Farmers Market Report: March 30-31
Easter weekend happenings at the markets
By Kate Thornberry,
9:27AM, Fri. Mar. 29, 2013
There are numerous Easter festivities planned at the markets for the small fry, and I am hoping it will be fine enough for them to happen. How about this? Dry mornings and torrential rains overnight? It could happen! (If it does I am totally going to try to take credit.)
On Saturday, there will be an Eater egg hunt and a visit from the Easter Bunny at Barton Creek Market, as well as a display of chicken coops by Austin Urban Coops. Both activities are set to be repeated on Easter Sunday at the Barton Creek Highland Mall Market. The Highland Mall Market will probably get a bump of business, because the Mueller Market is going to be closed for Easter, as will the new Lone Star Market at Bee Caves.
The HOPE Farmers Market, however, will be open on Easter Sunday and will have a fun Easter egg hunt for the kids, music, and yoga.
Brussels Sprouts have also been holding steady because of the blessed cool weather. Normally they would have ended weeks ago, but many farmers have a new crop of lovely little sprouts to sell.
Should you be young or otherwise fancy-free this Easter, with no Easter Sunday dinner to attend, you can still get your lamb on with Dai Due, as they will be serving Lamb Barbacoa Tortas with refried butter beans, pickled radish, mint salsa and queso fresco. Also on the hot menu will be Crawfish, Shrimp and Chaurice Etoufeé with Spring onions and rice, and Chorizo and Egg Tacos with cheddar and red chile salsa.
I also tried New Bread Rising’s Sourdough. Baker Neil confided to me that he has had a breakthrough with his sourdough starter that has resulted in rounder, taller loaves. I made luscious grilled cheese sandwiches with New Bread Rising’s sourdough and Full Quiver Farm’s Jalapeno Jack cheese, accompanied by Pogue Mahone’s Original Dill and Garlic Pickles. If you haven’t tired Pogue Mahone pickles yet, save up to buy a jar. They are not cheap, but they really are the best pickles you have ever tasted. I have been making my own pickles for thirty years, and they kick my dill pickles’ ass. (Asses?)
Newcomers to the market: Flume Creek (another Good Food Award winner this year) was back at the Barton Creek Market with their wares last weekend, as was a relatively new BBQ sauce maker, 2BQ’d. More on the barbecue sauce story as it develops!
Dewberry Hills Chicken will be at both the Sunset Valley and Downtown SFC markets this weekend.
Speaking of Downtown, if you have a sophisticated chocolate palate, treat yourself to some Cocoa Puro chocolate covered cacao beans for Easter. Just think of them as really tiny chocolate Easter eggs.
Also, eggs are at the flood again, and the goats are back up to full milk and cheese production!
See you at the markets!
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