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SO, YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT THE FARM?

03/24/17 — Heydon Hatcher

Do you find yourself spending most of the day away twiddling your fingers and day-dreaming about getting your hands dirty with newfound farm-friends in the sunshine? Do you often wish for a big ole box of delectable, organic veggies in exchange for your hard-work day in and day out? Well, you aren’t alone, and this dream is entirely attainable! In case you didn't know, we have volunteer opportunities galore here at JBG. Not only is it a good juncture to simultaneously get dirty and munch on some crunchy veggies, but also the perfect chance to make new friends and bond with pre-existing ones, too. You're sure to find interesting conversation whilst sorting veggies and enjoying the famously and finely-curated farm-fresh jams from the CSA Hergotz Packing Shed crew (if that's where you choose to donate your time!). Corporate groups are more than welcome, too! Slingin’ veggies on the farm with co-workers is not only a team-building experience, but also a good way to strengthen and solidify working relationships. The more the merrier for us, too. Tons of hands sure does get a lot done.

Corporate team-building. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Corporate team-building. 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.

JBG welcomes volunteers weekly at either of our two Austin locations. The first being the Garfield Farm (4008 River Rd. Cedar Creek, TX) which is where we grow all of our veggies. At this location, you will be able to do an amalgam of tasks... working out in the field, transplanting, harvesting, aiding in the seeding process; all the while, learning tons about farming from the JBG agriculture experts. Want to be a farmer, or just expand your horticultural know-how? This might be the location for you!

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

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

Once our produce is harvested, we transport it to our Packing Shed (our second volunteer location) at 9515 Hergotz Lane in East Austin. Here, volunteers help wash, sort, and pack veggies for our farmers markets and CSA boxes. You get the farm experience just right down the street from the airport, pretty cool, eh? Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks (this goes for both locations!). Depending on the season, we sometimes offer an additional Friday afternoon shift from 1-6 PM at the packing shed. We are looking for help Tuesday through Friday every week at either location! Like we alluded to earlier, if you volunteer for a half-day (8 am to 1 pm), we reward your hard-work for a share of farm-fresh veggies. YUM.

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

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

If you're interested, please RSVP through this link. Please note that depending on the season, we may or may not be offering volunteer opportunities at our Garfield farm. You must receive confirmation email prior to coming to volunteer, and if you sign-up to volunteer, it is very important that you honor your commitment and arrive at the farm on-time at your scheduled location. Please note that due to liability concerns, all volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and sign a waiver before volunteering.

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

Have you heard? On Saturday, 4/1, grab your family, friends, fellow farmers, and come out to the farm! Join JBG to celebrate the change of seasons with our annual Spring Picnic and 5k Garden Gallop! This farm-tastic event will be held at our Garfield Farm. Just a hop and a skip away from the Austin-Bergstrom Airport! Tickets on sale nowWe need volunteers to work this event... so, if this piques your interest, email volunteer@jbgorganic.com to sign up!

WEEK 12 IN PHOTOS

03/24/17 — Heydon Hatcher

Transplant sale scene. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Transplant sale scene. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

We are floored by the immense support from our community at the 2017 Transplant Sale. It has definitively been the best one yet. A giant thanks from everyone here at the farm to everyone who came out! We can't wait to see what y'all have done with your backyard gardens. As the season wears on, be sure to tag us in your burgeoning garden photos!

Besides the usual and constant harvesting, we are knee-deep in new and very exciting projects. Stay tuned, we can't wait to share our progress! Be sure to visit us at markets during the weekend, summer crops are slowly trickling in. Thanks to Scott David Gordon for another batch of show-stopping images this week.

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

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

Will, greenhouse king. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Will, greenhouse king. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Sage babies. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Sage babies. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

170321_SDG314119 Harvest progress lines. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Pile of Chioggia. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

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

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Carrots fresh from the ground. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Carrot's POV. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Green wrinkles. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Rows and rows. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

Photo by Scott David Gordon. Spinach harvest. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

Photo by Scott David Gordon. We can't get enough of these colors. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

Farm chariot. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Farm chariot. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

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

Krishna, Brenton, Chucha, and Roxy. Photo by Scott David Gordon. Krishna, Brenton, Chucha, and Roxy. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

BEET "CARPACCIO"

03/22/17 — Heydon Hatcher

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If there isn't an entire cookbook dedicated to beets already, there should be. Hailed by Tom Robbins and others as "the food of the gods," this little root is so darn versatile - and one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. Betalains, a form of phytonutrients found in beets, provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support. And whether you're blending them into a sauce or roasting them with herbs, that earthy sweetness will shine through in the best way. This recipe is super simple and stars chioggia and golden beets, which bring a mild sweetness and (obviously) gorgeous color.

