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FROM THE FARMER'S PERSPECTIVE

04/03/14 — Farm

Our lettuce looks great!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Our lettuce looks great! Photo by Scott David Gordon

I know I say this a lot, but I really mean it  - our fields are looking great!  We've got some beautiful Romaine, red, and green leaf lettuces coming in as well as lots and lots of carrots and beets.  The weather right now couldn't be better for growing.  The plants just love the sun and the milder temperatures coupled with the warmer soil - everything is growing like crazy right now!  Plus, it's so early in the season that bugs haven't really become a problem yet.  This week, we are super busy harvesting all of those carrots and beets, and we also have the first parsnips of the season as well as our first harvest of artichokes that we will bring to market this weekend.  This first planting was a trial, but I plan to grow lots more in the future.

Artichokes!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Artichokes! Photo by Scott David Gordon

JBG Farm Tour for CSA Members on Saturday, April 26th

Every year around this time, I get really excited because I know the fields are about to explode with Spring vegetables.  I can almost feel the plants growing - that's how fast things seem to be moving right now.  By the end of the month, we will be bursting at the seams!  This Spring bounty is truly wonderful to see, and so I am inviting everyone in our CSA to a free tour of our River Road fields on the morning of Saturday, April 26th.  There will be more details to come, but I wanted to make sure that you got it on your calendars now.  I had such a great time at the potluck last Sunday connecting with new and seasoned CSA members that I want to bring everyone together again!  I love that the CSA model is built on establishing an active connection between people and the food they eat.  Unfortunately, this kind of connection is pretty rare - most people just go to the market and pick out what they want without ever really knowing where it came from or how it was grown.  When you are part of a CSA, though, you have the opportunity to see exactly where your vegetables are grown as well as meet those who do the growing.  For me as a farmer, it is extremely rewarding to actually get to talk to the people who eat our vegetables, and, since CSA members pay in advance for their share of the harvest, I am especially grateful for the trust they place in us week after week.  It is an amazing feeling to know that we have the backing of our entire CSA community behind us when we go out to farm - this highly dependable support really is what has allowed JBG to thrive.  So, if you are part of our CSA, I really encourage you and your family (bring your kids!) to come to this free CSA member farm tour on the 26th.   I want you to see what you've helped to create out here - you won't believe how beautiful it is!

All CSA members are invited to tour our fields on Saturday, April 26th! Photo by Scott David Gordon All CSA members are invited to the farm tour on Saturday, April 26th! Photo by Scott David Gordon

SEE YOU AT THE FARMERS MARKET!

04/03/14 — Farm

Our crew is ready to help you get the vegetables you need at the SFC Farmers Market Downtown!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Amy, Laura, Rod, and Anna are ready to help you get the vegetables you need at the SFC Farmers Market Downtown! Photo by Scott David Gordon

Our plants are loving this warmer weather!  They are just soaking up the sun and growing like crazy - feels like Spring has arrived!  We hope you take advantage of this beautiful weather, too, and visit us at one of the many farmers markets we attend.  Check out the pictures below that Scott David Gordon took of our booth at the SFC Farmers Market Downtown.  This market is located at Republic Square Park at 4th and Guadalupe, and you can find JBG there every Saturday from 9am to 1pm.

Amy keeps JBG's booth stocked with fresh, certified organic vegetables.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Amy keeps JBG's booth stocked with fresh, certified organic vegetables. Photo by Scott David Gordon

We have onion scapes!  Photo by Scott David Gordon Onion scapes! Photo by Scott David Gordon

We have lots of carrots!  Photo by Scott David Gordon And lots of carrots! Photo by Scott David Gordon

We'll have our first artichokes this weekend at market!  Photo by Scott David Gordon We'll have our first artichokes this weekend at market! Photo by Scott David Gordon

SOMETHING ABOUT SCALLIONS

04/02/14 — Farm

Photo by Scot David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

By Meredith Bethune

Do you say scallions or green onions? Although the words seem interchangeable, true scallions are a distinct variety of mild allium while green onions are onions that have been picked before they’ve matured. No matter what you call a bunch of this thin and pungent vegetable, like almost all green things, they’re very prevalent during the spring. Store them in the crisper of your refrigerator, and trim the root ends and rinse off any dirt before eating.

Scallions are usually treated as an almost herb-like garnish-- sprinkled onto soups, stews, and salads. You can eat both the white and the green part, but the darker sections are usually milder. They can be used in place of regular onions in the base of stews, soups, and curries and make an excellent addition to chicken and vegetable stocks.

Most often used as an herb to garnish salads and soups, using a whole bunch of scallions can be problematic. They are rarely the focus of a vegetable dish themselves. The can take center stage, however, when cooked correctly. A whole bunch of grilled green onions is the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or steak-- just throw cleaned green onions (brushed with oil) on next to the meat. The fire adds a touch of smokiness and emphasizes their natural sweetness. Whole scallions can also be dipped into a light tempura batter and fried. Both dishes will benefit from a squirt of lemon or lime to temper the vegetable’s natural pungency.

