Spring and summer crops mean farmstands and farmer's markets are opening; Food Editor Virginia B. Wood gives the lowdown.

Farmer's Market Openings

Spring and summer crops mean farmstands and farmer's markets are opening, so look for fresh produce at the following places from now through late July unless otherwise specified:

Montopolis Recreation Center: 1200 Montopolis Dr., 385-8743; Wednesdays, 8am-noon, managed by the Sustainable Food Center, call 236-0074 for more info.

Asian-American Cultural Center: 11713 Jollyville, 336-5069; Wednesdays, 10am-1pm, also managed by SFC.

Tres Chic: 10804 Ridgeway, in Jonestown, 267-4327; Saturdays, 10am-2pm, also managed by SFC.

Westlake Farmer's Market: 4100 Westbank Dr., 280-1976; Saturdays, 10am-1pm, area growers, food and flower vendors, all year.

Tierra Antigua Farm: 605 Opal Ln., in Kyle, 512/ 268-1406,; Saturdays, 9am-1pm; naturally grown vegetables, melons, peaches, and flowers.

Tecolote Farm: 16301 Decker Lake Rd., 276-7008,; Sundays, noon-3pm; certified organic produce.

Boggy Creek Farm: 3414 Lyons, 926-4650,; Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-2pm; certified organic produce, flowers, value-added products, books, all year.


If you can't make it to Central Market or Fonda San Miguel to see legendary California restaurateur Alice Waters during her visit this week, drop by the gourmet room at Gardens (1818 W. 35th, 451-5490) this afternoon, May 9, between 5 and 7pm for a booksigning complete with refreshments from recipes from Waters' new book, Chez Panisse Fruit. Browse the extraordinary selection of imported gourmet food and gift items while you wait to get your book signed... No sooner had we reported on the new Russian deli and grocery in the farmer's market than they pulled up stakes and moved. Look for Gastronom in their new location at 5523-B Balcones Drive (459-1449). They are open in the new spot Tuesday-Friday from noon to 7pm, and on Fridays & Saturdays from noon to 5pm... Treat Mom at one of these special upcoming events: a gourmet luncheon at Fall Creek Vineyards (1820 CR 222, in Tow, 915/379-5361, presented by chef Jason Felton this Sunday, May 12, with seatings at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Reservations required; Truluck's (400 Colorado, 482-9000) Executive Chef Johnny Carino teams up with the GrapeVine Market guys for a wine lover's dinner this Monday evening, May 13, at 7pm, four courses with wines for $55. Reservations required; also that evening, there's another wine dinner just up the street at Jean-Luc's Bistro (705 Colorado, 494-0033), where newly engaged chef Shawn Cirkiel will feature a Northern California-inspired dinner with wines by Domaine Chandon, where Cirkiel worked for two years before returning home to Austin to open his own restaurant. Call for reservations on this one, too... We'd like to extend our congratulations to the Junior League of Austin; their fundraising cookbook Necessities & Temptations was recently named to the Walter S. McIlhenny Hall of Fame for community cookbooks... And more congratulations go to Bowie High School culinary student Megan Meyer, who was a first-place winner in the Texas State Foodservice/Culinary Arts competition held in late April in Corpus Christi, according to program director chef Richard Winemiller. Megan will represent Texas in the national competition in Minneapolis in July and hopes to participate in a local restaurant intern program this summer, as well. We wish her the best of luck!

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