"...Although I generally stick to the three Saturday Farmers Markets that I usually shop at (Downtown, Sunset Valley and Barton Creek), I have covered in this space a few newsworthy Farmers Market events, such as SFC opening their Tuesday Morning Market in East Austin, and the opening of the new Sunday Mueller Farmers Market...."
"...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..."
"...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!..."
"...At the Dos Lunas stand at the Sunset Valley Farmers' Market, assisted by his daughter Elise and nephew Xavier, Avellan also sells his cheeses in hot quesadillas with a variety of fillings ($4) as well as chilled to take home...."
"...After the week’s cold weather, the farmers’ markets will be dominated by cold-loving green vegetables – broccoli, broccoli rabe, fennel, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, and kale – along with root vegetables, like carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, potatoes, and onions...."
"...The big news this week is that three! count ‘em three! of our Austin area farmers markets are relocating their operations this week!..."
"...(Sunday morning will be a little bit cooler, though still possibly damp, should you be planning to go to the HOPE Farmers Market. I went there last Sunday, and I have so much to say that I am going to have to write a whole report just about them tomorrow!)..."
"...Organic citrus has arrived at all of the Farmers’ Markets, mainly via Johnson’s Backyard Garden, which sells gigantic bags from G & S Groves out of McAllen, Texas. A few other farmers are starting to bring grapefruits, Meyer lemons, and oranges to sell from their own trees, as well...."
"...A lot of the non-root produce at the markets last weekend was looking a little frostbitten, and even the broccoli was looking a little pinched. Although it has barely gotten down to 32˚ at my house in Central Austin, there have been some hard freezes out in the country..."
"...Christian and Jamie Bowers imported a portable, wood-fired Italian pizza oven and started Bola Pizza strictly as a catering company a little more than two years ago. Bola made such a favorable impression at the Green Corn Project fundraiser in October 2010 that Sustainable Food Center's Farmers' Market Director Suzanne Santos recruited them to serve pizza at the Downtown Farmers' Market..."
"...• The Sunset Valley Artisan Market, featuring the juried works of local arts & crafts vendors, opens this weekend in the Toney Burger Center parking lot, next to the SFC Farmers' Market at Sunset Valley. Both year-round businesses are operated by the Sustainable Food Center..."
"...The column I had written about all the interesting food events sprouting up around South by Southwest got blown right off the screen when the phone at my home office began ringing about 9:30am this past Saturday morning. Both vendors and shoppers from the Sunset Valley Farmers Market were calling to tell me about signs at booths around the market announcing that it would relocate to the northeast corner of Barton Creek Square mall on March 20 and henceforward would be known as the Barton Creek Farmers Market (www.bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org, 280-1976)..."
"...No sooner were the finishing touches put on last week's very successful Stephen Is One in a Million benefit than I began getting e-mail messages that an equally important member of another local constituency is seriously ill. Gary and Sarah Rowland are one of four couples who pioneered the modern organic farm and farmers' market movement in Central Texas in the early Nineties..."
"...Pamela Boyar, founder, director, and intrepid doyenne of the Sunset Valley (formerly Westlake) Farmers Market, works hard to remedy that situation. She's orchestrated several farm tours, taking Austin chefs to visit Austin-area farms to talk with the farmers, see where and how they work, and get up close and personal with produce in its growing environment..."
"...Food People in the News Kudos to Sunset Valley Farmers Market founder/manager Pamela Boyar for the well-deserved honor she received from 400 of her peers recently. Boyar was named Farmers' Market Manager of the Year by the North American Farmers' Direct Marketing Association during their annual convention held in Austin earlier this month..."
"...The first time I met Sara Bolton and tasted Pure Luck cheese was at the "What's Cooking in the Park" event celebrating the opening of the Sixth and Lamar Whole Foods Market about 10 years ago. Local chefs and growers were paired for a tasting event, and the public loved Sara's cheese..."
"...Hudson's owner Jeff Blank reported last week that current pastry chef/chef de cuisine Kelly Casey will step into the executive chef job and Culinary Institute of America graduate McCailey Cranna will become Hudson's new pastry chef... Look for custom sausages prepared by the Kocurek Family Artisanal Charcuterie (291-4461, email@example.com) at the Austin Farmers' Market Downtown and the Triangle, Sunset Valley Farmers Market, and HOPE Farmers Market..."
"...Berkshires are prized for their tender and flavorful meat, and in addition, Peach Creek's herd is free-range. The hogs are butchered only a few days prior to Saturday's Downtown Farmers' Market, making it (probably) the freshest sausage you have ever tasted in your life (market hours 9am-1pm)...."
"...The superior flavor and popularity of the summer specials demonstrated the value of featuring local produce. And as a wider variety of seasonal items became available in the Austin market over the next two decades, Ayer invested the time, energy, and money necessary to make sure that the Kerbey Lane kitchens were able to increase the diversity of their seasonal menu offerings...."
"...Make no mistake about it, the strict and extensive food labeling rules being proposed by the Texas Department of State Health Services for the newly enacted Cottage Food Law and the proposed reclassification of farmers' markets and farm stands as food establishments are a direct assault on small, artisan businesses. Check out what Melanie Haupt has to say on our On the Range blog (see "Shut the Front Door: Proposed Rules Threaten Cottage Food Operators," Feb..."