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New stoves and local nonprofits garner support despite difficult economic times
Food Column  July 10, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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 Time
Farmer Shannon Hayes shares grass-fed knowledge, and all your local meat is here
Food Review  July 4, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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"

A capacity crowd of family, friends, and fans packed Book Woman last Friday night to celebrate the paperback release of Austin author Karen Stolz's delightful first novel, World of Pies.
Food Column  July 13, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

What two local farmers have done to make the best of the dismal growing season in Central Texas this year, and local restaurant changes in the works, as well as an update on the sale of Pam Made Pies.
Food Column  November 26, 1999, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Food Column  April 3, 1998, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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....."

Food editor Virginia B. Wood makes corrections on the Chronicle's recent "Barbecue Dynasties" article and updates readers on local goings-on.
Food Column  November 23, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Farm Aid..."

Farmers Market Report: November 17
Gearing up for Thanksgiving
DAILY Food  November 15, 2012, by Kate Thornberry
"...(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..."

Spring and summer crops mean farmstands and farmer's markets are opening; Food Editor Virginia B. Wood gives the lowdown.
Food Column  May 10, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Farmer's Market Openings..."

Naked City
Homes Not Jails -- or Crops
News Story  September 14, 2001, by Lauri Apple
"...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..."

Growing Pains
HausBar dispute shadows city's urban farms
News Story  April 26, 2013, by Anna Toon
"...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...."

A Taste of Honey
How we get honey now, and what might happen to the industry in the future
Food Story  June 12, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."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..."

In Memoriam
Feisty local will be missed by many
Food Story  July 18, 2008, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Virginia B. Wood's Bites
Food Story  January 5, 2007, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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...."

Virginia B. Wood fixes her French, has her eyes rolled back in her head by a delightful new dessert, and reports on the latest cooking classes in session in this week's "Food-o-File."
Food Column  July 26, 2002, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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 ) 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..."

All the right ingredients came together at a benefit for Boggy Creek Farm.
Food Column  December 7, 2001, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Food Column  June 13, 1997, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

Amy's and Mangia Give it Away
Food Column  April 28, 1995
"...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..."

Food Events
Dec. 7-13
Food Column  December 7, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...• 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..."

Back to the Future
Austin's agrarian past rises again
Food Story  April 9, 2010
"...East Austin Urban Farm TourSunday, April 11, 1-5pm..."

A capacity crowd stands up for small, sustainable family farms at Pamela Walker's book signing
Food Column  September 18, 2009, by Virginia B. Wood
"...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..."

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