Spring 2009

spring2009cover.jpgSpring 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.
Photograph by Jody Horton.

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Notable Edibles
The Cove Restaurant , Texas Medicinals , Farm to Table , Funky Chicken Coop Tour , Monument Café

Cattle Call
Pati Jacobs grows Bastrop Cattle Company's business and fan base.

Farmer’s Diary
Arnosky Family Farm has flower power.

Edible Brew
This ancient fermented brew is making a comeback in markets and at home.

Edible Brew II
BYOB: Brew Your Own Beer.

Edible Endeavors
Going Whole Hog
Richardson Farms practices sustainable agriculture and Jesse Griffiths teaches how to appreciate the whole hog.

Edible Nation
Middlemen on a Mission
A new kind of middleman is helping small farmers get their produce into larger stores without sacrificing quality or income.

In Your Own Backyard
The Pursuit of Fruit
Growing your own fruit in Central Texas is easy when you know what to plant.

La Casita de Buen Sabor
Lucinda Hutson whips up some springtime dishes using cilantro and coriander.

Edible Ed
The Texas Culinary Academy teaches in their gardens.

Department of Organic Youth
Breez Smith raps on bug-slaying.

Cooking Fresh
A Taste of Freedom
Gluten-free cooking comes of age.

Stephen Lyons's Toas-Tite treasure.

Tipsy Texan
Garden to glass.

Seasonal Plate
Wink's seasonal bison salad.

Root Causes
The root world stimulates the economy.

From the ashes—Climb On!

Ask the Permie pro
Permie pro's advice for spring planting.

Seasonal Muse
How to grow the best-tasting tomato.

Homegrown Gourmet
Bridget's green fling.

Eat Wild
Spring is the best time to find wild greens.

Art de Terroir
Wendy Ford Mackey.