This summer marks the anniversary of our third year of publishing Edible Austin. Three years doesn’t seem like such a very long time, but it certainly feels like much has changed in our local food world. Three summers ago, there were farmers markets in Austin just two days of the week (Wednesday and Saturday). Now you can shop for fresh, locally grown food five days a week—and in many more convenient locations around Austin and Central Texas.
More restaurants are touting local specials and even all-local menus. And asking what’s local on a menu or where the fish comes from doesn’t raise as many eyebrows as it used to. There are now local farm-to-plate home delivery services and more urban farms, with accompanying farm stands, sprouting up within our city limits. And some farms are expanding! Finally, in contemplating all that’s happened over the past three years, here’s a shout-out to Edible Austin founding Advisory Group member and Eastside Café co-owner Dorsey Barger, who’s now got herself a farm.
ABOUT THE COVER Peaches awaiting a summertime grill in a West Austin outdoor kitchen. Photograph by Jody Horton.
Antonelli's Cheese Shop
Fresher, healthier, greener—and easier on the pocketbook.
Wild Type Ranch
What's on the Table
As the demand for local food grows, so does the difficulty of getting that food to the table.
Biodiversity is key to a sustainable food future in Central Texas.
Dorsey Barger and Susan Hausmann start an urban farm.
24 hours of barbecue.
Jack Allen's Kitchen.
Excerpt from Anna Lappé’s newest book.
East Side Show Room.
Ice, ice, baby.
Making baby food at home, season by season.
Urban Roots youth learn to can.
Time to compost.
The reason for seasoned farmers.
Lemony herbs of summer.
Chris Jordan: Running the Numbers.