"...The first melons of the year are beginning to come in. Two Happy Children Farm will be bringing the first cantaloupes of the season to the Barton Creek Market and the Cedar Park Market this Saturday..."
"...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. Peaches are gone from all area Farmers markets..."
"...It’s not often I have a news item this spectacular: Apples! Texas-grown apples have arrived at the Barton Creek Farmers Market, courtesy of Top O’ Texas Orchards. These beauties are very flavorful and hug the border between sweet and crisp..."
"...In recent weeks, I feel have not given enough space to the stars of the Farmers’ Markets, the vegetables...."
"...Artichokes are in! Two Happy Children Farm (Downtown) and Winfield Farm (Barton Creek) will both be bringing the season’s first artichokes to market this Saturday. Winfield Farm will also be bringing big gorgeous heads of crispy Romaine lettuce...."
"...Though it is freezing today, Saturday is going to be sunny and near 70 degrees in the afternoon, if you can even believe it. These cold snaps have been very hard on area farmers; if you like the fact that Austin has Farmers’ Markets, come out this weekend and show your support...."
"...The cold air might wither the squash blossoms, but it won’t get cold enough to damage the squash, or the tomatoes or the peppers.....at least it isn’t predicted to. Fruitful Hill Farm will be bringing the first of this years (outdoor-grown) cucumbers to market on Saturday, at the Barton Creek Market and the Sunset Valley Market...."
"...(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..."
"...Well, I will be the first to admit, there are some defects to the system of writing the Farmers Market Report the day before the market, and here is one of them: there was no lettuce at last weeks market, even thought there had been plenty the week before...."
"...In an email interview with Cameron Molberg, general manager of Coyote Creek Farm & Mill, I asked him to give a brief nonprofessional’s explanation of some of the terms thrown around in scholarly chats and grocery store adventures. He explains that a combination of marketing and federal regulations of the industry complicate the already intricate nature of food labels..."
"...Is this not the absolutely cutest farmers market picture ever??!?! Well, it's up there, anyway. First, the weather: It is going to be hot and humid tomorrow, so shop early if you can...."
"...Rainy Saturday mornings are wonderful, because parking is great and there are no crowds, even when it’s just a tiny drizzle. (Of course, if it’s pouring, it’s best to wait until it lets up.)We've just learned that in anticipation of rain, Confituras and Dai Due will not be at the farmers' markets this Saturday, but instead will hold a pop-up market at the Spirited Foods Kitchen (1208 W..."
"...Wolosin honed in on a niche- and his newfound passion- and began using his marketing expertise to grow the family business. He branched out from selling at small farmers’ markets in Abilene and the Dallas area and began building a formidable goat empire here in Central Texas...."
"...The other Saltburst flavors (orange, garlic, chipotle, All Spiceburst, Cracked Malabar) have legions of devotees, too. Available at Farm to Market...."
"...Cissi's Market1400 S. Congress, 225-0521 Monday-Saturday, 8am-8pm; Sunday, 8am-5pm www.cissismarket.com..."
"...He and his wife, Gloria, and their eight children live on 300 acres near Garfield. Fans of Alexander Family Farm Eggs line up at Fresh Plus, Wheatsville, and Farm to Market every week..."
"...Of course I must report on the Mueller Farmers Market! It was beyond packed--that area of town (Flightpath) has needed a farmers market for a long time, and everyone and their grandmother came out for the opening. I got there at around ten-thirty (thirty minutes after opening) and just about everyone was sold out of most everything..."
"...I looked at it, I'm a Republican: "Smart Growth – that's just a bunch of communists." I'm being facetious. But that's people who want to control the marketplace and how people want to develop..."
"...Persimmons have got to be the most sensuous fruit on earth, it is hard for me to believe that I had never tasted one until two years ago. DON’T FORGET to bring a cardboard box or sturdy basket to the market to get them home in; so far I have only managed to get 2/3 of them home unbroken, they are so ripe they practically explode under the slightest pressure![image-1]..."
"...When releasing a film digitally, directors and producers are left to promote their own work. Wilson explains, "The fact is that the filmmaker's resources, network, and energy are very nearly, if not completely, exhausted by the time their film reaches the market." Enter Devolver, whose connections with the digital distribution of video games makes them well-suited to market to the expanding demographic of the "gamer," which pretty much includes anyone with a phone these days...."
"...Tom "Smitty" Smith, Public Citizen's Texas director, outlined goals for an increased share for renewables in the state's overall energy portfolio, and increased state funding of renewable development, in a talk he conducted on working with the Legislature. Smith specifically mentioned the urgent need to build electric transmission lines to facilitate Texas' nation-leading but still underutilized wind power capabilities, comparing the societal need for the transmission lines to Texas' need years ago to build farm-to-market roads..."
"...There will be tomatoes aplenty this weekend at the market, as vines have bounced back from October’s hot, humid start, and torrential finish...."
"...The Sunday morning farmers markets are thriving in spite of the August heat. This is the time of year that the Mueller Market really benefits from the shade of the gigantic airplane hangar it nestles under..."
"...Since winter has been hanging on so long this year, really making us wait for change to spring vegetables, I thought I would write about the great variety of pastured meats available to us at our local farmers’ markets. Texas is a ranching state, and we are blessed with numerous small, local ranching operations that have been quick to change to healthier, more humane, sustainable models. [image-1] Pastured meats come from animals raised out-of-doors, grazing on grass and able to walk about..."
