The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is growing again.
In addition to growing with four very special additions, the market has taken on an international theme and now has members and cuisine from Spain (La Mancha Specialties), China and Germany (Ming’s Thing), Chile (YAPA Artisan Empanadas), Venezuela (Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese), Mexico (La Panaderia and The Gardener’s Feast), Korea (Oh Kimchi Austin) and India (Nisha’s Quick-N-Ezee Indian Food).
These members, who now reside in San Antonio and the surrounding areas, hail directly from their native countries and offer authentic recipes from their homelands — many of these recipes have been passed down through the generations. This represents the cross-section of the Alamo City’s growing diverse populations and its expanding international food scene.
The four newest additions that are adding layers of flavor to the market include:
La Mancha Specialties
A fifth generation butcher from Consuegra, Spain, Ignacio Gallego missed his family’s tradition of making chorizo. And, of course, eating it. As classically trained musicians playing with the San Antonio Symphony, Ignacio and his wife, Marisa Bushman, are as into food as they are music, and so they created La Mancha Specialties in order to share their love of food with others.
Together, Gallego and Bushman make three different kinds of authentic Spanish chorizo–both fresh and dried–for a total of six varieties. Using Gallego’s family’s recipes that have been passed through the generations, along with traditional Spanish spices, the two are delighted to share a piece of their family’s heritage with San Antonio.
Considered the “lamb guru” among food connoisseurs and chefs, as well as the farming/ranching community across Central and South Texas, Loncito Cartwright has parlayed his expertise raising lamb into heritage pigs through his latest venture, Peaceful Pork.
He raises Red Wattled and Large Black breeds where they roam in the mesquite flats of the coastal bend. They are fed non-GMO, barley-based feed and are truly pastured pigs. Cuts from nose-to-tail are available, along with porchetta ranging from 5-9 pounds.
While no longer raising lamb to sell at the market, he has passed his knowledge on to his friends of Hudspeth River Ranch Lamb, who raise and sell native-fed lamb at the market.
Mother Culture is the brainchild of Michelle Garrido, mother of three, founder of a local food club and the Weston A. Price Foundation chapter leader. A lover of raw milk, her dream was to have a business where she was able to share her affinity for grass-fed dairy as well as its by-products and health benefits with others.
Using raw milk from Miller Dairy Farm, Garrido’s Greek yogurt — made with local honey — is a market favorite and her signature blend is plain yogurt. She also has a coconut yogurt with unsweetened, organic coconut. All varieties are available plain and with raw honey. Loaded with probiotics, you can also pick up a container of whey or kefir.
Oh Kimchi Austin
Our affection for fermentation and probiotics continues with a half dozen varieties of authentic Korean kimchi from Oh Kimchi Austin. In just a handful of months after starting their new venture, Duane and Abbi Lunde’s kimchi business has taken Austin and now San Antonio by storm. They sell-out each week and enjoy buying produce from fellow farmers at the market to make this spicy Korean delight.
From Heather Hunter, co-founder and director of The Quarry Market, in the parking lot near Whole Foods Market. It is open each Sunday from 9 am – 1 pm, year-round, rain or shine.