As part of the Dark Days Challenge I realized I needed to step out of my box (and the garden out in our backyard) and serious check out some of the local resources in my area. Two weeks ago I went to visit a friend in Austin, TX. I specifically went on a Wednesday because I wanted to visit Boggy Creek Farm and check out what they were all about.
Boggy Creek Farm is located 76 miles from me, but just a few miles outside of downtown Austin. Seriously, you are driving amongst the businesses and houses in downtown Austin, TX and BAM there it is, a farm in the midst of it all.
We arrived a little late and the produce tables where pretty empty, but as we walked round more things were piled onto the tables. More kale, lettuce, turnips, and broccoli.
I had kimchi in mind when I was there and when we first walked up to the tables I saw two lone, beautiful cabbages and I grabbed them! Mine! Kimchi! Even though I have turnips growing in my gardens, I couldn’t resist buying some of their turnips also. They were beautiful. I also bought a bunch of radishes (kimchi!) and some sweet potatoes and butternut squash.
They have a nice variety of fresh and frozen meats available, all local to the Austin area. I bought a chicken from HausBar Farm (link below). It is still in the freezer waiting for the right inspiration. We are eating a lot of pork and beef lately, and I have been craving chicken! I can envision a few meals coming from the chicken, including soup.
We wandered out back, behind the produce tables, and watched the chicken go about their antics. They were beautiful birds. We slowly walked along the edge of beautifully growing broccoli, chard, cauliflower and a variety of other things. You can see farm photos here and here from their website.
It was a great place to visit, opening up the door to more local resource for me. I know I will go back.
Here are a few of the farms they represent:
- Wateroak Farm (goat milk, goat cheese, yogurt)
- Coyote Creek Farm (organic eggs, beef, feed) Elgin, TX
- Slow Food Far (poultry, eggs, beef, pork, rabbit) Thorndale, TX
- HausBar Farms (poultry) Austin, TX