Here is your invitation:
You are invited to the Austin Co-op Music Festival this Friday, October 24th from 6 - 10PM at the French Legation (802 San Marcos St). It's been months in the making and ICC Austin is proud to have an opportunity to bring the co-op community together for some music, mingling, and crazy fun! There will be 13 local co-op businesses from Wheatsville to REI to Black Star Co-op.
We've got carving pumpkins for halloween. They are decently sized and cost $4.99 each. Look for them at the entrance of the store, and in the produce department near the rest of the sqaush.
Eat your Greens!
The greens are looking good right now. We currently have some local turnip greens from Morrison Organic Farms in Cleburne, Texas. Also, lacinato kale has made it back on our greens line. We hope to see more local greens over the next few months -- be advised!
Right now, we have a few new local vendors in our line up right now, Dr. Dirt Organics, and -- (bar) W farms in Mullin, TX. From -- (bar) W, we have green beans and french breakfast radishes. They are grown using sustainable farming methods, and are pesticide free. Dr. Dirt Organics products are USDA Organic certified, and grown here in town. We currently have some 2 oz bunches of lemongrass, and basil from them. Look for the helpful tips on using lemongrass near the signs for the product. Lemongrass is an essential ingredient in Thai cuisine, and makes an excellent tea. We are going to be ordering some kaffir lime leaves for Friday, and if they come in, this combination is used to make things like Tom Ka (coconut milk soup), which is delicious. Reliable tomatoes are back as well. These are organically grown out in Cedar Creek, TX. They are pretty consistently delicious, and are greenhouse grown, so they are always in season. We also have 1 lb. creamer peas from Lightsey Farms out in Mexia. These are super tasty, and can be cooked like normal peas/beans, minus the soaking time.
Apples and Pears, oh my!
Honeycrisp! Braeburns! Fujis! Apples, you love them. Eat them.
I'm still really excited about the Concorde pears. They are so great. They are a smooth pear (no grainy bits), and taste like candy. We'll gladly cut some open and sample them for you. The Asian pears are off the chain! They have subtle root beer notes and hints of vanilla. Ask for samples!!!
Let's Talk About Persimmons.
We currently have two varieties of persimmons, Hachiya and Fuyu. The Fuyu ripen a bit slower than the Hachiya, but both should be eaten when overripe to avoid the ridiculous astringency that most associate with persimmons. When ripe, these are a delicacy. Sooooo good.
We are still getting a great selection of organic squash. We currently have organic red kuri, kabocha, pie pumpkin, spaghetti, delicata, and acorn sqaush. These are in season, and taste great.
From the Bryan in the meat department
I hope that you have a great week!