Archive | May, 2013

Hillcrest Farmers Market in San Diego

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I was visiting colleagues this weekend and we ventured out to the festive Hillcrest Farmers Market this morning before the airport.

I love the diversity of crops in California because of their temperate weather and couldn’t resist buying cherries, avocados and pluots. I also bought a bag of dried Christmas limas, some salami from Meatmen and some truffle salt. Definitely a fun morning and a great way to end a trip to San Diego.

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SFC Downtown Market Turns 10

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20130518-095858.jpgWow! It’s been 10 years. The Sustainable Food Center opened their downtown Austin market in Republic Square in 2003 and now has grown to be one of the premiere markets in the state and one of four markets that they run. I wasn’t at the market the first day it opened, but I made my way there not long after that.

I have learned so much over the years by shopping at, and writing about, the market and have made incredible friends with vendors, farmers and fellow shoppers. I’ve discovered foods I’d never heard of before (remember the kohlrabi?) and been challenged to rethink how I approach cooking. We’re fortunate to have a place where we can explore, share and celebrate right in the heart of our city.

Thanks SFC and here’s to decades more memories, learning and delicious food!
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Funkytonk Farmers Market at NATY

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Color me thrilled that a new farmers market has opened down the street from my house in North Central Austin at the North Austin Trailer Yard (NATY), 1012 W. Anderson Lane. While I love going to the larger Downtown and Cedar Park markets, it’s nice to know there is a market a little closer to home.

The inaugural Funkytonk Farmers Market included four farms, a ranch and several food artisans. Of course, it wouldn’t be a farmers market in Austin without Johnson”s Backyard Garden and I met some charming farmers from Gordon”s Natural Garden outside of Manor.

I was delighted to find lamb, pork, beef and chicken from South Star of Texas. They had a great deal of one pound of each for $32. Bargain!

And, possibly in the score of the day, one gentleman was selling Wendish noodles which are fantastic in soups. You should do yourself a favor and get some.

With the music playing, kids playing on the playground and the trailers serving up food, the Funkytonk Farmers Market is a great place to hang out on a lovely Saturday morning. I can’t wait to go back next week.

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Austin Bakes for West

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Today bloggers and bakers from around Austin and Texas (heard their is a crew coming up from Corpus Christi) are raising money for the folks in West, Texas. Buy goodies at one of f eight bake sale locations around Austin.

Whole Foods Market Bee Cave, 12601 Hill Country Blvd, Bee Cave, TX 78738
Foreign & Domestic, 306 E. 53rd Street, 78751
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 6610 N Lamar Blvd, 78757
Whole Foods Market Lamar, 525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703
Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Road, 78702
Whole Foods Market Gateway, 9607 Research Boulevard #300, 78759
Round Rock Market Days, 221 E. Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
Crema Bakery & Cafe, 9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

They are also accepting gifts online through our secure online giving page.

I bought a few goodies at the Stiles Switch location. Happy to help and have a few snack for the house!

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