"...But the avenue is now the busiest boulevard in the city, trendy spots are de rigueur, and Cissi's practically exemplifies the "new" South Congress. It's been on the scene for a couple of years now, but management has changed and the market/coffee bar/grocery/takeout is evolving..."
"...Farmers Sams at Full Quiver Farm has had rather low yields to sell the last few weeks, but now production will be going up for a bit. Get there early to score, his milk sells out quickly no matter how much he brings. [image-6] If you are still stalling on buying your Halloween and pie pumpkins, get it together; Halloween is only a little over a week away! 2 Happy Children Farm and STAR Farmstand (both at Barton Creek Market) have pumpkins, and they don’t cost $8 each (yes, that is a bit of a dig at a local grocery which shall remain nameless, but you know who you are.) [image-7] Fresh lettuce is coming into all area markets, and the heads are getting to be respectable sizes, too..."
"...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..."
"...A recent image revamp features a new label: “a goat with seed eyes and a wheat beard to represent the whole package.” The wide array of products is wonderful, but Wolosin explains that their green practices and belief in freshness means the selection is sometimes limited. As many farmers’ market vendors are aware, competing with grocery stores is impossible because of the seasonal changes in available produce, but Wolosin believes this makes the beautiful yield of eating, shopping, and supporting local businesses a treasure..."
"..."In the past, we had provided used frying oil, leftover corn, and out-of-date chips to ranchers and farmers for use in animal feed. But when the price of gasoline went up and Kim asked if we'd be willing to give him our used oil to make biodiesel, I was happy to provide it to him," explains Centeno, whose quality el Lago products are available at most grocery stores across Central Texas and who's a firm believer in being a responsible member of the food continuum that includes farmers, producers, retailers, and consumers..."
"...They are not the easiest squash to grow in this climate, but 2 Happy Children Farm, STAR Market, and a few others have managed. As a special bonus, pumpkin prices are lower at the Farmers Markets than at the more pricey area grocery stores. [image-5] The ducks are molting, and that means fewer duck eggs; it is such a drop in production, that Munkebo Farm (Austin’s main supplier of duck eggs) is mainly selling their eggs at the Downtown SFC Market on Saturday..."
"...Windy Hill Farm, also at HOPE, has a ton of garlic for sale. I always like to buy my garlic locally when I can, because it grows around here for one thing, moreover, most of the garlic in grocery stores comes from China..."
"...It’s hard to believe any farmers pull it off! But like I said, these two outfits have done the impossible. The Texas celery is much more flavorful than the grocery store stuff, and contains a ton more soluble sodium, it is really pretty amazing..."
"...Brenton Johnson, of Johnson's Backyard Garden, easily the largest grower and supplier of organic produce to the local community through its community supported agriculture (CSA) program, farmers' market booths, and sales to restaurants and grocery stores..."
"...Another item everyone’s got in spades is cilantro. It’s cheaper and leafier at the farmers market than it ever is in the grocery stores; right now is the perfect time to make your own salsa! It is that magic time of year that only happens in the late fall and the late spring, when tomatoes, peppers, onions, and cilantro can all be purchased (or harvested from the home garden) at the same time..."
"...Making stock is sometimes hard to fit into your schedule when you have a full-time job. Sadly, the stocks available at the grocery store are little better than salty water, when compared to a robust, home made stock..."
"...The grocery department has been greatly expanded, ending another pet peeve: that one often had to go to a regular HEB immediately after shopping at Central Market to get paper towels, pet food, zipper storage bags, aspirin, and the like. Now there are at least one brand of most normal grocery items, and dog food and laundry detergent are going to be available in bulk. [image-1] The whole Bulk Department, in fact, has been expanded in answer to customer demand..."
"..."Their information teaches you how to maximize each bushel and they support local producers. They are a unique business wanting to see other businesses thrive, and they keep me out of the grocery store during the work week."..."
"...According to Alexander, local activists zeroed in on Wheatsville because of their uniquely democratic process. Although there has been social media pressure on Whole Foods, Central Market, and Trader Joe's, none of the grocery chains have opted to take a position on the controversy..."
"...More than 89,000 low-income residents of urban Travis County live one mile or more from the nearest grocery store, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture..."
"...One of the unfortunate by-products of our food system is that grocery stores often choose to close less profitable stores in poorer neighborhoods, creating what is called a "food desert," where wholesome food is harder to come by than in prosperous areas. Indeed, even stores that don't close often cut down or eliminate fresh fruits and vegetables, as they are more of an operating expense than shelf-stable foods...."
"...In a grocery cooperative, this means that members are able to purchase high-quality foods for the lowest possible price. Wheatsville has long been a leader in offering Fair Trade, organic, sustainable, and ecologically sound products; they have also been instrumental in fostering many local farms, ranches, and small businesses..."
"...When the jewel of a store Farm to Market Grocery opened on South Congress in July 2005, there were plenty of treasures to ogle and covet from various corners of the city. Some were old favorites (Sabor, Sisters SASS), and others were newly birthed delicacies, like Saltburst..."
"...Pepper's Green Olive Muffaletta Mix knows NOLA. The company, which has a stall at the farmers' market and has mix at the Farm to Market Grocery on SoCo, will donate $1 to the Red Cross for each sale for the entire month of September..."
"...Available for $5.99 at Whole Foods, Central Market, Grape Vine Market, Farm to Market Grocery, Tears of Joy Hot Sauce Shop, and Cissi's Market www.austinslowburn.com..."