Springdale Farm Is Closing
Beloved East Austin urban farm announces summer closure
By Jessi Cape,
3:38PM, Wed. Jan. 31, 2018
Yet another Austin treasure shared news today that they will be closing. Springdale Farm is credited as one of the most influential Austin urban farms. Owners Glenn and Paula Foore purchased the East Austin property in 1992 and started the farm in 2009.
They’ll still sell produce at the farm stand through June, and East Austin Urban Farm Tour is still set for April. Springdale Handmades, their line of bath products, will also continue. We’ll update this post as more details emerge on the future of on-site restaurant Eden East.
Here's the full response, sent through their email newsletter this afternoon:
"Dear Friends,"It is with extremely mixed emotions that we want to share with you the news that we will be starting a new chapter of our lives sometime this summer after tomato season. This past year brought some unexpected trials in our personal lives and our focus must turn in another direction. While it was a very difficult decision, we have decided to retire Springdale Farm and move on to the next phase of our lives with a focus on health and family.
"It's hard to believe we bought this place 26 years ago on a wing and a prayer. The years have flown by. These past 10 years in particular have been such an amazing journey. The food community has shown us tremendous support, and we have been so honored to be a part of this wonderful group of people. The adventures were grand, to be sure: the fun times at the farm stand and the friends we've made, the fundraisers, the farm tours and school kids of all ages... The documentaries, the photo shoots, the supper clubs, the politicians on the porch, the celebrities on the grounds... Our daughter's wedding, and any minute, God willing, we'll christen the farmhouse with the birth of our first grand baby. We have loved this farm hard, but we know what we'll miss the most are the warm smiling faces of the people that have come through the gates of the farm and shared this space with us. For that, we will be eternally grateful.
"In the meantime, while we figure out what's next for us, we will continue to bring beautiful fresh produce to the farm stand on Wednesdays and Saturdays through June of this year. Additionally, Springdale Handmade, with a life all it's own, will still be available online as well as at other retail locations, and of course the well loved East Austin Urban Farm Tour will once again take place in April - so you haven't seen the last of us.
"Austin has such a bright future. Love your neighbor, and Go Local!
With love and gratitude,
Glenn and Paula"