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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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Celebrate Fall with a Local Farm

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It’s fall and it’s raining and everything is green, which is a little odd, but I’ll take it. What better way to celebrate than to head to a local farm!

This weekend, you have the opportunity to visit three local farms, meet the farmers and share some great food.

Johnson’s Backyard Garden (9515 Hergotz Lane) is having their annual potluck on Saturday, 10/17 from 3 pm – dark. True to its name, this local farm started as a backyard garden and has transformed into a full-fledged farm. There will be farm tours, games, and music from Gringo Sol. They ask that you bring a dish to share, your own place setting, something to drink, and something to sit on. Please leave your canine friends at home. All people are welcome, so feel free to invite others.

Saturday night (10/17, 6-10 pm), Rain Lily Farm (914 Shady Lane) and Farm House Delivery are hosting a Cuban Pig Roast featuring a hog from Full Quiver Farms. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required. You can email or call 512-529-8569 to buy your ticket. I am so excited about this that I bought my ticket about 3 minutes after reading the e-mail. I love the grounds at Rain Lily Farm and have yet to have anything but delicious food when visiting there.

Finally, on Sunday (10/18, 5:30-8:30 pm), Montesino Ranch in Wimberly is hosting a “good weather” potluck. There will be a farm tour and usually some form of entertainment like local musicians or a movie. It is open to the public so please invite your friends and family.Bring a dish for 6 people and pack for a picnic. Call 512-847-7393 for more details.

I will be attending the Johnson’s Backyard Garden & Farm House Delivery events on Saturday and I hope to see you there!

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Pick Your Own Strawberry Bliss

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040909_1We are in the height of strawberry season and last week there were several vendors selling delicious berries.

Markley Family Farm in New Braunfels was selling berries at the market, but also advertising their u-pick service.  What a great outing with the family!
If you are interested in picking your own berries off the vine, call them at (830) 629-4877 or e-mail them at  
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