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Farm to Market Is One Man’s Dream Served Up to Hungry Customers


 

Who can resist a cup of sunshine at New Braunfels Farm to Market?

The following is the second of two parts.

Weeks before the New Braunfels Farm to Market opened last year, its creator, Ron Snider, wasn’t sure any farmers would show up to sell their just-harvested produce. Two weeks ago, the farmers market on South Castell Street boasted 72 vendors, the largest of any market in the region. Everything from fresh-picked peaches and tomatoes to grass-fed beef, artisan cheeses, fresh eggs and various types of garlic could be found.

More than that, it had plenty of customers picking up melons, mushrooms, Indian cucumbers and Indian breads while clearing out all of the offerings that the bakeries, the tamale vendor and several other booths had to offer. The roster of food stuffs for sale went on to include Cowgirl Granola, fresh-squeezed juices, German kettle corn and aguas frescas.

Plus, there were stands with handmade goods, including soaps and lavender goods, as well as henna tattoos and home-grown herbs.

New Braunfels Farm to Market's Ron Snider with his wife, Carol, and their granddaughter, 15-month-old Charlotte Lowe.

But, as large as it is, Farm to Market is only just beginning. Snider owns the art deco building next door to the parking lot where the vendors now set up their booths, and he is in the process of renovating it so the market has plenty of room to grow. Cooks will then have the necessary kitchen equipment as well as cleanup area, while some of the vendors will have better access to electricity to keep their meats, cheeses, dairy products and other items refrigerated.

The building once housed the Herald-Zeitung, New Braunfels’ newspaper, and Snider hopes to return its exterior to its former deco appearance, which was covered through the years by additions and a few too many Alsatian touches. He’s still doing research on the building, which hasn’t been easy.

“Most of the documented history of the old Herald-Zeitung Building was lost when the paper’s location on Landa Street flooded about 10 years ago,” he says. “I have a copy of the original architects’ rendering done by Phelps and Dewees of San Antonio. I’ve contacted family members and our local archives, but I have yet to find the true construction date or an as-built photograph. The only photos I’ve found to date have one or both of the additions.”

Snider began his career in the restaurant business and, after several detours, is glad to be back among food producers, chefs, bakers, butchers and the whole array of vendors who return every Saturday.  Watch him as he stops to talk with vendors and customers alike. “They have good cupcakes,” he says at the Sweet Dreams bakery booth. “They have good everything.”

Braune Farms of Geronimo is one of the vendors at New Braunfels Farm to Market.

He offers similar praise at every booth, whether it’s the sliders from Liberty Bistro or the farm-fresh poultry from Shady Falls Farm in Elmendorf.

“The market crowd for me is enjoyment,” he says. “I enjoy the connection with friendly farmers, ranchers, foodies and artists who are Farm to Market. These self-sufficient people who grow and make things with their hands have a certain satisfaction, pride and continence that you don’t find that often anymore. Gathering them outdoors with family, friends and neighbors makes traditional local markets something much more than a redundant march through another climate-controlled big box run.”

New Braunfels Farm to Market Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, click here.

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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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New Farmers, Ranchers Market Opens at the Quarry


Heather Hunter (right) offers tastes of her Cowgirl Granola to customers.

The organizers behind the new Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market may have planned for a soft opening Sunday, but if turnout is any indication, it was a solid success.

Twelve vendors offered fresh produce, artisan cheeses, gluten-free foods, meats, orchids and more to a healthy turnout of shoppers.

Kohlrabi

“We only had five weeks to pull ourselves together,” said Heather Hunter, who organized the market and who sold her Cowgirl Granola at the market. “And we’ve had a steady steam of customers all morning.”

Studio One dance instructor Esteban Cardenas was one of the many who showed up to shop at nearby Whole Foods and was pleased to see the collection of fresh produce for sale in the parking lot in front of the store.

Radishes, garlic blossoms, new potatoes, greens, zucchini and onions were among the foods for sale. Manuela Zamudio of Zamudio’s Farm in Natalia had some fresh kohlrabi, which she said she likes to cut up and serve raw in salads or serve by itself.

Chef Jason Dady of the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills made the market an occasion for a family outing, and his two daughters enjoyed some of the first peaches of the season.

Orchids are part of the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market offerings.

Humble House Foods offered fresh mozzarella while Good offered gluten-free cakes, cookies, sweets and breads. Whole Foods also had a table, showing its support for the venture.

David Lent, who organized the market with Hunter, said he expects 10 more vendors by the market’s grand opening on June 5. “At least 50 percent of the booths will always be produce,” he said.

A blues guitarist provided some morning music at one end of the market. In the near future, the organizers plan on having a tent with chairs where people can listen to experts talk about the health benefits of some of the foods available, such as grass-fed beef.

Radishes, onions and flowers are among the season's offerings.

The market will be open 8 a.m.-noon each Sunday in the Quarry parking lot, 255 E. Basse Road, though a good turnout could keep the vendors selling a half-hour or so later, Hunter said.

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And the Winners Are …


SavorSA would like to thank all the people who stopped our booth Saturday during Olives Olé.

The fundraiser for Les Dames d’Escoffier was held on a perfect spring day in South Texas with wildflowers filling the scene with color.

We also want to announce the winners of our drawing, which featured three prizes. The lucky people are

  • Karen Hoehne, who will receive a certificate for a three-course tasting menu for two at Biga on the Banks, 203 S. St. Mary’s.
  • Joyce & Shane Calhoun, who won a $50 certificate to Auden’s Kitchen, 700 E. Sonterra Blvd.
  • Carolyn LaRue, who will get to choose two packages of Cowgirl Granola as well as a bag of the company’s new gluten-free Organic Blue Cornmeal Pancake Mix with either Texas pecans or walnuts.

Congratulations to our winners, and thanks to our donors.

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A Granola for the Season


CowgirlGranolaAre you mad for granola?  Then you may want to check out the pumpkin spice blend granola that Cowgirl Granola has produced for this Thanksgiving.

The San Antonio company is offering a granola made with seasonal spices as well as dried orange-cranberries, perfect flavors for those who can’t enough during the holiday.

The special granola is only available through the end of the month. It sells for $8 for a 12-ounce package.

You can purchase it or the two regular flavors (Original with organic raisins and Cranberry with dried cranberries) by calling (210) 865-5900, online at www.cowgirlgranola.com or at the Leon Springs Farmers Market, 13222 Boerne Stage Road every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

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