Second Helpings: Community Supported Agriculture Subscription Farms

How to join community supported agriculture subscription farms.

The weekly Chronicle feature "Second Helpings" offers readers the opportunity to sample tasty, bite-sized restaurant listings compiled from new and previous reviews, guides, and poll results. This week's entries were updated by Chronicle Food Editor Virginia B. Wood. When you need quick, reliable information about Austin eateries, check here. For more information about CSA's, farmstands, and farmer's markets, contact the Sustainable Food Center (236-0074) for their brochure, "Fresh Local Food in Central Texas."

Hairston Creek Farm

Gary & Sara Rowland

4300 County Road #335

Burnet, Texas 78611


Burnet County farmers Gary and Sara Rowland often participate in local farmer's markets, where their certified organic produce and Sara's homemade jams and jellies are always in demand. They also offer subscription shares for a season that runs from April through November for $25 per share. They offer custom drop-off for five or more subscriptions.

Milberg Farm

Tim Miller

737 Opal Lane

Kyle, Texas 78640


Tim Miller operates a certified organic dryland farm near Kyle where he's won regional awards for his water conservation techniques. Miller offers subscriptions shares for seasonally available produce, which he will deliver in the Kyle and Manchaca area. When crop abundance permits, he also sells at the Westlake Farmer's Market.

Oasis Gardens Community Farm

7651 Delwau Lane

Austin, Texas 78725


This certified organic-farm cooperative on Austin's far east side offers weekly subscription shares for $30 plus five hours of labor per share. Shareholders commit to five hours of farm work and receive good exercise and radiantly healthy produce in the bargain. The workday is Sunday from 1-4pm. A share will feed two to three people.

Tecolote Farm

David Pitre

16301 Decker Lake Road

Manor, Texas 78653


Dave Pitre's organic produce is so popular there's a waiting list to purchase subscriptions to his Manor-area farm. Shares cost $20 per share for a season that runs May through August and "Best of Austin"-award-winning home delivery is available. The farmers request you use e-mail to put your name on their waiting list.

Tierra Antigua Farm

Carlos and Suzanne Santos

605 Opal Lane

Kyle, Texas 78640


Both the Tierra Antigua farmstand and subscription share operation re-opened in October. Out of the 10 shares available for the fall season, six are already confirmed at press time, so sign up quickly. The cost is $20 per share, and it's possible to sign up on a weekly basis or for the whole season. Tierra Antigua is organic in practice but not certified as yet. Shareholders are encouraged to attend a potluck at the farm on October 27.

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