Ten years ago, we celebrated Farmer Skip’s 50th as we moved into the now 114-year-old Bergstrom farmhouse. The house was empty yet we were filled with anticipation.
Because when I had asked how Skip he wanted to celebrate his mid-life birthday, he said, “I want to raise my own pig on my farm and invite all my friends to celebrate.”
This request came from a man who wore a tie to work, wrote speeches at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta and hadn’t lived on a farm in nearly forty years. While some friends suspected a mid-life crisis, I knew that this yearning was not new. The man I married would not feel complete without realizing his dream to farm, so we set the wheels in motion.
Ten years ago, there were no friends. I had been away from Austin for many years so it was my family that gathered to cut his birthday cake. Ten years ago, there was no pig and Green Gate Farms was nothing more than a rototiller and a crazy dream.
Today Skip is 60. And on Saturday we will celebrate him and the countless friends who helped create a community farm through generosity and passion. There will be a pig roast thanks to chef Tony Grasso. And there will be good news.
A year of negotiations between Green Gate Farms, Roberts Resorts — the farm property’s new owner — and the City of Austin bore fruit last week.
TBG Partners, hired by our landlord, devised a plan that will incorporate our four-acre farm into Roberts’ larger development of tiny homes, RVs and manufactured homes. This plan includes Green Gate Farms and the historic 1902 Swedish buildings – barn, farmhouse and cottages. The drawings will be unveiled at Saturday’s Potluck Party (4-10pm).
In addition, our long-awaited desire to extend our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program to SNAP (a.k.a. food stamp) users has been realized thanks to the Sustainable Food Center. Did you know that 25% of Austinites qualify for SNAP? Now, these vouchers can be redeemed and doubled at our farm stand because of funding from the Double Dollar program. Be sure to tell your favorite musician, artist, teacher, military vet, Americorps worker and other SNAP users that we are hosting a sign-up party and free farm tour on June 11, 11-2 that will ensure their food budget goes twice as far.
As we look forward to another decade of feeding and growing community, a beloved CSA member has arranged for her Aztec dance troop to bless the farm. Following this, we will gather for a Barn Hug. All hands are needed to encircle the Big Red Barnthat has provided so much fun, shelter, and service. (Anyone have a drone that can photograph this event?).
So spread the word. It’s time for new beginnings – birthdays, graduations and a hopeful
Bring a friend, bring an instrument, bring a dish to share. Let’s celebrate!
Is it really already mid-June? Well as we solidly enter the second half of the season, we’ve alreadybegun to think about the fall. We’re trying to get our seed orders placed so we can began seeding fall tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants as soon as this week. Seems like the summer just started, though. Last week we saw some pretty hot days, and this week it looks like will get a break with some slightly cooler weather, and possible more rain… We also saw the very first eggplants come on, hopefully we’ll have enough for the shares soon, and there are lots of melons in the fields. This week in the shares you’ll see more potatoes and shallots, okra, cucumbers, the very last carrots,and green tomatoes. Hope yall enjoy and thanks for supporting us! Farmer Jason
ABUNDANT SUMMER CSA: WEEK 12A
RESERVE YOUR FALL YUMMIES, JOIN THE FALL CSA TODAY! At just $25 a week, and 14 pick-up spots (and more forming) all over town, our CSA is affordable and convenient.
[1 Basil] [2 Carrots] [3 Cherry Tomatoes] [4 Potatoes] [5 Okra] [ 6 Tomatoes] [7 Cucumbers] [8 Shallots] [9 Peppers, variety]
Farm educator Michelle starting orientation for the students from Austin Christian Academy. 05/08/2015
RECIPE SHARE WITH FARM EDUCATOR MICHELE
Natural Pickled Cucumbers
We have had so many tomatoes, okra, and cucumbers this season that we’ve needed to be creative with how they are processed. The best way to get vegetables to last longer than their season, and a method that has been used by nearly every culture for as long as people have been cultivating their food, is through fermentation.
Farmer Michele shares her favorite method for pickling cucumbers (or nearly any crunch vegetable), the natural way.
For other delicious recipes using veggies from your CSA this week, check out our Pinterest account.
Come out to the Cidery for the release of their new cider, Grafter Rosé, and to support Green Gate Farms!
Nothing is better on a Texas summer’s day than a cold glass of rosé, and nothing goes better with rosés than BRISKET! Tony Grasso of Moontower Co-op and Native Family will be smoking brisket and providing a variety of farm-fresh sides and other delectables to accompany.
The produce and brisket will all come from Central Texas farms, with a particular focus on sourcing ingredients from farms hit hardest by the recent Memorial Day floods.
