Mother’s Day Bouquet-Making Class at our east Austin farm! Saturday, May 8th, class repeats at 10:00 and 1:00. After a tour of the flower fields, Farmer Erin will teach you how to make an extra special bouquet for your Mom using freshly harvested flowers and herbs. (Admission includes tour and one bouquet.) Bring your friends! We’ll meet at the picnic tables beside Big Red Barn. Sign up here on our website.
Floral Tattoo Classes are back! Saturday, May 22 at our east Austin farm, class repeats at 10 and 1. Learn how to make a bracelet, necklace or anklet of fresh flowers and herbs. This fun, easy class also includes a portrait session. Perfect for birthdays, celebrations. Sign up here.
Farm Camp for Adults GGF founders will share their secrets (and mistakes) is happening May 2nd and June 6th!
Farm Stand and REKO Ring: Preorder for a touchless pick up at our east Austin farm, Saturdays, 10-12. To join our Reko Ring online ordering group follow this link!
Green Gate Gift Cards Available Need something special for your friends and family? Give the gift of fresh, organic food! We have Farm Bucks for all your celebrations.
FLOWER BOUQUETS AVAILABLE Our flower fields are beginning to pop – ranunuculs, narcissus, sunflowers and more are starting to bloom. The fragrance is amazing! You’re welcome to join our 12-week Flower CSA to receive a weekly bouquet (prorated from the week you join) or sign up for 4-weeks of flowers for the month of May or June. Each week we post a photo that helps you identify your stems as well as gardening tips.
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Flower Power Workshares: Learn how to cultivate organic cut flowers this spring. Perfect for gardeners of all abilities. Apply here
Spring Veggie Workshares: Learn to grow organic veggies with us at the farm
We’re hiring! Seeking a farm manager and seasonal workers for both farm locations. See www.greengatefarms.net
By Farmer Kalina
One of the many pleasures of spring time at the farm is allium harvesting! We grow a variety of alliums including garlic, green onions, spring onions, bulbing onions, garlic chives, and leeks. Most of these incredible plants are planted in the fall and grow throughout the winter and into early spring.
While they take their time growing to size, they have so much to offer us as farmers and as eaters! These incredible crops are able to withstand freezing temperatures, even the harsh winter storm that hit central Texas this past February. They are also pest resistant, and are used by some farmers to deter pests from their fields. This is done by planting them throughout the farm, close to less hardy crops. If all of that wasn’t enough to make you swoon for alliums, for many of these crops we are easily able to save their seeds at the end of the season, to be used the following year. Not to mention their delicious flavor that is enjoyed in so many recipes!
Over the past couple of weeks we have begun our garlic harvest! One of my first weeks back on the farm, on a warm early September morning, I planted three rows of Texas red garlic. Last week I harvested these rows and was rewarded with over 300 heads of garlic that is now hanging to dry in our historic Bergstrom barn. This garlic will store throughout the late spring and summer. The ability to have storage crops is a blessing for Texas farmers, where the many crops do not thrive during our intense summers. The bulbs of garlic that broke during the harvest, will be saved and used as seed garlic in the fall. And thus the cycle for this incredible allium will continue.
In the coming weeks we will harvest more of these long awaited wonders. Next week, we will be harvesting the first leeks of the season. Some of which have grown into some of the thickest and tallest stocks I have seen! Elephant garlic, with its huge cloves and delicious flavor will be next, and the bulbing storage onions will be to follow. There is much to look forward to with this family of plants throughout this change of seasons.
There’s still availability if you want to pick up one of these beautiful bouquets weekly at our CSA drop-sites all over Austin and Bastrop! Sign up on our website here.
*Items are subject to change based on availability!
Buttered Radish Toast - Try this classic, simple, and satisfying snack with your radishes this week!
Pan Fried Turnips with Thyme - Turn your turnips into this crunchy flavorful side!
Swiss Chard and Kale Frittata - Use your greens to make this full and hearty meal!