Angie Omer from Angie’s Sweet Treats!

Meet our new baker, Angie Omer from Angie’s Sweet Treats

One bite of Angie’s moist, homemade banana bread will have you saying goodbye to store bought treats for good. As the soft crunch of oats and moist raisins tickle your tastebuds and warming cinnamon sugar floods your senses you’ll be transported to your childhood. Angie’s homemade treats, which range from sweet and salty Pumpkin Raisin Nut Muffins to crunchy Peanut Butter Brittle to Chocolate Muffins are all on sale at our Saturday farm stand.

Angie began baking with her mother when she was 10 years old. Together they made pies, cookies, and other sweet treats. “She was always baking”, Angie remembers, “I always wanted to help her bake. I even had a little cookbook I would cook from alongside her”. Angie remembers many days when she would measure and chop alongside her. She mentioned baking is a lot like muscle memory, after watching her grandfather make barbecue sauce, she can still remember his method today. Angie believes this is the best way to learn how to bake, and now teaches her granddaughter the same way.

For over 30 years, Angie worked as the baker and cook for Austin ISD. She’s been a member of New Covenant Church for over 40 years, and her community has been tasting the benefits of her baking ever since. She loves experimenting with different baked goods for the holidays; first exploring with cakes for each household, then little bags of cookies, and (get this) even massive cookies she makes in a pizza pan to get their size right. One year, she even made a cookbook, “Angie’s Favorite Desserts”, for her church after people were begging her for her recipes. Where did these delicious recipes come from? Most were passed down by her mother, tried and true AISD recipes, and she’s even adapted recipes from the internet to perfect them. Her favorite thing to bake are cinnamon rolls, which she explains are one of the easiest treats to make, don’t require a ton of ingredients “just a lot of flour” and are always a crowd pleaser. She’s also a fan of classic chocolate cakes and cupcakes which she decorates with meticulous design and planning.

Angie’s Sweet Treats is truly a family-focused business that integrates recipes passed down from her mother, and website/logo design by her son. As the supervisor of tech and communication at Austin ISD and an artist, Angie says “I couldn’t do this without him”. Since Green Gate’s goal is to pair with its surrounding community and serve its community more than simply vegetables, we’re delighted that Angie is one of our neighbors from Colony Park.

Want to improve your baking? Angie stresses the importance of using good quality ingredients, “my daughter kept using margarine and I told her you gotta use butter and good butter!”. In some of her baked goods, she uses King Arthur’s whole wheat flour, honey, and coconut oil to lighten them up. However, for lovers of classic baked goods filled with the classic butter, white sugar, and white flour. She laughed that while our farm customers love healthier ingredients, the brownies and cookies are still sold-out every week.

Angie has even challenged herself to start developing gluten free-recipes, an always tricky feat. Instead of attempting to mix the plethora of gluten-free flours yourself, she recommends using King Arthur Measure for Measure flour. Measure-for Measure flour claims to be usable in most baked goods, with the exception of yeasted bread. Angie is looking to master gluten-free flour mainly in her muffins and cakes to make them available for those that maintain a gluten-free diet.

Angie is able to sell her baked goods under the Cottage Food Law, signed into law under Governor Perry in 2011. “I didn’t care for Perry before, but now I say “Yay Perry!”. Angie started selling her delicious treats at the Lakeline Farmers Market, but was more interested in a smaller community. Believing it would be a great partnership between fresh vegetables and baked goods, she reached out to Green Gate to inquire about selling her baked goods.

Mastering the classics of baking with fresh and healthy ingredients, Angie’s delectable baked goods are not to miss. My mouth waters as I think about the crisp on the outside, soft and most on the inside Double Chocolate muffins she sells that evoke memories of childhood baking with my own mother. Angie evokes childhood nostalgia with every blissful bite of her freshly baked treats, and her baking has been an outpouring of love for her community for over 40 years.

