"...Ty Wolosin runs Windy Hill, a small farm in Comanche, Texas, but his influence in Austin grows daily. In addition to raising red Brangus cattle, pasture-raised chickens, delicious organic produce, and even selling bat guano, Wolosin’s mission is clear: encourage the public to embrace goat meat as a sustainable protein through education and by simply tasting the difference...."
"...Discussions of organic food, agricultural sustainability, and humane farming abound in circles whose fortes range from culinary masterpieces to economic growth...."
"...In keeping with the newness of fledgling 2013, I decided to try my hand cooking a new dish: slow-roasted goat leg. Since writing about Windy Hill Farm last summer, I had yet to brave the process of cooking such a great piece of meat in my own kitchen...."
"...Seventh). Ty Wolosin of Windy Hill Farm would provide the goat, already processed, while Hogue would demonstrate the techniques..."
"...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!..."
"...Nothing can weather overnight temperature shifts like cabbage, and all our Farmers’ Markets have lots of beautiful red and green cabbages. There’s nothing like German red cabbage, simmered with tart apples and cider vinegar...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...Featuring a comprehensive host of events benefiting Slow Food Austin, the Brooklyn Brewery Mash featured farmers market workshops; pop-up supper clubs; the much anticipated and quickly sold out Slow Supper, Books & Beer with Marcus Samuelsson and Jesse Griffiths at Springdale Farm; and DJ Jonathan Toubin’s famous Soul Clap and Dance-Off. I was lucky enough to attend one of the many coveted Brooklyn Mash events: the Local, 2 Ways dinner hosted at the progressive Modern American eatery, Swift’s Attic...."
"...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)...."
"...So how do cooperatives benefit communities? From their beginnings in the 17th century, cooperatives have been set up to protect the interests of the less powerful members of society – workers, consumers, farmers, and producers. Rather than being owned by a single individual or distant shareholders, cooperatives are owned by their customers and employees..."
"...Pictured above are bouquets by Prickly Pair Farm at the Mueller Farmers' Market. [image-1] Before I get into the thick of it, I want to mention that this Sunday is Farmgrass Fest ’14, a bluegrass festival taking place at Simmons Family Farms from 2-8pm. All proceeds from the festival will go into a medical emergency fund for Central Texas farmers and ranchers..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Engel Farms has been growing strawberries this winter under protective cover in sun tunnels, and they are bringing the early fruits of the crop to the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market and the Downtown Farmers Market this Saturday. There aren’t enough strawberries yet to last until the Sunday markets; even on Saturday, you’ll want to get there early...."