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WEEK 48 IN PHOTOS

12/02/16 — Heydon Hatcher

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We are seriously relishing these dazzling and frosty winter mornings. The first slight frost of the season arrived yesterday morning... the sparkly frost brings a little bit of magic to the farm. We've been planting leeks and onions all week, and are taking this month to plan and prepare for the quickly approaching planting season in 2017. We can't believe it's almost time to talk tomatoes again!

Have you bought tickets to Holiday on the Farm? Shoot be a hollerin' good time! Find more info here.

**farm update/contributions from Charlotte McClure

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

FIRST FRIDAY STAFF PICKS - DECEMBER EDITION

12/02/16 — Heydon Hatcher

The beginning of a new month means another highly-anticipated installment of our First Friday Staff Picks! We love sharing events, adventures, and side projects that inspire and excite us (food-related or not) with our community. Check out our JBG staff-curated list of favorites below!

Charlotte and Chucha. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Charlotte and Chucha. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Travis, Wholesale Manager: December 2nd & 3rd is Oozefest! It's a two day sludge, noise and gaze festival at Beerland, where 50% of the proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood. Weak Flesh and Terse are playing, and they always bring the heat. Definitely check it out!

Ada, Marketing and CSA Manager: All the photos of Heydon, Mike, Travis, and Brenton in turkey costumes. Pure gold!

 


Turnip soup! Specifically, the delectable combination of (get ready for this) white Japanese turnips, asparagus, mushrooms, turnip greens, fish stock, oysters, and cream that my dad made for Thanksgiving. C'est si bon! But really, any version of turnip soup is hitting the spot these days. This is a pretty good base. Temps have dropped, and it's finally gumbo season! Act now, and add some of our peppers, green onions, and parsley to your pot for locally-sourced goodness. Promise it will taste better.

My favorite bluegrass boys (men), Wood and Wire, just announced that they're playing an intimate show on 12/17 at Strange Brew. Even better, part of the proceeds are headed to a local charity.

Kenny, Farm Administrator: December means my parents are coming to town to visit and that means I get to gleefully field their disdain with 90% of Austin's culinary offerings and instead take them to Cracker Barrel! 

Also, one of mine and Andrew's favorite bands, Earthless is coming to town again, 12/7 at Barracuda. Perfect on perfect, here's one of my favorite comics, Bill Burr, describing what an Earthless show is like. Basically, one giant arena rock outro!

Charlotte, Assistant Farm Manager: We're going to see Jim James at ACL Live in a couple weeks! His new album is a sparkling brood-fest with as many layers as my winter farm attire (a lot), perfect for these short December days.

I'm obsessed with pickling all of our multicolored radishes right now, which I use to top a simple veggie and rice bowl with a fried egg several times a week.

I did most of my Christmas shopping at EAST, but I'm picking up a few last minute Austin-themed things from local design collective Frankie Jean. Definitely check them out if you're into clean, meaningful design!

Brandon and I recently got our tintype portrait taken by photographer, Adrian Whipp.

 



Got our tintype portrait done this weekend with @lumiere_tintype

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And last but not least, Dr. Strange is well worth a watch, especially in 3D.

Michael, Wholesale Manager: I am really into Yolanda's tacos at Taco Guerrero on Cesar Chavez and Pleasant Valley right now. Also, super excited to make Kimchi with JBG Napa cabbage.​

Matt, CSA Manager: Weary Boys this weekend at Continental Club, and Steve Earle there later this month. It's a tiny venue to see him as he usually plays the Paramount. I doubt I'll get out to either show, but should be good ones!

Heydon, Blog Writer: My multi-talented and magnificent friend, Mandy Lyne, just launched her new jewelry line, InVenetus. Check it out and subscribe to her instagram... beautiful and timeless pieces inspired by the ancients. Could be a great holiday gift, too!

