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FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

03/26/15 — Farm

The stage is taking shape! The stage is taking shape!  Come see it in its full glory on April 4th at the Spring Hoedown.

What are you doing Saturday, April 4th?  I hope you are coming to our Spring Hoedown We have been planning this event at JBG for so long, I can hardly believe it's almost here - April 4th is NEXT Saturday!  As anyone who has planned a party is aware, it's very helpful to know about how many people are coming.  So, if you know you are headed our way on the 4th, please kindly register by clicking here.

And, if you haven't decided yet, let me convince you! For the first time, we will be holding our Spring Hoedown at our River Road Farm. We have been busy with spring cleaning getting the farm ready for you all.  Everyone on the farm has been working so hard, and it shows. I have to thank the amazing team we have that works rain or shine to bring in the harvest everyday.  But we can’t take all the credit - it's also because of you that JBG has been able to thrive.  Without this supportive community, we simply wouldn't be here. You should know that this farm is something you helped create, whether it be through joining our CSA, shopping at the farmers markets, or going to a local restaurant that cooks with our vegetables. We want to thank you and invite you out to have fun and see the farm next Saturday.

I think the best way to really see the fields is on foot, but since our farm is about 185 acres, walking all the way around it could take a long time.  So, why not run around the farm in our 5K Garden Gallop!  You can sign up here for this unique race - it's a great way to see our organic fields up close.  And, if you don't want to run all that way, you can register for the 1 mile Fun Run/Walk instead.  You choose - either way, you will be able to see our spring fields in their full glory.  And, you may also spot a certain someone running in costume - here's a sneak peak:

brenton

 

Don't want to run at all?  No problem!  There's so much more to this hoedown!  You can just come for the delicious farm-to-table food prepared by Iron Wood Ice House and the dessert provided by Lick Honest Ice Creams As always, this event is super-kid friendly. I am a father of four, so I know having lots of fun activities for kids can make a world of difference.   And, did I mention there will be music?  This is the part that I always get the most excited about.  We have a fantastic line-up that includes Gumbo Ce Soir, La Tampiqueña (with a special appearance by Mr. Will for the kids), The Show And Tellers, and Out of the Blue If you are like me, you can just relax and take in the music.  Or, you can get up and dance - we'll even have some folks there to give you a lesson.

The hoedown is open to all (except pets - kindly leave your dogs and any other animals at home).  Please help us spread the word and encourage your friends, family, and neighbors to come to this one-of-a-kind community gathering.  Oh, and, if you know you are coming, please do register now by clicking here as it helps us tremendously with the planning. Thanks so much and can't wait to see you on Saturday!

The happy graduates.  Photo by Carrie Kenny The happy graduates at Eden East. Photo by Carrie Kenny

In addition to being a lot of fun, part of the event's proceeds will benefit the nonprofit I helped start, Farmshare Austin This incredible program is helping to train the next generation of organic farmers, and earlier this week, I got to have dinner with the first graduating class of six.   I would like to thank Sonya Cote for hosting the Farmshare board, staff, and students over at Eden East.  She made these amazing savory pies - one with goat and one with curried vegetables - and treated the farmer-students like royalty.  I couldn't believe how good the food was!  I guess I shouldn't have been surprised as I know what a talented chef Sonya is, but it was incredible.  During the meal, the Farmshare graduates talked about their experiences with the program and their plans for the future.  I was really impressed by all of these young individuals - I left feeling inspired by their drive to succeed in agriculture and their commitment to growing organically.

See you on April 4th! See you on April 4th!

IMAGES FROM THE FARM

03/26/15 — Farm

Photo by Scott David Gordon Mason Woodall looks out over a foggy field at JBG.  Photo by Scott David Gordon

Thank you, Scott David Gordon, for coming to the farm this week and capturing the beauty of the morning fog.   Then, as the fog dissipated, Scott took some great shots of our fields.  We welcome everyone to visit these fields next Saturday, April 4th, for our Spring Hoedown.  Hope to see you there!