Scallion Pancakes from The Kitchen

Momofuku Ginger Scallion Sauce from Salon

Batter-fried Scallions from SAVEUR

PICTURES FROM THE POTLUCK & HOEDOWN

04/01/14 — Farm

Sky Candy performs at the potluck.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Sky Candy performs at the potluck. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Many thanks to all of you who came to our 7th Annual Potluck & Hoedown this past Sunday - we hope you enjoyed it!  The weather was beautiful and the music even better.  Thank you to Doug Moreland, Silas Lowe, and Little Mickey and the Soda Jerks for providing such great tunes.  And thank you, too, to Sky Candy for their amazing aerial circus performance in our pecan grove and to Ray Ray Mitrano of Hope Play for hosting such creative activities for the kids.  Finally, we extend our gratitude to all of you who brought a dish to share - we have some really good cooks in this community!

Doug Moreland plays for the crowd.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Doug Moreland plays for the crowd. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Sky Candy performs.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Sky Candy performs. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Enjoying the music in JBG's Pecan Grove.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Enjoying the music in JBG's Pecan Grove. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Full plates.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Full plates. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Silas Lowe.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Silas Lowe. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Proceeds from the event went to support Farmshare Austin.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Proceeds from the event went to support Farmshare Austin. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Farmshare Austin Board President talks about the programs the nonprofit will offer.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Farmshare Austin Board President talks about the programs the nonprofit will offer. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Farmshare Austin's Education Director, Marissa Lankes, gives the hula hoop a try.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Farmshare Austin's Education Director, Marissa Lankes, gives the hula hoop a try. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Ray Ray Mitrano leads young guests in creative activities.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Ray Ray Mitrano of Hope Play leads young guests in creative activities. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

Little Mickey & the Soda Jerks take to the stage in the pecan grove.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Little Mickey & the Soda Jerks take to the stage in the pecan grove. Photo by Scott David Gordon

Listening to Little Mikey & The Soda Jerks as the sun goes down.  Photo by Scott David Gordon Listening to Little Mikey & The Soda Jerks as the sun goes down. Photo by Scott David Gordon

TEXAS YOUNG FARMER COALITION MIXER THIS SATURDAY!

04/01/14 — Farm

Photo by Scott David Gordon Photo by Scott David Gordon

The Texas Young Farmer Coalition Meet & Mingle Mixer is coming up, this coming Saturday, April 5th from 5pm - 9pm at Green Gate Farms in Austin, TX! All-Star Young Farmer Panel Discussion is at 6pm. Booze and light bites on hand, as well.  Free, although there is a suggested $10 donation (whatever you think is reasonable is fine - we just want to see you out!)

Event Details:

What: Join TXYFC for an evening of mixing, mingling, and conversing with farmers and food lovers from around Texas. Celebrate the arrival of spring and a bountiful harvest. We’ll kick off the evening with a Farmer Panel Discussion. Throughout, please enjoy some delicious, micro-brewed libations and horderves! Beer and cider generously donated by Landlocked Surfer Brewing, Tony Grasso of Split Rail Ales / Field and Fare, and Spent Planet Fermentation.

When: Saturday, April 5th, 5pm – 9pm

Where: Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Ave, Austin, TX 78724

Price: $10 Suggested Donation RSVP not necessary to come, but helps us out. You can RSVP through Facebook below: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378085499136667/

More event info here: http://www.texasyoungfarmers.org/event/txyfc-meet-and-mingle-mixer-saturday-april-5th/

FARMGRASS FEST THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 6TH!

04/01/14 — Farm

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We hope you will head out to Farmgrass Fest this Sunday, April 6th from 2pm to 8pm!  Tickets are $15 if you purchase between now and 12pm on Saturday, April 5th.  After that, tickets will be $20.   Proceeds will benefit The Growers Alliance of Central Texas' Farmer Emergency Medical Fund.  For more information and to get your tickets to this great bluegrass festival, please click here.

CSA BOX CONTENTS WEEK OF MARCH 31ST

03/31/14 — Scott

CSA Box Contents Week of March 31st CSA Box Contents Week of March 31st

Large Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Celery Root / Celeriac
Greens, Dandelion
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Dill
Lettuce, Braising Mix
Lettuce, Red Leaf
Mystery Vegetable
Onion, Spring Yellow
Parsnip
Medium Box
Beet, Red
Carrot, Orange
Celery Root / Celeriac
Greens, Dandelion
Greens, Kale, Curly
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Dill
Lettuce, Braising Mix
Mystery Vegetable
Onion, Spring Yellow
Small Box
Beet, Chioggia
Carrot, Orange
Greens, Collards
Greens, Salad Mix
Herb, Fennel
Onion, Spring Yellow
Parsnip
Individual Box
Beet, Chioggia
Carrot, Orange
Lettuce, Braising Mix
Lettuce, Red Leaf
Onion, Spring Yellow
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