Austin Animal Center. My boyfriend and I just acquired the new love of our lives, Ocotillo Romo (named after a type of cactus in West Texas that enchanted us by it's novelty and general oddity and, duh, Tony Romo after his amazing show of magnanimity re: Dak Prescott). I highly recommend anyone who is looking for a new canine companion to visit the Town Lake shelter.

 
pt. II // late night cowboy and his stone cold companion, oco. ?

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Yoga with Adriene. These free online classes have been a mainstay in my daily routine for over a year now. I highly recommend checking out her library of videos - catered to all body types, body ailments, energy levels, and mental states. Whether you have ten minutes or an hour, you can get a stretch in!

Farm, in general: Don't miss the upcoming Taste and Learn event at Barr Mansion.  If you're an heirloom enthusiast or want to learn how to grow and cook delicious greens, don't miss this.  One of our favorite seed reps from Kitazawa will be there, to boot! More info here.

Holiday at the Farm! Don't miss out on the most festive farm event yet!

GET YOUR GIFT ON: JBG'S GIFT GUIDE FOR THE ULTIMATE LOCAVORE

12/02/16 — Heydon Hatcher

From the home chef who has it all, to your uncle who just learned what a kohlrabi is, we've scoured every corner of our fair town of Austin to bring you the ultimate shopping guide for your local-eatin’ loved ones. Keeping your dollars local this holiday season will not only support local businesses, but also will make for unique, quality, and thoughtful gifts to enjoy either on your plate or in the years to come.

So happy shopping, but most of all, happy holidays!

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1. JBG Veggies... and More!

We couldn't make this list without putting some of our own farm gifts on it! This holiday we have more options than ever to bring some of the farm straight to your loved ones:
  • CSA Gift Subscription: Choose from one week to a full year of organic JBG veggies, delivered! Our CSA gift subscriptions are flexible and easy to redeem, plus you'll get to reap the benefits as well when you get invited over for that delicious home cooked meal!
  • Market Bucks: Not sure what they want? Market Bucks are a fail-safe way to make sure your recipient gets exactly what they need. These can be used to buy veggies at market, on JBG merchandise, or they can save them in preparation for our Spring Transplant Sale to get their own backyard garden rockin' this spring!
  • Sponsored Shares: Giving a gift in someone's name might be the coolest way to support local businesses, local nonprofits, and the giving spirit this holiday. Donated produce shares go directly to The Settlement Home and SafePlace. These donations help feed Texan children and young adults with histories of trauma and abuse. Each donated share comes with a handwritten card from our farmer, notifying the recipient of their gift and thanking them.
  • Holiday on the Farm: Give someone an experience, and snag them tickets to our December 10th Holiday on the Farm Event. Perfect for the kiddos and families on your list. We’re screening How the Grinch Stole Christmas right on the farm! There will be hot chocolate, hay rides, and a whole lot more.
  • Have a family friend who loves citrus? Give the gift of some vitamin C! 
Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

2. Cooking Classes Galore!

Have a friend who wants to delve deeper into a certain style of cooking? Gift someone the chance to expand their culinary arsenal.
  • Kitchen Underground - A collective of all kinds of foodies, check out their menu of assorted classes here. You will find yourself not only acquiring new skills, but also new cooking comrades... all taking place in authentic and intimate spaces. We’ve had our eyes on the bread-making class for a long time.
  • Dai Due’s New School of Traditional Cookery - This exquisite restaurant offers a range of classes that focus on wild game, whether you want to learn about hunting and processing or you just want to learn the finer points of cooking a gosh darn delicious flank of steak. Check out all the varied syllabi here.
 

One spot left for Bread Baking w @maggiecperkins tomorrow night!! Link in profile for class! #austineats #cookingclass #eatlocal #breadbaking

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3. Locally Purveyed Goodness

If you're anything like us, you LOVE to try new goodies from Austin's creative food artisans. Why not spread some love with some preserves from Stephanie at Confituras, spice up a conversation with some hot sauce from Yellowbird, or pack a probiotic punch with a bottle of Hat Creek Pickles? Once the overwhelmingly delectable tastes of locally artisanal treats wash over them, they'll thank you.