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

At work in the fog.  Photo by Scott David Gordon At work in the fog. Photo by Scott David Gordon

 

Harvesting in the fog.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Harvesting in the fog. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Angel (in the tractor), Montana, & Mike confer early in the morning.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Angel (in the tractor), Montana, & Mike confer early in the morning. Photo by Scott David Gordon

The fog begins to lift.  Photo by Scott David Gordon The fog begins to lift. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Spring planting continues!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Spring planting continues! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Just getting started.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Okra just getting started. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Alfonso and Rolando harvest carrots.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Alfonso and Rolando harvest carrots. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Carrot harvest.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Carrot harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Artichoke harvest!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Artichoke harvest! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Closeup of an artichoke in the field.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Closeup of an artichoke in the field. Photo by Scott David Gordon

 

TRANSPLANT SALE EXTENDED TO THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH

03/26/15 — Farm

Our greenhouse is full of certified organic transplants for your garden!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Our greenhouse is full of certified organic transplants for your garden! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Due to the heavy rainfall we had last Saturday, we have extended the transplant sale.   We will be operating our on-site sale in our greenhouses on River Road this Saturday, March 28th, from 9am to 2pm.  Please stop by - it's not too late to start that spring garden!  Here are the details:

Annual Spring Organic Transplant Sale- Final Saturday on March 28st

Where: JBG, 4008 River Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78612  (10 miles East of ABIA off of 71)

Time: 9am to 2pm

What: Our selection includes lots of Tomatoes (heirlooms, cherries, traditional red slicers, San Marzano romas, and tomatillos), sweet & hot peppers, basil, eggplant, squash, zucchini, watermelons, swiss chard, onions, seed potatoes, lettuces, kale, broccoli, cabbage, okra, cauliflower and spinach

TODD'S FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

03/26/15 — Farm



Make a kale smoothie!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Make a kale smoothie! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Need something to cool off now that warmer weather is here?  Try this smoothie recipe from Brenton's long-time friend, Todd Martin.

Todd's Favorite Smoothie Recipe

Six or seven kale leaves
(cut out the fat part of the stalk because it makes the smoothie too frothy)

A carrot or two

A banana

A lot of blueberries

Some cinnamon

A little cardamom

Blend all that smooth in a Vitamix blender or the like.  Then, it's good to add some almonds and blend for a little longer.  Use frozen blueberries and frozen banana or to make it cold.  Add a little water if needed (or a little fruit juice if you like it sweeter) and blend until smooth.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe that you make with your JBG vegetables?  We want to know what it is!  Send it to us at farm@jbgorganic.com.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF MARCH 23RD

03/23/15 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of Mar 23rd CSA Box Contents Week of Mar 23rd

Large Box
Artichoke
Beet, Red
Brussels Sprouts
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Dill
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Spring Yellow
Potato, Sweet
Radish, Red
Medium Box
Artichoke
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Parsley, Flat
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Spring Yellow
Potato, Sweet
Small Box
Beet, Red
Bok Choy, Baby
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Kale, Curly
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Spring Yellow
Parsnip
Individual Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Onion, Spring Yellow

RACING THE RAIN

03/19/15 — Farm

Getting things done.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Getting things done. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Man, it's been super busy out here, even by our crazy standards!  By Monday, we had gotten more done than most people do in a whole week!  The truth is, we were working hard to meet a looming deadline: the coming of yet more rain on Tuesday.  Somehow, we were able to make it happen - we got the entire farm planted in just three days!  This included 20 beds of green beans, 60 beds of carrots, 53 beds of tomatoes, two kinds of radishes, five kinds of watermelons and galia melons, and cilantro and spinach.  Angel, our field manager, said we should all now take the rest of the week off given what we've accomplished!

My hat goes off to our incredible crew for taking on this daunting challenge and going all-in.  Thanks to their hard work and skilled, coordinated efforts, we will have vegetables this Spring.  March has been a bit of a nerve wracking month for me because of all the rain - I was worried we wouldn't be able to plant in time for Spring.  There's a lot that goes into planting prior to getting the seed or the transplant into the ground - the land needs to be tilled, composted, and shaped prior to planting.  I was going a little nuts because, as of last week, we were really behind.  Then, I looked at the forecast for this week and saw yet more rain.  I for one don't ever want to argue about rain - we need more of it than we are getting in Texas.  However, seeing this forecast made me realize that we needed to go into action immediately.  The race was on!

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

We had been working on a different organizational style for prepping and planting for some time, and this week, it was put to the test.  Using all of our tractors, we assigned each person a specific task such as working the soil, adding organic soil implements, shaping beds, planting with the seeder or transplanter, and installing drip tape.  This division of labor allowed us to cover more ground quickly.  What also helped tremendously is that we didn't have any equipment failures!  It seems that the stars, if not the weather, worked in our favor this week!  We got all of this done and then some, and I couldn't be prouder - or more impressed - by our team.  The song from the Lego movie keeps playing in my head - for real!  "Everything is awesome, everything is cool when you're part of a team" - it's the perfect song for this week.

