Think pink this month, gear up for winter veggie delivery, and try out organic burgers

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and events benefiting various breast cancer research organizations are ongoing all over Austin. My maternal grandmother, Winnie Kelly Walden, died of breast cancer in 1961 after a radical mastectomy and radiation treatments. Cancer treatments have improved so much in the years since Nana died that in my generation, my cousin Gayle Walden Istriche is a 10-year breast cancer survivor. Our family story is hardly unique – considering the statistic that one in eight women will have breast cancer, it would be difficult to find an American family that hasn't been touched by the disease in some way. I'm sure that's why local restaurants and businesses are rallying to the cause this month. So, in honor of a wife, a mother, a sister, a cousin, or a best friend, order some pink pancakes, buy a pink cocktail, don a pink T-shirt, or get some friends together to run for the cure, but find a way to have some fun and donate some money to improve the statistics for the next generation... Two local produce delivery businesses are accepting membership shares for their winter seasons now through Oct. 30. Seasonal membership pledges help the farmers know in advance how much to plant for the coming season. Steele Farms offers advance notice of what each weekly produce delivery will include and lets customers customize their orders online. Winter season deliveries start the first week of November; sign up at Farmhouse Delivery is currently converting its service to a membership-only model in which customers get seasonal produce from several small area growers plus the opportunity to order locally produced meats, dairy products, eggs, and fresh baked goods in addition to access to a variety of fun and educational events at Rain Lily Farm (914 Shady Ln.). For complete details and to sign up, e-mail [email protected] or call 529-8569... A few months ago, we did a story on the explosion of new local burger joints with relatively limited menus focusing on quality burgers and fries (see "Burger Bonanza," May 22). Since the story ran, both P. Terry's Burger Stand and TerraBurger have added more local outlets, and there's a brand new competitor in Austin's quality burger sweepstakes. Elevation Burger (9828 Great Hills Trail, 608-4054, touts its burgers as Austin's only certified organic, all grass-fed beef burgers. Burgers and cheese­burgers can be ordered with multiple patties on very good buns and dressed with a selection of free condiments. Thin-cut potatoes fried in olive oil and dusted with just the right amount of salt are the perfect accompaniment. Based on our first visit, the food here is fine, but the service still needs lots of work. I'm very curious to see what percentage of the local population is concerned enough about meat sources to seek out certified organic, all grass-fed burgers. Let me know what you think.

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