Photo from Hat Creek Provisions. Photo from Hat Creek Provisions.

4. Dreamy Kitchen Tools for the Home Chef

Have a friend who loves design just as much as hosting a locally sourced dinner party? These two suggestions below are sure to please.
  • Kettle & Brine - A locally owned kitchen boutique catered to the consumer whose love for good design is rivaled only by their deep-seated love of food. Visit their beautifully curated store, and you will definitely come home with something for your chef-friend. Peruse their gift gallery here.
  • Work by Nonny - Amanda Rivera creates elegant and uncommon pieces from vases to tumblers. Perfect adornments for your kitchen table. Check her work out here.
Photo courtesy of Kettle & Brine. Photo courtesy of Kettle & Brine.

5. Holiday Libations? Yes, Please.

Living in Austin has infinite perks, one of which is the diverse spread of local craft breweries and distilleries. Treat a friend to bottle of Waterloo Gin, or better yet, a day trip to Treaty Oak Distilling’s picturesque ranch, where you can explore their wide-ranging menu of high-quality spirits. They usually have live music and delectable bites to boot. While you’re out on Fitzhugh Road, you might as well extend the visit to include the inimitable Jester King Brewery as well! You won't regret it!

Rather stay in town? Grab a gift card from ABGB. They sling some of the most delicious pizza in town with GABF award-winning beers to wash it down… not to mention, they are some of the nicest people we know.

Photo from Treaty Oak Distilling. Photo from Treaty Oak Distilling.

6. The Finer Things in Life: Plants

A leafy friend is always the best friend, or at least that’s what our crazy plant lady buddy always tells us. Lose yourself in the verdant nurseries below, browsing the oasis of perennials, tropicals, succulents, herbs, vegetables and fruit trees! On top of the plethora of plants, they have an abundance of soils, all sizes of pots, watering cans, and smiles all around.


New houseplants waiting for you! Including Fiddle Leaf Figs- and these things sell fast!!

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7. All Things Callahan’s

We can't help ourselves, we live and breathe the family-owned and Austin legend, Callahan’s General Store. It’s got quite literally everything. We know because they are our down-the-street neighbors! Check 'em out after you volunteer with us!
  • Canning Supplies - they've got everything you or a friend need to get start preserving at home! While you’re at it, check out their houseware section for all kinds of holiday gift ideas!
  • Cookbooks Galore - Don’t know how to make preserves? Don’t fret, grab a book on preserving from their extensive selection of cookbooks!
  • Western Wear - Have an uncle who loves cowboy hats and boots? An aunt who has an affinity for pearl snaps and bedazzled belts? Look no further, Callahan’s clothing section has you covered.
  • Baby Chicks? Goats? Pigs? Bunnies? - Got an animal lover in the family? Head on over and check out all the different breeds of animals, they have quite the selection.
Photo courtesy of Callahan's. Photo courtesy of Callahan's.

8. Giving Back to the Community!

Feeling the need to give back to the community this holiday season? We salute you, and have a couple of suggestions if you are more inclined to donate to local farms. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

9. All About the Hats!

If you are looking for the perfect cap for your hat-crazed friend, look no further!
  • The newest hat from our favorite graphic designers, Land. Man, are they talented! Check out their other work, too, while you’re at it.
  • Avid sports fan? Country music aficionado? You want your headgear to reflect your awesome tastes? Check out some vintage caps from Hats What She Said or Waterboy Vintage! Peruse their many varied, blast-from-the-past head wear…
  • Make a farm-fresh statement and grab one of our JBG caps! It's a great addition to anyone's wardrobe.
Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

