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Monthly Archives: July 2008

In the News: “Superstores squeezing out vendors as China modernizes”

In Sunday’s Insight section, the Austin American-Statesman ran a fascinating excerpt from Serve the People, a new book by Jen Lin-Liu.  It seems traditional markets in China are losing ground to corporate businesses just like they did here.  Even worse, though, the coming Olympics may be hastening the process.

Texas Eats: Ice Cream

Now that I’ve tasted Brazos Supreme goat-milk ice cream, my life may never again feel complete without it.  We found it last week at Central Market’s northern location in Austin, and it was really that good.  It’s the first comercially produced variety I’ve found that’s made in Texas with goat milk – and the goats [...]

In the News: “Lazy Locavores”

Local is the latest fashion, so the uber-wealthy are finding ways to make it their own according to a report last week by Kim Severson in the New York Times.  In San Franciso, an on-the-go gardener is making the most of the trend by contracting with city dwellers to plant, tend, and harvest their gardens [...]

Map of Plenty

Where bison, chile peppers, gators, and cornbread & BBQ converge… that’s where you’ll find me.  This cool food-tradition map comes from the folks at the Renewing America’s Food Traditions Coalition.  The “totem foods” represented here, they explain, “are more than just important commodities — community feasts, household rituals, song, stories and the nutritional well-being of [...]

In the News: Free-Range Shrimp

In yesterday’s Austin American-Statesman, Helen Anders reported on Gulf shrimpers and how they’re faring against competition from farmers and importers.  She tells us that about 90% of the shrimp Americans eat is imported.  But on South Padre Island, where her story takes place, the scampi, ceviche, and tacos all boast locally harvested shrimp.

Texas Eats: Summer Squash

Some people know summer squash all too well.  Those yellow crook-necked specimens must be the most-shared product of home gardens when they’re in-season, though they’re never as easy to give away as tomatoes and berries.  Zucchini is just another version of summer squash and its reputation has so soured over the years that it’s been [...]

“Farms in the Sky Gain New Interest”

In the New York Times last week, Bina Venkataraman reported on growing interest in skyscraper farms — that’s farms located in skyscrapers (not farms that grow skyscrapers).  At the website of the Vertical Farm Project, you can see what one such farm might look like and read about how the 80% of the world’s population [...]

Friday Special: Lone Star Kolaches

Kolache, pastries brought to Texas by eastern European immigrants, have been around these parts long enough to be considered a local delicacy in my book.  Since the very first time my husband took me to his parents’ home near Houston, we’ve stopped on the way to sample the goods at Weikel’s (”We Gotcha Kolache”) in [...]

“It’s a good time to drink beer in Texas”

In case you missed it, Lee Nichols reported in the July 4 edition of the Austin Chronicle on our state’s microbreweries.  It’s a comprehensive primer with background on seven Texas beer makers and a rundown of brewpubs, too.

Texas Eats: Figs

Figs are here!  I purchased a package of them from Marysol of Hands of the Earth farm on Saturday at the Austin Farmers’ Market downtown.  “It’s a great fig year,” Marysol told me, meaning that her trees are bearing heavily.  This is great news if you know figs, but an unofficial survey reveals that many [...]