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At New Quarry Market, You Can Have Your Goat Two Ways


Mark Rodriguez (right) talks with customers about his Alamo City Pepper Products.

Sunday marked the grand opening of the Quarry Farmers and Ranchers Market. And it was indeed grand, with Mayor Julián Castro dropping by to mark the official opening. But the main attraction for many, and not just the younger set, was the pen Springfield Farms set up with baby goats that were glad to be fed and petted. A pair of hens was also on display, but they couldn’t compete with the goats for attention.

Oh, yeah, there were also fresh peaches, heirloom and conventional tomatoes, Indian cucumbers, kohlrabi, beans, blackberries, leeks and plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from nearby farms as well as baked goods, including some gluten-free, locally harvest honey, fresh cheeses and granola. One of the market’s organizers, David Lent, was handing out samples of organic watermelon.

Mark Rodriguez of Alamo City Pepper Products was sampling his series of seasonings, which included a powdered version of the Indian ghost pepper. Even a touch on the tip of a toothpick was enough to set one’s tongue on fire. Far milder but no less flavorful were the Jalapeño Salt, Honey Chipotle and Hatch Green Chile Salt.

A baby goat waits for a treat.

Koch Ranches offered grass-fed kebabs, hot dogs and sliders, including some made from ground cabrito, which proved to be the big seller of the morning. Did anybody make the connection between the cabrito on the bun and cabritos in the pen? Did anybody care?

They were more interested in checking out the varieties of squash on display, including calabaza, zucchini, yellow and pattypan, which one vendor said she liked to fix simply by sautéing it with salt, pepper and a little olive oil.

The lineup of farmers, ranchers and culinary artisans included Cowgirl Granola, Edelen Farm, Engel Farms, From Deborah’s Garden, Good Gluten-Free Foods, Humble House Foods, Koch Ranches, Markley Family Farm, My Father’s Farm, Nature’s Select, Orange Blossom Farm, Patty’s Petals, Sol y Luna Baking Co., Springfield Farm, The Gardener’s Feast, The Lemonade Co. and Zamudio Farm.

The market runs each Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Indian cucumbers

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Cinco for Cinco de Mayo, or any Other Day


Carne de Puerco en Chile Cascabel at Rosario's

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Try these five Mexican specialties found around town:

1. Carne de Puerco en Chile Cascabel at Rosario’s Mexican Cafe y Cantina, 910 S. Alamo St. – What could be more luscious than a taco filled with tender chunks of pork simmered in a spicy sauce made with Mexican cascabel chiles? How about three in an order? The cascabel chile isn’t featured often in San Antonio restaurants, so this is a great way of broadening your experience of the wide world of chiles. Toast the day with Mexican Handshake margarita.

2. Tres leches cake at Aldaco’s Stone Oak, 20079 Stone Oak Parkway – Blanca Aldaco helped introduce San Antonio to this sumptuous, creamy dessert. Her version remains the best in town, and she now offers it in a variety of flavors, several of which are seasonal, such as strawberry and pumpkin. Enjoy the signature Avocado Margarita on the gorgeous patio.

3. Cabrito al horno at La Hacienda de los Barrios, 18747 Redland Road – You don’t find cabrito on too many menus, and few in town serve goat as succulent as this version. Roasted in the oven until it practically falls off the bone, this mild-flavored, delicate meat is served in a tangy tomato sauce. Pass the evening on the spacious patio with a chilled Pacifico Cerveza and a wedge of lime.

Tacos al pastor at Erick's Tacos

4. Tacos al pastor at Erick’s Tacos, 12715 Nacogdoches Road – Mini-tacos heaped high with marinated, shredded pork arrive open faced with plenty of fresh cilantro and chopped. Squeeze fresh lime juice on top. Try an icy Mexican Fresca, which will help tame some of the heat from the fiery habanero salsa.

5. Shrimp enchiladas at Los Roberto’s Taco Shop, 2216 W. Bitters Road – A soft, handmade corn tortilla encloses an abundant helping of shrimp cloaked in a velvety sauce. Halfway through your order, you’ll be thinking about your next visit to this taqueria, which is open 24/7. A tall glass of rice-based horchata, an agua fresca with a touch of cinnamon, is a perfect complement to the meal.

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