10. Pig Out and Work Out!

If you or your loved ones are already feeling the holiday libations and savory provisions weighing you down, relish in the festivities now and give the gift of post-holiday fitness in the New Year.
  • Rogue Running Training Programs - Whether you’ve never run before or you've finished a handful of marathons, Rogue offers many different training programs curated for every type of runner. Dust off your running shoes and check out all the different options here. If you’re running with friends, you have someone to keep you accountable on your fitness goals, too!
  • Yoga with Adriene - Have a friend who prefers a more low impact workout? Give the gift of a home yoga practice with stellar Austinite yogi, Adriene Mishler. She has hundreds of videos catered to every mood and body ailment you can imagine. Some of our farm folks swear by this gal and her healing routines. While you can find most of her videos online for free, if you join the YWA community there are perks like a library of exclusive members-only classes, and an online forum where you can connect with other yogis!
Hills for breakfast! #austinrunning #instarunners #roguerunning #TeamRogue #runcrew #runculture ? @beingcate

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We hope this guide helps you navigate this holiday season with ease! 'Til next time!

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF NOV 28TH

11/30/16 — Scott

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Large Box
Beet, Red
Broccoli
Cabbage, Green
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Mustard
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Dill
Herb, Fennel
Kohlrabi, Purple
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Pepper, Sweet Medley
Potato, Sweet
Turnip, White Japanese
Medium Box
Beet, Red
Broccoli
Cabbage, Green
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Kale, Dino
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Fennel
Herb, Parsley, Flat
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Green
Small Box
Beet, Red
Broccoli
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Mustard
Greens, Spinach
Pepper, Sweet Medley
Potato, Sweet
Radish, Red
Individual Box
Beet, Red
Broccoli
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Spinach
Potato, Sweet

BROCCOLI, CHICKEN, AND RICE CASSEROLE

11/30/16 — Heydon Hatcher

by Megan Winfrey

This time of year, I'm all about comfort casseroles. If I can get away with tossing together some ingredients, topping it with a bunch of cheese, and baking it for a quick 30 minutes every night, I certainly will. This casserole is one of my favorites because it's basically a solid, more filling version of broccoli and cheese soup. And who doesn't like broccoli and cheese soup?

Broccoli, Chicken, and Rice Casserole
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts, cubed
  • 1 lb. broccoli florets
  • 2 cups rice, cooked
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3/4 tsp. garlic powder, divided
  • 2 tbs. all purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk, divided
  • 3 tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
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Preheat oven to 375 and lightly grease a deep 9" baking dish. Cook the rice according to the package directions. I recommend cooking the rice in chicken stock, if you have it on hand. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Drop in the broccoli florets and let cook for 1-2 minutes - the broccoli should still be bright green. Immediately plunge the blanched broccoli into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process.

Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp. garlic powder and salt and pepper to your liking. Add the olive oil to a heavy bottom skillet and heat to medium-high. Cook the chicken through, about 4-6 minutes, then remove to a plate.

Carefully wipe the skillet clean and reduce the heat to medium. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and 1/2 cup of milk.

Pour mixture into the skillet and add the remaining 1 1/2 cups of milk. Cook, stirring constantly until thickened, about 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the Dijon, remaining garlic powder, and pepper to taste. Stir in the Greek yogurt and 1 cup of cheese, until smooth. Add the rice, broccoli, and chicken to the cheese sauce and mix gently.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking dish and top with the remaining cheese. Bake 25 minutes, until heating through and cheese is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

GRATEFUL AND THANKFUL

11/25/16 — Heydon Hatcher

Gobble gobble! Thanksgiving has come and gone, and this year it coincided with the end of fall planting. It was a whole lot of work, but with a whole lot of persistence and tenacity, we got it done! A serendipitous hiatus in the flurry of farm activity to give everyone a brief moment to relax and enjoy turkey day festivities with loved ones.

Brenton and Roxy! Photo by Scott David Gordon. Brenton and Roxy! Photo by Scott David Gordon.

I have so much to be thankful for this year it’s overwhelming. Having a job that I am immensely passionate about keeps me ever-grateful. The JBG team that we have been building for the past 10 years feels like family. The tireless toiling and synergy day in and day out by this amalgam of strong and smart individuals is astounding. I feel like our crew is more in tune with each other and stronger than ever. We give 110 percent to cultivating the most nutrient-dense, delectable and organic vegetables for our community. We love what we do, and we hope that it is evident in the quality of the final product.