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

My kids have been on spring break, but, unfortunately, this crazy schedule has eaten into my time to see them.  The thing about spring break is, though, there's an unspoken rule that  you can stay up later than normal.  Luckily, my kids have been adhering to this rule, and by the time I get home at 9pm, they're still up.  Seeing them is like a great welcome home after a packed day.  The truth is, they are more interested in our new pigs, Wilbur and Tarzan, than they are in me !

Posing with Tarzan Posing with Tarzan

Ada feeds Tarzan and Wilbur Ada feeds Tarzan and Wilbur

 

Now that our crew has accomplished so much, things may calm down a little bit at the farm.  The next thing for me is taking cuttings and rooting figs for our edible fence line border. This week, we took nearly 1000 cuttings from the huge fig tree just outside our office. I first planted this tree at our house on Holly Street but then moved it when we came to Hergotz Lane.  We cut it back so much that it won't produce this year, but hopefully, we will be able to grow lots more trees from its clippings.

So, you can see, it has been a packed week at JBG.  Spring always is quite busy, but you never know what twists and turns the weather has in store for you.  I have my fingers crossed that Saturday, April 4th will be a beautiful day for our Spring Hoedown and 5K Garden Gallop and Fun Run.  I am super excited about it  - I really do think it will be our best Hoedown and community gathering ever!  I can't wait to start off the Garden Gallop - I'm working on my costume now.  Believe me, you won't want to miss it!  Check out this segment on Fox News featuring Chef Isaac Mogannam from Ironwood Ice House describing some of the dishes he's going to make for the Hoedown - it's making me hungry!  Just click here.

Thank you, Chef Mogannam, for cooking these amazing sounding dishes for the Hoedown - can't wait to see you there!

Ryan 2015 Hoedown Banner

On Saturday, April 4th, join us for a Spring Hoedown bigger than any party we’ve thrown before!  For the first time, the Hoedown will be held at our River Road Farm along the Colorado River where we grow our vegetables.  This location is just 10 miles East of the airport at 4008 River Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78216.

Garden Gallop Race Course Garden Gallop Race Course

We will be kicking off the party with our very first Annual 5K Garden Gallop, as well as a ½-mile Kids’ Fun Run around the farm.  Race tickets include admission to the Hoedown, a buffet plate, and a JBG Garden Gallop T-shirt. A portion of this year’s proceeds will be donated to Farmshare Austin, a local non-profit encouraging the expansion of organic farming and food in Central Texas. After working up an appetite during the run, guests are invited to re-fuel with a special farm-to-table buffet catered by Ironwood Icehouse, as well as live music and dancing. There will BBQ, local beer, and-of course- plenty of veggie options for non-meat eaters. Lick Honest Ice Cream is providing dessert, and we can’t wait.   Keeping with tradition, we will also be turning to you—our community—to bring a sweet dish for our dessert potluck.

Festivities will feature live music from local bands, Gumbo Ce Soir, La Tampiqueña (with a special appearance by Mr. Will), The Show and Tellers, and Out of the Blue — all performing on a brand-new stage, built especially for the occasion. There will also be lessons for those needing a little brush-up before hitting the dance floor. Per usual, we’ll have plenty of activities for the kids, and last (but certainly not least!) we’re having a whiffle-ball raffle where we’ll be giving away loads of great local goodies.

For more information and to get your tickets for the race and/or the Spring Hoedown, please click here.

FINAL SATURDAY OF OUR SPRING TRANSPLANT SALE IS MARCH 21ST!

03/19/15 — Farm

Come see our greenhouses and pick out transplants for your garden!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Come see our greenhouses and pick out transplants for your garden! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Annual Spring Organic Transplant Sale- Final Saturday on March 21st!

This Saturday - March 21st - is the last day to visit our on-site Spring transplant sale.  Come on down to the farm Saturday and get your garden started!

Date: March 21st

Where: JBG, 4008 River Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78612  (10 miles East of ABIA off of 71)

Time: 9am to 2pm

What: Our selection includes lots of Tomatoes (heirlooms, cherries, traditional red slicers, San Marzano romas, and tomatillos), sweet & hot peppers, basil, eggplant, squash, zucchini, watermelons, swiss chard, onions, seed potatoes, lettuces, kale, broccoli, cabbage, okra, cauliflower and spinach
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