchers, and local food activists will gather at the Bastrop Convention & Exhibit Center (1408 Chesnut in Bastrop) on Sept. 22-23 for the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) annual conference. Read More | Comment »

3:10PM Tue. Sep. 17, 2013, Anna Toon

The Food Issue: When Vegetables Aren't Enough

You can’t swing a dead armadillo in Austin without hitting a “foodie” – a variegated species ranging roughly from purist vegans through sushi savants to connoisseurs of deep-fried turkey. They pursue their gastronomic passions with singular concentration, and it’s among the blessings of living here that it takes all kinds to make an Austin ecosystem. Read More | Comment »

9:55AM Wed. Jun. 12, 2013, Michael King

Outcome for Local Food Legislation

A few months ago Jim Hightower told members of the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association to jump on the Texas Farm-to-Table Caucus like “gators on a poodle.” As it turns out, this was wise advice. Read More | Comment »

12:15PM Fri. May. 24, 2013, Anna Toon

Texas House to Vote on Beer Bills Today

After having been voted out of the Texas Senate and out of committee in the House, the five craft beer bills permitting Texas brewpubs to distribute and small-production breweries to offer on-site sales direct to consumers have been scheduled for a full House vote today, Friday, May 17. Read More | Comment »

11:30AM Fri. May. 17, 2013, Ivy Le

Urban Farm Redux

HausBar Farms is back in business, sort of. Following an inspection by city officials, HausBar is now allowed to sell vegetables from their Eastside urban farm. This is good news for urban farmers and the local food community, alike. Read More | Comment »

4:10PM Fri. May. 3, 2013, Anna Toon

Food Fight

This week the House version of the Animal ID bill flew through the Texas House Calendars Committee, worrying many small producers and food activists. Read More | Comment »

12:30PM Fri. Apr. 26, 2013, Anna Toon

Pecan Pie Named the State Pie of Texas

Based on a ceremonial resolution submitted by freshman Rep. Marsha Farney (R - Georgetown), the Texas House of Representatives today recognized pecan pie as the State Pie of Texas. Read More | Comment »

5:15PM Wed. Apr. 3, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Toni Tipton-Martin Attends Let's Move Anniversary Celebration

Despite a March blizzard that made travel challenging, Austin food and nutrition journalist Toni Tipton-Martin attended a celebration earlier this month for the third anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move Faith and Communities initiative to eliminate childhood obesity in America. Read More | Comment »

11:15AM Fri. Mar. 29, 2013, Virginia B. Wood

Legislature Hearing More Small Farm/Local Food Bills

On Wednesday, March 20, two bills that remove some of the unnecessary financial barriers for small, local farmers and food producers will be heard by Texas House of Representative committees. Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D - Austin)and Rep. Susan King (R- Abilene) have each authored bills. Read More | Comment »

1:15PM Tue. Mar. 19, 2013, Virginia B. Wood