Beet "Carpaccio"
  • 2-3 each of small-medium chioggia and golden beets
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 3 tbs. capers, chopped
  • 2 tbs. mint leaves, chopped
  • Greek Yogurt for garnish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Wash and scrub the beets and pat dry. Lay them on a sheet of foil, then drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Wrap the foil into a packet, place on a baking sheet, and roast the beets for 40-45 minutes.

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Once done, remove the beets from the oven and let them cool to room temperature. Next, chill them in the refrigerator for a few hours, or until cold to the touch. Remove the chilled beets from the fridge, and using a dish rag, peel them by rubbing the dish rag over the beets. The skin should peel away easily. Next, slice the beets thinly with a mandolin or a sharp knife- then arrange them on the plate however you like. Once the beets are arranged, drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice and garnish with the capers, mint, and Greek Yogurt. Serve immediately.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF MAR 20TH

03/21/17 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of Mar 20th CSA Box Contents Week of Mar 20th

Large Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Greens, Spinach
Greens, Tatsoi
Herb, Cilantro
Herb, Fennel
Leek
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Green
Radish, Red
Medium Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Collards
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Cilantro
Herb, Parsley, Curly
Leek
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Green
Radish, Purple Daikon
Small Box
Beet, Golden
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Spinach
Herb, Dill
Leek
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Individual Box
Beet, Golden
Bok Choy
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Chard, Rainbow
Lettuce, Mixed head bag
Onion, Green

SPRING PICNIC AND GARDEN GALLOP 5K 2017!

03/17/17 — Heydon Hatcher

Graphic by the talented Lucas Rager. Graphic by the talented Lucas Rager.

Things sure are heatin’ up in good ole Austin, Texas! The rise of temperatures means the SXSW season arriving (can you believe it?!), and more importantly, the imminent and highly anticipated nearing of one of our favorite annual events, our Spring Picnic and 5k Garden Gallop! Tickets on sale now!!! On Saturday, 4/1, grab your family, friends, fellow farmers, and come out to the farm! Join your JBG family to celebrate the change of seasons by sharing your favorite dishes with your farm community. This farm-tastic event will be held at 4008 River Road, Garfield, TX, 78612. Just a hop and a skip away from the Austin-Bergstrom Airport! Tickets on sale now.

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

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

For the 4th time, we're inviting you, our community, to tour our farm and participate in our 5k Garden Gallop. The racing experts at Rogue Running will be on site once again ensuring this run is tip-top and top-notch. Run, walk, skip or hop around the field and enjoy seeing your veggies growing all around you. This family friendly run/walk through our farm is the very best way to see the where your weekly produce takes root and offers an exciting opportunity to explore our 186 organic acres of farmland. Runners and walkers are lead through a short 3.1 mile path that takes you on a journey through rows of spring onions, mountains of tomato cages, and fields of flowers. Tickets to this year's Garden Gallop are only $10, and include admission to our picnic! Kids under 12 run for free!

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

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Live Music, Picnic, BYOB: Need we say more? After the dust has settled, join us for our community picnic. Three local bands, including Possum Posse and High Plains Jamboree, will be playing music from 11:45 - 3:30 pm. We are over the moon about these bands and hope you are, too. If you’ve never heard of the two mentioned above, don’t fret, peruse the videos below to familiarize yourself. We know you’ll be tappin’ your toes in no time.

Possum Posse 

“Best known for the wildly popular viral video series, “Guy On A Buffalo,” Jomo & The Possum Posse made a name for themselves with their unique blend of cynicism, dead-eyed soul and anti-machismo honky-tonk. Their cult video series has surpassed 20 million views, garnering national attention from NPR’s All Things Considered, Forbes, G4’s Attack of the Show, and a slew of major media outlets… The band has established itself as one of the most talented, ridiculous and cerebrally entertaining live acts around. Their latest record, “Local Motive” skews heavily toward roots rock & roll and old-school country.” -Excerpt from the Possum Posse website

High Plains Jamboree

“It’s been said that High Plains Jamboree is a bluegrass band west of the Mississippi and a country band east of the Mississippi. The songs of mandolin and guitar player Brennen Leigh have been recorded by country stars Sunny Sweeney and Grammy winner Lee Ann Womack. Leigh has a cult following in Scandinavia, and has performed and recorded with artists such as Charlie Louvin, Robbie Fulks and Jim Lauderdale. Guitarist Noel McKay was discovered by Guy Clark in 1993 while performing at the Jimmie Rodgers Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Clark and McKay’s co-write “El Coyote” went on to win a Grammy for “Best Folk Album.” Bassist and old time banjo player Simon Flory performed throughout the mid south with his mentor, bluegrass legend Donny Catron (Tennessee Gentlemen, Jesse McReynolds, Doyle Lawson). He also studied and taught at Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music.” -Excerpt from the High Plains Jamboree website