10% of ticket purchases will also go to support Green Gate Farms and their New Farm Institute.
Live Music from the Brothers Diers and Possum Posse!
Click Here to buy your tickets.
WORLD REFUGEE DAY
Our farm’s partnership with Multi-cultural Refugee Coalition gives us great joy. We have the opportunity to help people who are passionate about farming bring new flavors to Central Texas. An ongoing hurdle, though, continues to be getting folks to the farm. You can help advance this program by becoming a TRANSPORTATION SPONSOR. Call us to learn more, 512-484-2746.
HOG SPECIAL + MEAT WEEK NEXT WEEK
The meat from our rare-breed Guinea Hogs has an unmatched flavor and is perfect for grilling. Lucky for you, we have a few whole meat shares available from smaller animals (about 60 pounds).
These go quickly so give us a call to get an unbelievable mix of meat, bones and other parts you can’t find in a store, 512-484-2746.
Green Gate Farms Urban Farm
8310 Canoga Avenue, Austin, TX 78724
Please join us this Saturday for a plant sale. We will be selling fresh, organic vegetable starts for your home-gardening pleasure!
Red Russian and Tuscan (Dino) Kale
Fordhook and Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Georgia Collard Greens
VitaVerde and Snowball Cauliflower
Black Summer Pac Choi*
Osaka Purple Mustard Greens*
$2 for Small
$3 for Large
*Sold in a 6-pack for $5
Crop Mob: River Farm Fall Planting
Thursday, Sept. 26, Friday, Sept. 27, & Saturday, Sept. 28
Fall is here at Green Gate Farms! Our River Farm is going through a difficult time, we have had a plague of grasshoppers and your help is needed to ensure that what we have planted (and replanted) survives.
What: A Crop Mob gives folks a chance to join in the help and harvest on sustainable area farms, like the fall olive harvest we arranged at nearby CaraCara farm. This means you get to visit a farm and lend a hand when it’s most needed. Every one leaves with food as available. No experience necessary. Youth 15 years and older welcome; parents assume all responsibility for the supervision and safety of their children. Please leave pets at home.
: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8:45 meeting at Green Gate Farms, or 9:30 meeting at the River Farm.Where:
Meet at Green Gate Farms, 8310 Canoga Ave., Austin 78724 to caravan to the River Farm. Volunteers are welcome to work all day; however, some vans will return to Green Gate Farms by noon. If you live near Bastrop, you can meet us at the River Farm. Click here
How: Wear sturdy shoes that cover your feet, long pants, hat, and bring gloves: it can be prickly out there! Make sure to bring your own ice water, sunscreen, and snack/food. Covered toes required.
SPRING SEASON KICKS OFF with WEED DATING!
February Farm Events Schedule
Austin, TX, February 4, 2013 – Green Gate Farmswelcomes the community to its historic, certified organic farm for its eighth year of farming and educational events. Activities below are in addition to our weekly farm tour (every Saturday at noon) and Free Fridays at the Farm (10-2), a morning outing for parents who want to introduce their children to sustainable agriculture. This month’s fun:
WEED DATING, Saturday, February 16, 4-8pm: If you prefer pheromones to Facebook, join us for our farm version of speed dating. Open to ages 18-98, no farming/gardening experience required. Free event. Bring a dish/drink to share for potluck following farm tour, chores. Donation-based babysitting can be arranged by calling 484-2746.Weed daters who meet here and progress to matrimony eligible for free on-farm wedding!
FARM WORK DAY + SEED SWAP, Saturday, Feb. 23, 10-2pm. Families welcome.
CSA Sign-Up Starts Now: Reserve your share of our 20-week Vegetable/Flower/Egg CSAs season. Your membership keep our doors open. Long-term, discounted, full and half shares (even free shares!) available.
Seeking Workshare Staff, Interns: Interested in learning to farm or swapping food for work? Workshare members needed at Urban Farm and River Farm (near Bastrop). Attend orientations to learn more: Thursdays 9:00-9:45 or Saturdays, 12-1:30.
Volunteer Opportunities: ‘Tater planting — 7 tons! — time is here. All hands needed at both farms now. No experience necessary. Sign up at http://greengatefarms.net/volunteer/form/.
Early Bird Camp Enrollment: Get the early-bird rate by enrolling in our Farm Camps before March 1. Kids Camps include: day camps held on AISD holidays (Feb. 18), Spring/Summer break, and Family Farm Days.
SAVE THE DATE: ORGANIC PLANT SALE + SEED SWAP, Saturday, March 9, 10-2
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