Team meeting. Photo by Scott David Gordon. JBG team meeting. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

JBG team. Photo by Scott David Gordon. JBG team. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. JBG team. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

I am also grateful for the farm and its resilience. After a tumultuous year accompanied by two disastrous floods, we have been able to readjust, reassess, rebuild, and heal from our losses. The greenhouses have been rebuilt (thank you for the help, Drafthouse!) and the farm looks better than ever!

 

Greenhouse golden hour

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I am thankful for my four crazy kiddos and all the adventure that ensues when we spend time together. Their burgeoning talents are a delight to experience; and their endless curiosity instills me with youthful vigor.

I count my lucky stars for having dreamt up this crazy endeavor of starting an organic farm in this beautiful gem of a Texas town, Austin... and most of all for YOU. I know I’ve said it before, but thank you for letting me be your farmer. From my backyard, to a thriving farm east of town, it's been an unreal journey. I hope that JBG was a part of your Thanksgiving meal this year - we'd love to see what you're cooking with the season's bounty, send us some photos! The support that we receive from the community is nonpareil and astonishing. This town is a locavore, farm-to-table heaven that loves and nurtures its local farmers. I couldn’t be happier to have landed here.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

For those of you traveling for the holidays, we hope you will pass on this bounty we are all thankful for - consider donating your CSA share to The Settlement Home and SafePlace. Your donated share helps feed children, young adults, and families in Texas with histories of trauma, abuse and neglect. It's as easy as emailing the farm and letting us know you would like to donate. If you are in town for the holidays, you can still donate by sponsoring a share, either in your name or someone else's. It’s a great way to give back this holiday season, and a fantastic option when you are thinking of gifts to give family and friends. Donate here, and email (farm@jbgorganic.com) or call (512-386-5273) the farm if you wish to donate in another's name.

The Settlement Home and SafePlace need around 200 shares a year to meet their minimum needs - our goal is to meet the full 200 shares this 2016 holiday season. Won't you help us get there?

Donating at SafePlace. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Donating at SafePlace. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

I am appreciative of the Alamo Drafthouse and their continued support of the farm through good times and bad. We are looking forward to the upcoming Rolling Roadshow screening at the farm - The Grinch! Venture out to our Garfield farm with your family and friends on Saturday, December 10th for a full day of holiday events like hayrides, face + ornament painting, Cindy Lou-Who and the Grinch look-alike contests, and a dance party all even before the movie starts! Then, once the kids are tuckered out, cozy up with a blanket, hot chocolate, and some tasty bites from some of our favorite food trucks to watch the main event! We'll be screening both the TV special as well as the live action version. Tickets are on sale now, get them here!

From the last Rolling Roadshow screening - The Seer. Photo by Scott David Gordon. From the last Rolling Roadshow screening - The Seer. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

I will close with another massive thanks to you, our community, and this really silly picture of me in a turkey costume at the Thundercloud Turkey Trot yesterday! Can you tell which one I am? Did you see me? Boy, did we have a good time, and I got to squeeze in a run before the food festivities! Hope you enjoyed some delicious dishes and spent some quality time your friends and family! I need to get back to planning for the next planting season. ‘Til next time!

Turkey Trot Turkeys! JBG Turkey Trot Turkeys!

WEEK 47 IN PHOTOS

11/25/16 — Heydon Hatcher

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Week 47 and we have finished fall planting! Just in the nick of time, too, so that everyone could enjoy a little turkey time with loved ones. It was a whole lot of work, but with persistence and tenacity, we got it done! Now, we will take a month to make plans and preparations for the next planting season. The wheel is always turning over here, but boy, do we love what we do. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at JBG, we hope you enjoyed delicious food and quality time with family and friends. 

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Carrots! Photo by Scott David Gordon. Carrots! Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Tractor time. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. A falltime flock. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Montana workin'! Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Monstrous collards! Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Harvesting. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. So much green. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Curly kale. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Harvesting. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Colors galore. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Colors galore. Photo by Scott David Gordon.
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