Join us for Yoga at the Farm

Need to unwind from the week on our beautiful farm? Join us for Yoga the Farm on April 22nd, from 12-1pm. All levels are welcome and encouraged to come, our instructor can accomodate all levels of experience. Cost for yoga is $10 and please bring your own mat, but we will have extras. Come find your breath in a community-building, all-levels yoga practice…and then swing by our bountiful farm stand (organic veggies, herbs, eggs, pastured meats)!

Sign up here.

HMI Presents: Open Gate at Green Gate Farms

Join us April 29, 9am-4pm  for the Green Gate Farms Day, part of HMI’s Open Gate Learning Series. Open Gates are peer-to-peer action-based learning days with short presentations and small group exercises geared for participants to share discoveries and management techniques with guidance from experienced facilitators and producers.

Since 1984, HMI has helped communities grow and thrive by educating family farmers and ranchers and pastoralists in regenerative agricultural practices that empower them to strengthen their businesses, produce healthier food, improve local wildlife habitats and protect the environment. Their mission is to educate people in regenerative agriculture for healthy land and thriving communities.

Presenters include Peggy Sechrist from Holistic Management, Skip Connett & Erin Flynn, Green Gate Farm Owners, Ronda Rutledge the Executive Director of Sustainable Food Center • Robert Maggiani from NCAT (National Center for Appropriate Technology), and Edwin Marty, a Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin.

In addition to Erin & Skip’s story and tour of the farm, there will be a wonderful in-depth discussion about the benefits and challenges of neighborhood farms. The lunch will be lovingly made by Andria Millie from Culvito Catering from pork and vegetables grown at Green Gate Farm.

Click here for more information and to sign up.
Scholarship opportunities are available.

Notes from the Field 11/10/16

Howdy Folks,

Blister beetles have been storming the river farm during this fine raining week. The beetles mutilated the chard, everything else is hanging in and growing big for a ride to your dinner plate. At the city farm we have a few new treats growing strong. Cilantro, collards, head lettuce, and golden frill mustard should all be making their way into the shares over the next few weeks. The squash is tapering out, enjoy the rest while it lasts. And if you are ever looking to get your hands on more of Green Gate’s rocking vegetables we are beginning to wholesale with Vinaigrette (http://www.vinaigretteonline.com/) and In.gredients (https://in.gredients.com/). Thank you for being a part of our CSA, we all look forward to continuing and building our relationship with y’all. Until next time.

-Farmer Ali

Green Gate Farms 10th Anniversary Party!

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Join us in celebrating

Green Gate Farms 10th Anniversary Party

on Saturday, September 24th from 4-10PM

We are thrilled to be celebrating 10 years of organic farming here in Austin, Texas, and we have big news to share about the future of the farm! We want to thank our farm friends, past and present, by inviting you all to the farm party of the year! Join us on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 4PM-10PM for live music, dancing and great food. There will be a potluck so bring a covered dish (and your own blanket, cups, plates and cutlery), your guitar, your kids (no pets though), a drum and help us celebrate!

What: Green Gate Farms’ 10th Anniversary Party will be a celebration of local, organic food, flowers and farms at one of East Austin’s most historic farms.

The celebration will include:

  • Potluck (bring a dish to share!) 
  • Local Brews 
  • Barn Hug 
  • Live Music 
  • Aztec Dancing to Bless the Farm 
  • Drum Circle – BYOD, bring your own drum 
  • Games for all ages 
  • Unveiling of our new Farm Development Plan

The event is free and open to all ages. 

When: Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 4-6PM

Where: At our Urban Farm, 8310 Canoga Ave. Austin, TX 78724 (near Decker Lane and FM 969) 

Who: Everyone is invited! CSA members, volunteers, workshare members, neighbors, community supporters, etc. Even if you have never been to our farm before, this is a great time to visit.

Website link: https://greengatefarms.net/10th-anniversary-party/

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/232556787109840/

Sign up to volunteer – email Carolyn at carolynweaver813@gmail.com.