CrownFox Farms is a Certified Wildlife Habitat on the periphery of East Austin. In the past year, the property acquired six beehives. Now, three acres among the twenty-acre total area are active with bees, wildlife and wildflowers. Owners Sarah King and Deano Jones hope to continue growing the positive ecological impact of the farm, so I was ecstatic about helping create more buzz by visiting the bees. [Read more…]
Spring in Central Texas stirs up an urge to relive outdoor traditions, like live music and grilled foods. To that end, Farmgrass and Simmons Family Farms have harvested an idyllic farm setting in Niederwald, Texas to host this year’s Farmgrass Fest on May 3, 2015.
Just over thirty minutes south of Austin, you’ll experience the farm fresh aromas of the grill and scenic views to bring you close to the land and the farmers whose hands pull the roots from the ground.
I tried to limit the number of times I used the word community and some version of the word farm within the bounds of this story. The fact is, those two words are the sum of what Farmgrass is. [Read more…]
Living in Austin provides the wonderful opportunity to regularly come across people who put their heart and soul into helping others and the environment.
If you ever find yourself between Austin and Lockhart, you may run into a couple of these folks. Mike and Vanessa Torres run Heart of Gold Farm in Dale, Texas.
Mike and Vanessa grow tons of fresh, organic food for the underprivileged using aquaponic farming methods, which use about 95% less water and 1/3 of the energy conventional farming methods require. Aquaponic farming takes waste produced by fish or other aquatic animals and uses it to provide nutrients to plants being grown hydroponically. [Read more…]
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” –Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1842
I couldn’t agree more with Mr. Hawthorne, and I’m convinced he was specifically talking about autumn in the Hill Country. Fall here is its own unique kind of wonderful.
Maybe it’s the way the hills light up as the sun sets and gives way to cooler nights, or maybe it’s the fact that we feel like we’ve waited an eternity for some sort of relief from the sweltering heat, anything that would allow us to wear boots and scarves and flannel shirts. (You know dressing up is your favorite thing about fall, too.) [Read more…]
Journey three miles from the Texas Capitol and you will find yourself at an unexpected urban farm. Owners and farmers Glenn and Paula Foore have harvested quite the business venture, brought together by food, surrounded by the bustle of the budding streets of East Austin and cinched by a foundation of nearly 20 local and successful restaurateurs.
A windy bike ride down the Drag and through downtown brought us to the Austin Farmers Market this past Saturday morning. The Market runs every Saturday from 9 AM-1 PM at Guadalupe and 4th (Republic Square Park). You can’t miss it.
Seattle (where the Austinot moved from at the end of 2011) has an extraordinary number of farmers markets year-round and takes great pride in every one. My personal opinion is that the Austin Farmers Market rivals or surpasses what I experienced in Seattle.
Fruits and vegetables, bread and bakery items, meat, honey, cheeses…the Austin Farmers Market has it all. [Read more…]