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Category Archives: Origins of Food

Now for Something Different: Black Spanish Wine

A grape that’s totally different from the Merlots and Chardonnays you know, Black Spanish thrives in Texas. But does it make good wine? That’s a matter of personal choice. I enjoy the table wines and port Franklin Houser makes from it at his Dry Comal Creek winery. Get the scoop straight from Houser in this [...]

All About Texas Tempranillo

It’s true: Tempranillo grapes are yielding some of the best Texas wines these days. The wise Jim Johnson of Alamosa Wine Cellars in Bend gives the full scoop in this new video put out by the state’s Go Texan Wine program.

An Exceptional Drought

You hear and read about it in the news: Central Texas is experiencing a drought. Personally, I feel like someone’s always complaining about the weather, so I don’t always pay a lot of attention. After all, it doesn’t seem like that long ago that we Austinites lived like ducks in a record-settingly rainy summer! But [...]

And on His Farm, He Had a… Website

Texas farms are going high-tech. Many now have websites with handy information for those who like to eat their products. If you’re looking for a particular food – or just for background on how your favorite food is produced, don’t hesitate to go online for info. A few of my fave farmer websites:
Betsy Ross’s Grassfed [...]

How Does Your Garden Grow?

No pressure: “In someone else’s yard or farm,” is a perfectly acceptable answer to that question. That’s my answer in many years, too. I love to go to farmers’ markets, so why grow my own? I’d rather spend my Saturday mornings going to market than weeding. Every spring, though, the urge to get soil under [...]

Free Farm Tours this Friday

As part of the Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association’s annual meeting, several farms around the state will offer free tours this Friday.
In Austin:
Boggy Creek Farm, 10am-noon
Green Gate Farms (left), 1:30-3:30pm
In Elm Mott (north of Waco):
Homestead Heritage Farm, 10am-noon
World Hunger Relief, 1:30-3:30
These tours are a great way to learn more about where all that tasty [...]

Where’s the Turkey?

Each Thanksgiving, some 46 million turkeys are eaten in the U.S., according to the National Turkey Federation. That’s a lot of birds – and ample opportunity to support farmers who raise them humanely and sustainably. If you live in Austin, there are several options for getting such a turkey. But if you don’t? Your local [...]

Plan Now for a Local Thanksgiving Turkey

Want to show gratitude this turkey day? Thank a Texas farmer for raising food year-round by buying your holiday bird locally. Better yet? Thank a turkey for giving its life by making sure that it lived a humane existence. Some local turkey options around Austin:

Sebastien Bonneau is taking orders for turkeys he’s raising at Countryside [...]

Ranch to Plate: A Primer on Beef Production

Jason Cleere, assistant professor and extension beef cattle specialist at Texas A & M, explains that most beef cattle in the U.S. go through four stages before reaching our plates. These four stages, really types of places, are:
1. Cow/Calf Operations: These are the peaceable places where cows graze and breed throughout the state and nation. [...]