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Monthly Archives: November 2008

Who Will Spend the Millionth Dollar at AFM?

For the first time in its history, the Austin Farmers’ Market is poised to become a million-dollar venture, with proceeds for 2008 slated to cross a cool million tomorrow. The person determined to be the millionth-dollar spender in the contest the Sustainable Food Center folks have organized will leave with a basket of goodies as [...]

Texas Eats: Apples

Didn’t think of Texas as a big apple state? It’s not, though a fledging industry exists. This apple came from Apple Country Orchards in the High Plains, near Lubbock. Although one 1905 catalog listed 17,000 apple varieties grown in the U.S., by the 1960’s the country had a near Red Delicious monoculture. While this variety [...]

Local Highlights at Revamped Cissi’s Market

Cissi’s Market on SoCo in downtown Austin had a reawakening of sorts last week. Its concept has shifted and now it’s still a neighborhood grocer, but it’s a “food-driven wine bar,” too. Change is good, we can all agree these days. Best of all? There’s a lot of local on Cissi’s new, small-plates menu. On [...]

One Really Sweet Sale

Today, tomorrow, and Saturday, Lammes Candies is taking 10% off its “Texas Chewie” pecan pralines. The Austin-born company has been making these candies for 101 years, making them a truly iconic Texas treat. The sale makes it a great time to stock up on boxes to give to holiday-party hosts and send as holiday presents [...]

Texas Eats: Meyer Lemons

If you travel to the southern part of the state, you might find these under the alias of “Valley lemons,” since they thrive in the warm climes along the Rio Grande. The fruit is the same, though: It’s a sweeter, more subtly flavored variety of the familiar, pucker-inducing lemon. It’s rind is thinner, too, and [...]

Viva Texas Pecan Truffles

At Viva Chocolato! at the Domain in Austin, a case of decadent desserts can seem overwhelming. Going local narrows the choices, though. All of the truffles on the white trays toward the bottom of the display case are house-made. (The staff will happily point you in their direction if you forget.) But this one takes [...]

Texas Eats: Avocadoes

Avocadoes aren’t a huge crop for Texas, though they’re not insignificant, either, bringing in some $50,000 per year. They grow on large, evergreen trees that don’t tolerate the cold. Even a moderate frost can kill a tree, so avocado production in Texas is limited to the southern part of the state, especially parts of the [...]

New “Farmers Market” in East Collin County?

A new market opened last month in the Dallas suburb of Murphy. Called Sprouts, it’s a retailer that specializes in “farm fresh produce, purchased from local growers when possible,” according to the press release. Sprouts Farmers Market is a company based in Arizona that now has some two-dozen locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Texas, [...]

Explosion at Dripping Springs Vodka Distillery

A distillery exploded as a man worked on it Friday morning in Dripping Springs, some 20 miles southwest of Austin. The distillery, at San Luis Spirits, which makes Dripping Springs Vodka, was destroyed, and the man who’d been working on it was air-lifted to San Antonio with serious burns.

Special Farmer’s Market Today at Mueller (Austin)

The Sustainable Food Center is taking the Austin Farmers’ Market on the road today. After the regular morning market downtown, a repeat performance will take place from 3 until 7 under the Browning Hangar (4550 Mueller Blvd.) at the old Mueller airport, near I-35 and Airport Blvd. The entire market will be transported for this [...]