"...All I've baked so far has been cornbread to eat with purple hull peas, heirloom tomatoes, and watermelon, but there should be blackberry/peach cobbler any day now. Cooking with the bounty of summer crops brings to mind how the local farm-to-table connection has blossomed here in the past few years, despite two years of extraordinary drought..."
"...The Farmer and the Grill: A Guide to Grilling, Barbecuing and Spit-Roasting Grassfed Meat and for saving the planet one bite at a timeby Shannon Hayes (self-published, 168 pp., $21.95) available at www.grassfedcooking.com..."
"...43rd, 451-1218) celebrates their first anniversary next week and will serve complimentary cake and champagne to customers on July 18 and 19. Also, make reservations now for Asti's July 17 Farm to Table Dinner, a four-course meal paired with wine for $48 featuring the summer fruits and vegetables of Boggy Creek Farm..."
"...Weather the last few months has been hell for Central Texas farmers: the hottest August in recorded history, little of the necessary fall rain so that they could prepare the soil for fall crops, and an early November freeze. Boggy Creek Farm (3414 Lyons Road, 926-4650) took a beating but in keeping with the old adage about turning life's lemons into lemonade, farmers Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle have bounced right back..."
"...One of our favorite harbingers of spring has to be the re-opening of the numerous farmer's markets around Central Texas. As of this week, the farmstand at Boggy Creek Farm (3414 Lyons Rd., 926-4650) has officially re-opened, and is selling its wares every Wednesday and Saturday....."
"...(Some of the closures started yesterday and will go through next Tuesday!) And yes, those are streets on one side of the Downtown SFC Farmers Market, and it probably will make getting to that market to shop more difficult. But the market will be open! If you don’t live in walking distance, I suggest taking Fifth, which does not appear on the list of closures..."
"...Farmer's Market Openings..."
"...Since purchasing Boggy Creek Farm nine years ago, organic farmers Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler have longed to purchase the land adjacent to their five-acre, East Austin-based spread. If the owners ever decided to sell the land, which encompasses less than an acre, Sayle and Butler had hoped they would get first dibs and use it to grow crops..."
"...Public reactions to initial reports of the closure of HausBar Farms (see "Communication Breakdown," Food, April 12) have ranged from unwavering support of the urban farm movement to extended discussions of the future of land use in East Austin...."
"..."The big thing recently was varroa mites," says Larry Butler of Austin's Boggy Creek Farm. Butler sells a distinctive yaupon-based honey gathered from bees on his family's land up in Gause, Texas..."
"...Locals will remember Denise as the vibrant and feisty presence in the front of the house at Jean-Luc's French Bistro, the restaurant she operated with her first husband, chef Jean-Luc Salles, from 1995 until 2001. One of Denise's most passionate projects was organizing the annual fall fundraiser for the all-volunteer nonprofit Green Corn Project – those financially successful annual tasting events on the grounds of Boggy Creek Farm were her pride and joy..."
"...6) Peach Creek Farm Berkshire Pork Bacon: Hands down the best bacon flavor I tasted all year. I made heavenly BLTs with this bacon, Boggy Creek Farm tomatoes, and Amador Farms lettuce on fresh bread from Mandola's every day for a week when tomatoes were in season last summer...."
"...Two of the more popular comestibles at my recent potluck birthday party were the Austintatious Bloody Marys made with Boggy Creek Farm Tomato Tonic and Tito's Texas Vodka (check out the recipe at austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2002-04-19/food_feature2.html ) and a new dessert called Miles of Chocolate. The chocolate delight is a cross between a dense, rich brownie and a melt-in-your-mouth dark chocolate truffle..."
"...It's hard to explain how an event somehow became so much more than the sum of its parts, transcending short-planning time, bad weather, and a weak economy to become an evening of pure old Austin magic, the kind we old-timers reminisce about and often bemoan the loss of. But that's what happened last Sunday night at the Be a Friend to the Farmhouse Benefit for Boggy Creek Farm..."
"...The sun is out and summer weather has arrived, just in time to ripen the sweet corn, tomatoes, basil, and peas at Central Texas farms and gardens. Some of the best tastes of early summer so far: sweet corn bathed in cultured butter from Vermont Butter & Cheese; cobblers made with the first peaches from Fredericksburg or Dan Wolf's huge Brazos blackberries bursting with flavor; velvety smooth hummus from the Solar Falafel company spread on fresh Phoenicia pitas with sliced vine-ripened tomatoes; a heaping bowl of Javachip ice cream from the new Starbucks line of premium ice creams doused with a jigger of Ruta Maya coffee liqueur; Emmett Fox's chef specials at Granite Cafe and the Bitter End, such as Boggy Creek Farm Roasted Vegetable Medley and paella; and Hodge Station Farm greens at the new Randalls in South Austin..."
"...What's Cooking at Boggy Creek Farm Local chefs and restaurateurs such as Bitter End's Emmet Fox, Zoot's Stewart Scruggs, Randy Salls of Kerbey Lane Restaurants, Mars pastry chef Tina Haverty and Stelline's Harvey Harris met with Central Texas growers for a pot-luck supper at Boggy Creek Farm this week. They were there to network and plan the upcoming What's Cooking in the Park Tasting Event, to be sponsored by Whole Foods Market and The Austin Chronicle on May 20 in Duncan Park downtown..."
"...• Glass2Plate Seasonal Farm Dinner & Tour Dirk and Matt showcase local food in a multicourse meal with wine pairings on the grounds of historic Boggy Creek Farm, following a 5pm farm tour. Thirty seats available; reserve via email..."
"...East Austin Urban Farm TourSunday, April 11, 1-5pm..."
"...Inspired by such visionaries as Rachel Carson, Wendell Berry, Joel Salatin, and Michael Pollan, our country is experiencing a small but important paradigm shift away from the chemical-dependent, big agribusiness, factory-farm model to one where small, sustainable family farms are once again feeding fresh, local food to their neighbors. Austin's own version of this paradigm shift was in evidence on the second floor mezzanine at BookPeople last Friday night..."