"...Blackberries and peaches are starting to come in! The quantities will be small, however. Caskey Orchards will be bringing a few early peaches to the Barton Creek Market this Saturday, and Caeda Farms will be bringing this year’s first blackberries..."
"...If you haven’t stocked up on roasted Hatch chiles this year, this Sunday at the HOPE Farmers Market will be your last chance. They will be roasting New Mexico Hatch chiles from Wagner Farms at the market this weekend before your very eyes; selling them for $4 a pound...."
"...Nor are there any plums. I thought there wasn’t any lettuce anymore, but Bella Verdi Farms has hydroponic lettuce, and Flint Rock Hill Farm had a few bags of baby lettuce mesclun mix last Saturday (a bag of which I immediately snatched up, because it might very well have been the last bag of lettuce in Central Texas)..."
"...Peach season is officially over. Although initially Farmer Caskey and the Lightsey Farms believed that this years crop would hold out until Labor Day, last weekend was the end of the season..."
"...I bought several flats of tomatoes from Ottmer’s Family Farms, fennel from Johnsons’s Backyard Garden, sweet peppers from Finca Pura Vida Farm, and garlic from Sand Creek Farm, and have made four batches of Marinara this week to use all winter (altogether it made about 20 pints). If you have time or the inclination, now is the time to put up tomatoes or marinara. [image-2]..."
"...[image-3] As if a lettuce and tomato salad in midwinter alone weren’t enough, Caeda Farms (Barton Creek) has hothouse English cucumbers. English cucumbers have a very mild flavor and last an unusually long time in the refrigerator..."
"...The HOPE Farmers Market, however, will be open on Easter Sunday and will have a fun Easter egg hunt for the kids, music, and yoga. [image-1] Lettuce is still gorgeous at all the markets, as are green onions. It is way too early in the year to get bell peppers and cucumbers from regular farming (it is just about time to plant peppers, not harvest them); however Caeda Farms at the Barton Creek Market has beautiful red and yellow bell peppers from their greenhouses, as well as English cucumbers..."
"...The beauties pictured are both from the Downtown SFC Market at Republic Square; at the very top are pictured Cherokee Purples, Beefsteaks, Green Zebras and a Gold variety whose name I have forgotten. The second photograph shows tomatoes from Engel Farms in Fredericksburg, and their array includes Sungolds and Sweet 100s..."
"...McKemie of McKemie HomeGrown says that he will keep having asparagus until it gets hot, which means we have at least another week or two. I haven’t gotten to the market early enough to get any for two weeks; it really is true, you have to get there at 9 on the dot. [image-1] At the HOPE Farmers’ Market on Sunday, the HOPE farmstand also has asparagus..."
"...All area markets have organic oranges and ruby red grapefruits from the Rio Grande Valley, available at the Johnson’s Backyard Garden tables. Caeda Farms at the Barton Creek Farmers Market has Meyer lemons..."
"...Lightsey Farms DOES still have soft persimmons! Not only that, but you can buy ripe ones, OR unripe ones that will soften on your counter. I opted for the unripe ones last week, and it has worked out very well (no exploding on the way home, and one or two ripen a day)..."
"...Also okra, though it is getting scarce. There may be a few persimmons left, and possibly Caeda Farms might have a few late figs...."
"...What a way to start the day! On another morning, we opted for fruit-based refrescos from Fête Accompli paired with spicy bison tacos from Tacodeli and a marvelous slice of peach upside-down cake from Cake & Spoon. I grabbed a bag of purple hull peas, a small watermelon, and some CKC Farms herbed chevre before heading out..."
"...If you are jonesing for fresh ham steak or German sausages like I am, head Downtown to stock up. (Oh, and their breakfast links are amazing.) [image-4] Caeda Farms at Barton Creek will have blackberries again this week, and a few other farmers may have some too if you look around..."
"...The squash are slightly larger than small fingerlings in size. They will also be bringing strawberries, which are still going strong for many area farmers, including Engel Farms and 2 Happy Children..."
"...Also at Mueller is a new vendor, Wendy Town Farms. Operating out of a residential backyard in East Austin, Wendy Town Farms grows broccoli, lettuce, radishes, kale, swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, and herbs..."
"...What a perfect flavor combination for Texas-made lox. (Is there anything that isn’t improved by jalapeños? I think not.) On a toasted bagel with Full Quiver Farms cream cheese, it is a breakfast from heaven...."
"...It is just getting too hot. Lily Pad Farm aquaponics may still have lettuce, but even they are making the switch to summer herbs like basil and Italian parsley. [image-2] A few weeks ago I reported that the Ottmer Family of farms were hit very heavily by hail..."
"...[image-1] Lightsey Farms (Downtown, Sunset Valley) have the seasons first red plums, and they are wonderful! Delicious eaten out of hand, they also make amazing pie and jam. This is one Texas crop you really don’t want to miss out on. [image-2] Either this weekend or last is going to see the last o the sweet corn, so if you haven’t gotten any yet, time is running out! I have been buying too much sweet corn every week, and I can tell you from experience that it keeps nicely in the refrigerator..."
"...STAR Market, Markley Family Farm, and Caskey’s Orchard will all be selling peaches at the Barton Creek Market; Lightsey Farms will have peaches for sale at the Downtown SFC Market, the Tuesday SFC Market East, and the Wednesday Triangle Market. [image-1] I got to the Caeda Farm stand at Barton Creek by 9:30 last Saturday, but the blackberries had already sold out. This week Don and Cathy Miller promise to bring many more baskets of blackberries, so they might last until 10 o’ clock..."