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The Pearl Farmers Market is now selling pork.  South Texas Heritage Pork will be selling chops, ribs, sliced pork belly (uncured bacon), ground pork, and fresh ham steaks.  The farm, located southeast of Floresville, raises Tamworth, English Large Black, and their crossbreeds.  Their website is www.southtexasheritagepork.com. Today, Pearl will also be hosting the San Antonio Herb Society's Basil Fest.  There will be a seminar on growing and harvesting the herb, a Mediterranean cooking demonstration, a youth gardening event, as well as a cooking competition among local chefs, the People's Choice Pesto Challenge.  More information is at their website: www.sanantonioherbmarket.org. This week, the farmers market at San Antonio Botanical Gardens only had two vendors plus the plant sales.  Celia Rios of Peralta Farms said that there are usually five sellers and that this week was an anomaly.  Even though there was a limited number of booths, her farm offered a great selection including potatoes (Idaho and red), squash (zucchini and yellow), okra, jalapeños, onions (1015 and white), pickling cucumbers, beans (green, purple hull, and black-eyed peas), and melon (watermelon and cantaloupe).  Anthony Micheli of Hillside Farms in Stonewall brought tomatoes, green beans, squash, and Gala peaches.  He said that he anticipates that his freestone varieties will be ready in 3 weeks. Leon Springs Farmers Market has posted on Facebook some of the produce items available today:  tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, squash, okra, potatoes, onions, cantaloupe, watermelon, and pecans.  They are also offering fresh seafood, grass-fed beef, honey, eggs, and goat cheese.  For the garden, there will be plants and herbs.  The market features live music. Leon Springs Farmers Market 24133 Boerne Stage Rd. Leon Springs, TX www.leonspringsfm.com Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. - noon Pearl Farmers Market 200 E. Grayson St. San Antonio, TX 78215 www.pearlfarmersmarket.com Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. San Antonio Botanical Garden 555 Funston Place San Antonio, TX 78209 www.sabot.org Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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