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Bring a blanket, dancin’ shoes, a picnic, some cold brews, and kick back on the farm with us! AISD will be rolling out their brand spankin' new food truck to feed the masses if you forget a picnic... (or just want to test out the AISD cuisine). AISD's Nacho Average Food Truck will be serving globally-themed beef and vegetarian burgers. Be ready to take some notes, as they will be featuring dishes showcasing the versatility of JBG veggies in cooking! Not only will AISD be serving up delectable treats, but they will also be running some of the children games and activities! Tickets to this year's Picnic are $10, and include entrance to the 5k Garden Gallop. Kids under 12 get in free! Bring those kiddos brimful of energy, our sand pile, trampoline, and soccer field are just begging for some attention.

150404_SDG226193 Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

Whether to Gallop or Picnic, we hope you'll join us for what is going to be a beautiful day at the farm! Call or e-mail the office if you have any questions or if you want to volunteer - 512-386-5273, farm@jbgorganic.com.

The Nitty Gritty:
  • What: Saturday, April 1
  • When: Doors Open: 10am, Garden Gallop : 11am, Music, Picnic + Kids Zone : 11:30 - 3:30pm
  • Where: 4008 River Road, Cedar Creek, TX 78612... We call this the Big Farm!
  • What to Bring: Your family and friends! Blankets or chairs, a picnic meal, and maybe some perfectly chilled beer or wine (BYOB). AISD will also be on site, showcasing their brand new food truck and slingin' their delicious eats.
  • What not to Bring: Dogs (Sorry, farmer's rules.)
  • Tickets: Tickets to the Garden Gallop/Community Picnic are just $10. This fee helps us pay the bands who so kindly volunteered their time! Kids under 12 get in free to both the Gallop + Picnic, just let us know how many are coming!
Photo by Scott David Gordon. Photo by Scott David Gordon.

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

If you haven’t checked out our transplant sale (find more info here!), come out to the farm this Saturday to grab some fruit, herb, and veggie transplants! Brenton will be teaching an organic gardening workshop that you won’t want to miss! Buy tickets here.

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: LUCAS RAGER, DRIVER EXTRAORDINARE

03/17/17 — Heydon Hatcher

Time for another installment of one of our most favorite blog series: the Employee Spotlight! We hope that these interviews will help acquaint you with the folks on the farm who are largely responsible for keeping the delicious JBG vegetables rolling out, week after week.

This week, we tracked down Lucas Rager, who is immensely integral in that aforementioned "rolling out" as he is our wholesale and restaurant delivery driver (sometimes CSA driver, too!). He has been transporting veggies and saving the day at JBG for nearly three years. You’ve probably seen him slinging produce at your favorite grocery store whilst sporting some wild and eclectic garb with a smile on his face. He treks all over our great state in the name of farm-fresh vegetables, and always has JBG’s back when we're in a pinch. He creates amazing farm-toons for us with the most recent being out stellar Garden Gallop flyer... he’s a banjo-strummin’, story-tellin’, laughter-lovin’, hard-workin’ son of a gun! He’s our right hand man and we couldn’t be more grateful for him. Meet Lucas!

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

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in western Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh.

What brought you to JBG?

Well, I saw an ad on Craigslist. I had been actively looking for a new job because I was working at a bar downtown (Cheer Up Charlie’s) and wanted a change of pace. So, I got the job and came over here. Seemed fun.

What was your first job at JBG?

Driver… that’s what I’ve always done. I started driving and doing restaurant deliveries as well as some CSA delivery routes. That’s what I do now, too.

How long have you been working here at JBG?

Almost exactly three years! I started working here in March/April of 2014.

What have you learned from your role at JBG?

I learned how to drive these trucks a whole lot better (box trucks and reefers). Driving through traffic, you get good experience. I’ve learned a lot about vegetables that I definitely didn’t know before. I learned how to get up early… and drive a forklift, too!

Do you cook a lot?

Not really. When I cook, it’s usually for myself, so most of the time I just grab some take-out. I make smoothies for breakfast every morning, though! I call them smoovies with a “v”. I always make the same smoovie every morning. It's tons of greens, like collards or kale, then almond milk, bananas, and then some berries or other fruit. I chug it and run out the door because I’m usually running late. I got this really nice blender, so I use it every day. It’s called the Nutri-Ninja... it has all the super sharp blades that are tiered. It’s like a weapon. It’s awesome.

What does your life look like off the farm?

