Archive | October, 2009

Trick or Treating Farmers Market Style

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It’s time to trick or treat and the farmers markets are getting in on the action. Several of the markets this weekend (Saturday, 10/31) are celebrating Halloween with costume contests and carnivals. Grab your costume and head to the market.
The Downtown Austin Farmers Market is having a costume contest for children of all ages from 10 am to 11 am at the big blue Information tent at the Market this Saturday to show off for the judges. The best overall costume will win an Austin Farmers’ Market shopping bag chock full of market goodies! The bag will be awarded at 11 am.

Reminder: The Downtown market has returned to their non-summer hours. The Saturday market is now 9 am – 1 pm.
In South Austin, several vendors at Sunset Valley Farmers Market are celebrating Halloween with treats. If Fido or Fifi is jonesing to dress up, Happy Tails is offering treats for your pets sporting a costume.
Or, maybe you need help getting your “zombie” on. Myka Natural Cosmetics can “Zombify” (Zombie makeup) you for $20.00. That seems better than some of the alternatives I can think of for becoming a zombie.

Up North, Brushy Creek Farmers Market is having a carnival with the community center. Bring your children out for fun and games. They are having a costume contest (for people & pets), as well as face painting, crafts, games, palm reading.
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Get Your Gobble On: Order Your Local Thanksgiving Turkey Today

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Thanksgiving is just four weeks away! This year, I will be celebrating Turkey day in Las Vegas with my family and am trying not to think about the buffet lunch and what it will look like. If you will be feasting at home, it’s time to think Turkey.

I have found two options for buying a fresh, local, humanely raised turkey for your Thanksgiving meal. (If you know of others, please share.)

The first is Alexander Family Farm, just outside of Austin. They offer natural pastured Heritage and Broad Breasted White turkeys available for Thanksgiving. To order your turkey, email Kim Alexander at or call 512-247-4455. If found this interesting video, a documentary course project by Keeley Stenson, about the farm if you want to learn more about them and how they raise their poultry.

You can also order a fresh, local bird from Greenling, the organic delivery service. Greenling is getting their turkeys from Richardson Farms, a regular vendor at the Downtown, Triangle and Sunset Valley Farmers Markets. When I think of Richardson Farms, I always think of their pork and beef products and was delighted to learn that they also raise pastured poultry. If you haven’t tried the Richardson products, I highly recommend them.

The local turkeys are going fast, so place your order today to make sure you aren’t thawing a Butterball on Thanksgiving!
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Set Your Alarm Clock: Market Hours Change this Week

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The weather has cooled off and on Sunday our clocks fall back an hour, so it is time for the market hours to shift back to non-summer hours. On Wednesday, 10/28, the Triangle Farmers Market at 47th & Lamar will be open from 3 to 7 pm and on Saturday, 10/31, the Downtown Austin Farmers Market at 4th & Guadalupe will return to the hours of 9 am to 1 pm.

Because of the time change, I am shifting the start time for the Picnic in the Park that I host on the 1st Wednesday of every month to 6:00 pm. I hope you’ll join me next Wednesday, 11/4, to shop the market and enjoy a nice dinner on the lawn. Bring a chair or blanket, plates, utensils and some cash to buy goodies from the vendors. (Warning: get there early if you want a bison taco!)
Feel free to drop by or you can RSVP on my blog by clicking on the RSVP button in the right hand column.
Don’t forget to change the times on you calendar reminders and I’ll look forward to seeing you at the market!
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Flavors of Austin: Exploring Austin restaurants and supporting SFC

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If you participated in Austin Restaurant Week or Go Texan Restaurant Round-Up, you had a chance to sample some Austin restaurants from a prix fixe menu that was, in most cases, a bargain compared to their normal prices. I know I took advantage of the chance to eat at places like Aquarelle and Trio which are normally outside my budget. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do that every week?

Turns out you can! Flavors of Austin has organized a year-long restaurant exploration highlighting a new venue every week. On Sunday through Wednesday nights, you can sample a special multi-course, prix fixe menu and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Sustainable Food Center.
Some of the featured restaurants have included Franks, Satay, and Primizie Osteria. This week’s offering is from Judge’s Hill Restaurant in the beautifully restored mansion near UT on MLK Blvd. J. Black’s is featured November 1st – 4th, followed by Bess Bistro November 8th-11th.
So, you get to support the Sustainable Food Center and eat a great meal. What are you waiting for? Make reservations!
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