Spring signals opportunity and the promise of things to come. Animals are birthed, buds bloom and new business ideas pop into people’s heads. It was, in fact, exactly two years ago that Edible Austin came into being. Being bold and taking risks is something more easily done when the birds are singing and the temperatures are mild.
This issue celebrates that spirit of spring. First, there’s John Roenigk’s message of “Hope Springs Eternal” in his Austin Wine Merchant ad on our inside back cover. (Please support our much-beloved advertisers whenever you can—they make it possible for us to publish our magazine and distribute it free of charge.) We offer stories about age-old brews and cooking practices made new again: Brew kombucha and beer at home; learn the practical and sustainable butchering and cooking techniques of using the whole animal from chef Jesse Griffiths. Grow your own fruit. Travel full circle with Stephen Lyons’s remembrances of time spent on his grandparents’ farm making sandwiches with a Toas-Tite. Get inspired by entrepreneurs Pati Jacobs (Bastrop Cattle Company), John Lash (Farm to Table) and the Reynolds sisters (Climb-On!) who buck the odds with hard work and smart ideas. Cartoonist Sam Hurt offers insights on how his magical root world could stimulate the economy.
Cover: Logan Clark of Richardson Farms hugs a spring piglet.
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