Second Helpings: Community-Supported Agriculture

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Gary and Sara Rowland of Hairston Creek Farm
Gary and Sara Rowland of Hairston Creek Farm (Photo By John Anderson)

Hairston Creek Farm

4300 County Rd. #335, Burnet, 512/756-8380 Burnet County farmers Gary and Sara Rowland often participate in local farmers' markets, where their certified organic produce and Sara's homemade jams, jellies, and pestos are always in demand. They also offer subscription shares for a season that runs from April through November for $25 per share.

Milberg Farm

737 Opal Ln., Kyle, 512/268-1433
Tim Miller operates a certified organic dryland farm near Kyle where he's won regional awards for his water conservation techniques. Miller offers subscription shares for seasonally available produce, preferably to families, which he will deliver in the Kyle area. When crop abundance permits, he also sells at the Westlake Farmers Market.

Oasis Gardens Community Farm

7651 Delwau Ln., 386-7636
This certified organic-farm cooperative on Austin's far east side offers monthly subscription shares for $50. Shareholders commit to five hours of farm work and receive good exercise and radiantly healthy produce in the bargain. The workday is Sunday from 10am-1pm.

Tierra Antigua Farm

605 Opal Ln., Kyle, 512/268-1406
Both the Tierra Antigua farm stand and subscription-share operation opened in October 2001. 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, and their season lasts from April to October. They produce vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, and eggs.

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