"...There are going to be Hill Country peaches at the markets this weekend! The peach crop is going to be small this year, even tiny -- but there are going to be some. The terribly dry conditions have concentrated the peach flavors; the ones I bought last weekend from Markley Family Farm had amazing, intense flavor and color...."
"...Those young stalks of rhubarb pictured above are from the STAR table at the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, and Mr. Star says that he will have even more this Saturday..."
"...The local greenhouse tomatoes are pouring into the Farmers’ Markets, and here is the photographic evidence. These are the heirloom tomatoes sold on Sundays at the Bluebonnet Farmers’ Market at the South Star of Texas table...."
"...It is also citrus season. All area markets have organic oranges and ruby red grapefruits from the Rio Grande Valley, available at the Johnson’s Backyard Garden tables..."
"...This week at the markets you will be sure to find sweet peppers, lettuce, butternut squash, carrots, okra, sweet potatoes, and sweet Texas 1015 onions...."
"...These beauties are from the Downtown SFC Farmers Market at Republic Square. [image-1] It’s Official: 2 Happy Children Farm does indeed have a fall crop of sweet corn. As far as I am concerned this is a total miracle - the ears are big, the kernels are sweet, and it’s very fresh; I tasted an ear at the market and it tasted like it was picked that morning..."
"...There is so much news this week that I am freaking out! The absolutely biggest news this week is that a new farmers market is opening!..."
"...The quality and variety of produce at the farmers’ markets is unparalleled right now. Asparagus, young spinach, golden beets, bunching onions, strawberries, baby carrots, celery tops, radishes, kale, parsnips, lettuces, and more are all vigorous and without blemish...."
"...To make it even more magical, a few spring crops like sweet corn, pea shoots, and strawberries will be at the farmers’ markets, too. [image-1] Although I reported last week that Farmer John from 2 Happy Children Farm would have sweet corn, he had to postpone for a week. Actually this weekend will be the final weekend for his miracle sweet corn (Barton Creek Farmers Market and Cedar Park Farmers Market).2 Happy Children will also have gorgeous sweet peppers, lettuce, pie pumpkins and butternuts...."
"...It’s hot. Time for ice-cold cubes of watermelon from 2 Happy Children Farm, ice cold peaches from Lightsey Farms (or Caskey’s Orchard at Barton Creek Market), ice-cold cucumbers from Fruitful Hill Farm, and ice cold boiled shrimp with cocktail sauce from K & S Seafood (Downtown and Mueller) or Concha’s Seafood (Sunset Valley)...."
"...Probably the biggest news this week is that the SFC Markets (Downtown and Sunset Valley) now have a fishmonger! Yvonne Cavazos of Concha’s Salsas has been driving to South Texas every week to get tomatoes and peppers for her salsas. She realized what a great opportunity she had to swing by the coast and get fresh seafood to sell while she was there..."
"...Tomatoes are still plentiful and inexpensive, with excellent flavor. Most of the farmers are selling out by the end of the market, but there are plenty...."
"...Flowers are entering their finest season in Central Texas, and it is now possible to get amazing locally grown bouquets at all the markets. Prices range from $7-15, and you can’t get fresher, longer-lasting flowers anywhere...."
"...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..."
"...Fruitful Hills Farm has beaten all the other farmers to the punch, and brought the first zucchini and yellow crookneck squash of the season to last week’s market, and they have more to bring this Saturday (Sunset Valley and Barton Creek)...."
"...The weather is going to be hot this weekend, so I recommend getting to the markets as early as possible. The forecast is 102˚ both Saturday and Sunday..."
"...By the time I got to the 2 Happy Children Farm table last week, the cantaloupes were all sold out; this week, there should be enough to last all day. They will also have seedless watermelons (Barton Creek Market and Cedar Park Market)...."
"...The weather doesn’t get any better than this! Four to six inches of rain, cool (but not freezing) temperatures, and sunny and breezy to boot! This is the weather that vegetables adore, and it is still too early in the season for the bugs to be wreaking havoc. All the produce at the Farmers Markets is going to be absolutely gorgeous this weekend...."
"...Although I have yet to see it with my own eyes, Farmer Willie McKemie is bringing tender, young asparagus to the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market and the Mueller Farmers’ Market. You have to get there early, though..."
"...If you didn’t get your sweet corn this year, you have now officially missed the boat. No one at any of the markets has sweet corn anymore..."
"...There are numerous Easter festivities planned at the markets for the small fry, and I am hoping it will be fine enough for them to happen. How about this? Dry mornings and torrential rains overnight? It could happen! (If it does I am totally going to try to take credit.)..."
"...The big news this week is that three! count ‘em three! of our Austin area farmers markets are relocating their operations this week!..."
"...The Sunday farmers markets were tough last weekend, weather-wise, due to that icy polar wind just whipping across town...."
"...K & S Seafood has some gorgeous specimens. Easy to prepare, soft shell crabs make a great sandwich: just roll in seasoned flour, fry in butter, and serve on buttered French bread. [image-2] Richardson Farms at the Barton Creek Market sets aside a small area of their table for J.J.’s Good Things: prepared mustards, hot sauces, and pickles..."
"...At Barton Creek Market, 2 Happy Children Farm and Fruitful Hill Farm will both have sweet corn, as will Boggy Creek Farm on the Eastside...."
"...I hinted in this space last week that I have decided to change my reporting “beat”, and cover all of the weekend Austin farmers markets (sorry Cedar Park, you are a different town). That means, the Downtown SFC Market, the Barton Creek Farmers Market, the Sunset Valley Farmers Market, the HOPE Farmers Market, the Mueller Farmers Market, and the new Highland Mall Farmers Market..."