This morning at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Hergotz Lane.
A little over six months ago, I began volunteering at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, an organic CSA-based farm in Austin. I found out about this opportunity shortly after moving here three years ago. If you know me, I don’t really seem like a farm-y person, which is partly why it took me so long to try it out. But you know what? I keep going back because it’s kind of addictive.
Why? Because being outside, working with veggies, and maybe getting a little dirty is fun. Really! And it also might have something to do with the bounty of beautiful vegetables that you receive at the end.
I think my biggest concern about doing this was wondering what the heck I would do with all of that produce. This is also what kept me from joining a CSA because I only cook for myself. You quickly learn to use up the things that go bad first, and if you have a fear of pickling like I did, well, you get over it. (Pickled peppers are the BEST.)Continue reading
Up until a couple weekends ago, I hadn’t ever even seen pre-picked blueberries. However, it just so happens that my temporary summer location is 3.5 miles away from a pick-your-own farm, and the blueberries are currently in season! So yes, I took a billion pictures to document the occasion.
When you arrive, there’s a little hut at which you pick up a plastic bucket for filling to your heart’s desire.
Alright so blueberry bushes? They’re way bigger than I thought they would be and there were so many of them! The berries themselves were also the biggest I’d seen, which had pretty much only been the kind in pints at grocery stores. (I haven’t seen them at farmers markets in Texas before maybe because it’s too hot?) Continue reading