I like watching Seinfeld a lot, reading Conan comic books, and I’ll go drink beers at the bar. My friends play in a French Cajun band, Chansons Et Soulards, and I go out and dance when they are playing. Fun fact: Lucas played Cupid and introduced one of the band members to their spouse! They play at the White Horse a lot. I’m not very good at dancing, but I like going out and listening to them. I play the banjo, too, so, I sit at home play the banjo and listen to old early country and folk music, like Charlie Pool. I live with Matt Pelkey (fellow JBG-er, check out his spotlight here), he’s a great roommate.

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What might people be surprised to learn about you?

I don’t know… I’m an open book. I feel like everyone already knows everything about me. I really like cats though. I don’t have a cat, but our neighbor’s cat stays at our house all the time. So, now we are friends. She’s really warmed up to me even though she's pretty mean. Fun fact: Lucas used to be a cab driver in Pittsburgh, and also lived in Savannah for seven years perfecting his banjo skills.

What’s your favorite vegetable?

Carrots are definitely my favorite vegetable. I put them in smoovies sometimes… I just like snacking on carrots. Lately I’ve been eating a ton of baba ganoush. I don’t really like eggplant any other way, but man, I love baba ganoush so much. I haven’t perfected my own baba yet, but I just discovered this place this past Tuesday called Phoenicia Bakery and Deli. It’s on S. Lamar and Manchaca (there’s one on Burnet, too). I’m going to start going there weekly and stocking up. They have the best baba and pita bread. It’s really cheap and seriously the best.

What’s your favorite season?

Fall. It’s real pretty. Up north it’s so pretty, with all the leaves changing… here it’s nice because it cools off a little.

Being the amazing cartoonist that you are… can you talk a little about your cartoon work?

I like doing cartoons. When I was a kid, I just copied the Sunday comics. I feel like I draw pretty well… I have really cartoon-y stuff. I like The Far Side and Gary Larson - I like the comics that are just really easy to read and don’t demand a lot of attention. You just look at it and get the joke right away.

By Lucas Rager. By Lucas Rager.

By Lucas Rager. By Lucas Rager.

By Lucas Rager. By Lucas Rager.

Since you created our awesome Spring Picnic and Garden Gallop poster, do you mind talking about it a little?

Oh, sure! I guess I tried to capture the themes of what's going on throughout the day… music, kids, running, and food. I wanted to make clear that it’s an all-ages event. I’ve been watching a ton of Seinfeld recently, so I just keep thinking about his face, and added him in there, too. There is an episode where he has to re-race his old nemesis from high school to prove he’s faster. So, I pulled from that.

By Lucas Rager. By Lucas Rager.

Tell us about your unique style.

I’ve been really sculpting and perfecting it over the years (said with a huge smile on his face). Not really thinking about it is the real trick. Whatever happens, happens.

Your car? 

Well, this is the first car I’ve ever owned. ‘Til I was around 32 or 33, I just rode a bicycle around. I decided to compensate for that by getting a total gas-guzzler. It’s a totally inefficient, big truck. I painted lightning bolts on it and painted wolves on the doors. I found some goat horns just up the road here on Christmas Day, actually, a few years ago. So, I cleaned them up and attached them to the grill. It’s a pretty flashy ride.

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Why wolves?

I think I was watching some wolf show on the Discovery Channel, and I’ve always thought that wolves are pretty cool.

What’s your spirit animal? Why?

I would say a goat because they have cool goatees and eat garbage. I mostly just think they look neat and have strange eyes like aliens.

If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring 3 things what would they be? This answer is better listened to, enjoy here!

JBG Employee Survey: If Lucas were a veggie, what would he be and why?

Daniel: A veggie that is quiet, tough, super nice and would do anything for you. Maybe a sweet potato. He’s always there to save the day.

Mike Mo: Papalo because he’s super unique.

Ada: Sweet potato. He’s so so sweet. Once you get into him, he’s insanely vibrant, so many secrets, skills, and interests. Sweet potatoes can also be the wackiest looking veggies… and Lucas is definitely one amazing and wacky dude.

Matt: An eggplant because he only eats baba ganoush.

Thanks, Lucas, for taking the time to meet and being awesome! 'Til next time, folks!

WEEK 11 IN PHOTOS

03/17/17 — Heydon Hatcher

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

We are in the last week of the 2017 Transplant Sale! Now's the time, tackle that backyard and turn it into a veggie oasis. It's easy... either order online or come out this Saturday and grab some of your favorite herbs, fruits, and/or veggies! In no time, you'll have your own harvest at home! Find more info here. We can't wait to see you!

We are also looking forward to the Spring Picnic and Garden Gallop 5K in April. We are chompin' at the bit to explore the farm and get our dance on with you, our farm community. Check it out!

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

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

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