You might think that after two years of drought, Central Texas might not be able to grow a blade of grass, much less provide a bounty of organic vegetables, but down at Boggy Creek Farm at 3414 Lyons Road, you’ll find five acres of ranch properties that are lush tilled soil, a charming old garage that has been converted into a farm stand and a historic home in East Austin that is one of the most active and productive plots in the entire area! This place is ‘hap-pen-ing’ and you most certainly should put it on your social calendar as well as your list of favorite grocery stops. If you own a farm then check out this tractor equipment that may help you on your daily chores.
This Saturday, I boogied on down to Boggy Creek and purchased my weekly supply of fresh produce. While I only order and use organic products from here, but once in a while, it feels good to visit the town and meet people while my weekly supplies. While I was a little late in arriving (I showed up at 12 noon and the stand is only open until 1:00 p.m.), there were still piles of cauliflower, baskets of baby greens including spicy arugula (my favorite!), colorful carrots….both orange and maroon, kale and assorted greens, sweet potatoes and the usual dairy products of cheeses, raw milk, and fresh eggs. Oh, my… the bounty is just gorgeous and it makes you want to rush home and start cooking! Before you can say ‘chicken little’, I’d grabbed my canvas grocery bag and filled it with sweet potatoes, arugula, and some Pure Luck goat cheese. Found some radishes and hard squash to top off the basket and I was set for the week.
Now let me tell you something. If you haven’t been to Boggy Creek Farms in East Austin, you have no idea what you’re missing. I mean, not only can you get fresh produce that has been picked within hours of the time that you get it home to your kitchen, but it’s just simply fun to go visit the farm and see the 150 year old farm house while you sit and visit with Carol Ann (the owner) and her henhouse full of colorful chickens. The history of the farm house is a little vague in it’s earliest years of around 1838, but Carol Ann and her husband, Larry, have managed to piece together a fascinating history of early life in Austin and how the owners of this once 50-acre tract of farm land were instrumental in the formative years of our state capital.
The house is built of cypress siding and held together with square nails. Built like an enclosed dog-trot, there’s a central hall flanked by two large rooms with two smaller rooms behind them. Each room has a fireplace and the original kitchen (which was once in a separate building) has been moved inside into the back of the central hall. My favorite part is the two rocking chairs that sit on the front porch of the Greek Revival style structure. If you want to feel like the landed gentleman of old Texas, sit and rock for a spell…. And watch the veggies grow right off the front porch!
The farm stand is open on Wednesday and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Yep, you’ll need to get up early for the best pickin’s! Just be prepared for a tasty crop of whatever is producing, because this place prides itself on eating for the season. The only things you can buy that aren’t produced on the farm are bakery items from Sweetish Hill Bakery, bison from Thunder Heart, goat cheeses from Pure Luck and Wateroak Farms, Rainwater from Dripping Springs, and lamb from Twin Oaks Ranch in Dinero, Texas. Get everything you need in one stop, and take your time. Without having to go stand in line at a big box grocery, you can spend a few minutes visiting with Aunt Penny and Tootie J. Tootums, the queens of the henhouse!
If you’re looking for a special event and farm stands really wind your clock, then put Sunday, April 11, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on your calendar.. The East Austin Urban Farm Tour (EAUF) will feature tours of Springdale Farm, Rain Lily Farm, HausBar Farm, and Boggy Creek Farm. There are chef tastings & beverages at each farm. Ticket sales ($35 advance; $40 gate) benefit the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance. There are other events throughout the year in the Rosewood neighborhood so you may want to check the website for the next hoe-down….Ya’ll come!