Boggy Creek Farm, Austin Tx
As a new transplant to Austin, I was not really sure what I would find. I had heard that the people were great and the city pretty cool, similar to Porland (Oregon) and my old "home" town of San Francisco. But I knew one thing for sure, Austin would not have a farmers market like SF's Ferry Plaza.
Seems I was right and wrong all at the same time.
A friend gave me the address for Boggy Creek Farm. She told me they held a wee market every Wednesday and Saturday, so my family and I shot down the 183 freeway to take a look - what a treasure we found.
Boggy Creek defines urban farming. In the heart of one of the city's working class neigborhoods lies five acres of organic farm land. Owned and farmed by Larry Butler and Carol Ann Sayle.
The farm began life in 1839 as James and Elizabeth Smith's fifty acre homestead, two and a half miles from the the "village of Austin" . Panthers preyed on the buffalos that roamed and the native Indians almost preyed at least once on the Smiths.
With Larry and Ann working the land chickens roam and foodies prey on their produce, when the farm stand is emptied a fresh crop is cut from the ground and brought to the seltered tables, serving not only as a food lovers place of paradise but a working illistration to the slew of children that were running around - veggies get pulled out of the ground and eggs come from real, live chickens.
P.S - if you stop by Boggy Creek, be sure to pick up some of Larry's smoke dried tomatoes, they are champion!
Written By: Jeremy Emmerson