"...The above photo says it all: autumn apples (in this case Pink Ladies from the JBG stand) right next to spring beets, beet greens, and young cabbages, with a crate of sweet potatoes in the distance...."
"...Johnson’s Backyard Garden lost so many crops to the Arctic blasts that Brenton has brought in some organic Washington State apples to augment his CSA boxes, and they are available at the JBG farmstands, too. These are nice, hard apples, very crisp, but sweet rather than tart..."
"...When ordering at ADP, it’s possible to enjoy a tomato from one of many Austin farms from which they source, including Springdale and Johnson’s Backyard Garden, another East Side urban farm that provides locally grown, USDA Organic vegetables to Austin restaurants. Luckily, ADP was stocked with some fresh green tomatoes from JBG...."
"...Cedar Park Farmers’ Market will have a scavenger hunt for the kids from 10am-Noon, with Easter and spring prizes for the kids. [image-3] The HOPE Farmers' Market will probably be livelier than usual, as they will be hosting a super fun Easter egg, vegetable, and toffee hunt. Children can find real farm eggs from Windy Hill Farms, fresh veggies from JBG, and homemade taffies from Curious Confections..."
"...There was a spot of bother last week concerning the Pink Lady apples from Washington State that the JBG stands were selling; even though they were clearly marked as being an organic import from the Northwest, many farmers and market organizers agreed that they weren’t local enough. Farmer Johnson has pulled them from his stands, though he will continue to sell G & S Organic citrus from the Rio Grande Valley...."
"...Of course, I would absolutely lose my mind with happiness if they brought them all the time, or even for a season; but when pressed as to whether they would be available this weekend, the cashier did not know. So fresh and shiny! I hope they carry them for a while. [image-10] When I saw the JBG had tomato starts out for sale, I thought they were jumping the gun..."
"...The joint was absolutely packed and though I was 15 years too young and the only white person in the building, no one noticed me because all eyes were on the band. The singer, JBG, aka Jonny B..."
"...Even Svehla agreed that being asked to reduce the price is a fairly common practice that local producers are willing to accommodate, but that there are limits. He explained that after meeting with Whole Foods buyers post-acquisition, "We [JBG] can't make it work with Whole Foods with our current prices."..."
"...Hairston Creek Farm will have organic strawberries, lettuce, green garlic, spinach, and onion scapes at the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market, the Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market, and the Mueller Farmers’ Market. [image-2] The artichokes are coming in; JBG has small ones at all area markets, and there are a few other farmers who have planted them. Two Happy Children Farm expect to have some in a couple of weeks; they had several acres devoted to artichokes this year, but sadly, they are north of Austin and those late freezes we had really did a number on them..."
"...Strawberries will be coming to you from Farmer Brenton Johnson of Johnson’s Backyard Garden, who sells at all area markets. There aren’t a lot of strawberries, so get there early; JBG should have them until the first freeze, and maybe after that if it is a light freeze. [image-2] I ran into Farmer Johnson at the Mueller Market last Sunday, and he had lots of additional news..."
"...It’s hard not to eat it all in the car on the way home from the market! [image-9] Dai Due Butcher Shop is completely newsworthy this week, because they are going to have Chile Verde Sausage! ($12/lb.) Typically, this most popular product is only available twice a year when the cilantro and poblano seasons overlap. This fragrant, savory and versatile sausage is made from the very last of the cilantro (Tecolote Farm) and the first of the season poblano peppers (JBG) with fresh oregano, garlic, and jalapeños mixed in...."
"...Speaking of Farmer Johnson, he still has those wonderful spring parsnips this week at the JBG stands. Last week, he still had the organic oranges and grapefruits, but I didn’t have enough cash to get any..."
"...Next, she showed us how to raw pack some JBG carrots for the refrigerator. She seemed even more excited with these next three recipes, and the feeling was contagious..."
"...In the fruit department, STAR Farmers Market (Barton Creek and Highland Mall) have early strawberries (which are super sweet, due to the cold) and if the citrus guys show up (they didn’t last weekend) there should be tangerines from Orange Blossom Farm (Barton and Highland) and grapefruits and oranges at all markets, at the JBG stands...."
"...I bought a sack last weekend and these grapefruits are just fantastic, and what a deal. Sometimes JBG will be having oranges too. [image-2] Swede Farm Dairyhas a new product that is just about the best thing I have ever had: Pesto and Pepper Torte, made with basil pesto, chevre, and roasted red peppers..."
"...I expect we will continue to be inundated with squash. Later varieties of apples ought to be showing up around now too (I am looking at YOU Bat Creek Farms), and if I know Brenton Johnson, JBG will have broccoli, cauliflower, and sweet potatoes, as well as a variety of greens...."