Arriving last week in Austin at the state’s biggest gathering of organic Texas farmers and ranchers started out like usual; like “old home week”. The TOFGA (Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Assoc.), conference attracts veteran farmers and ranchers of all acreage sizes, wanna-be ranchers, backyard home gardeners and supporters of the entire Texas organic food chain. Many see each other but once a year for this annual conference. As stewards of nature, vacations are few, so many look forward to this event for more reasons than one. A newly born piglet even got to come along for the trip as he was a bottle baby – not to be left at the local kennel. Continue reading
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White Rock Local Market kicks-off the season Saturday, March 2 at Lakeside Baptist Church on Garland Road with an extraordinary ‘Everything’ market day featuring local food trucks and live music from The Dave Burris Group. ‘Everything’ market days which include local farmers, growers and artisans as well as arts and crafts are reserved for the 1st and 2nd Saturdays of the month, while 3rd and 4th Saturdays are exclusively food driven. Continue reading
I spoke with Central 214’s executive chef Graham Dodds some months ago about Eden Creek Farms. They experienced a particularly rough 2011 due to the drought, and 2012 hasn’t been any easier. At that time Dodds mentioned that Steve and Kristine Orth might actually give up on their farming efforts, and it would be sad to lose this organic, bio-dynamic, bio-intensive and sustainable source of produce. Continue reading
Tomorrow (Saturday, June 30, 2012) Eden’s Organic Garden Center in Balch Springs will be hosting their special farmer’s market and will have some extra activities that should attract anyone looking for excellent fresh-from-the-farm produce and meats.
In addition to the regular market Eden’s owner Marie Tedei has announced a salsa and pesto challenge. Bring your sauces out to the farm to be judged by chef Graham Dodds from Central 214, Nanci Taylor from Edible DFW and myself. Continue reading
The Environmental Working Group is a non-profit organization that publishes an annual list detailing what they call the Dirty Dozen, or a variety of fruits and vegetables that are most polluted with pesticides. The EWG sets out to protect the most vulnerable segment of our population, namely children, and also looks to replace governmental guidelines with regards to the environment and our sustainable development.
All that being said, this year’s Dirty Dozen list includes fruits and vegetables you might normally consider somewhat safe such as potatoes and celery. The top offenders includes apples, peaches and strawberries. Continue reading