Sunday, June 27, 2010

hippychick's honey is finally at market!


hippychick's wildflower honey is now available at the bastrop producers market! get it while it lasts - there's only so much to go around and you'll be sorry if you miss it.

hipppychick's wildlower honey is
  • extracted the old school way - by handcrank
  • raw and unprocessed to keep the goodness in
  • filtered to keep the waxy bits out
  • made by bees who live a healthy organic & chemical free life 
give it a try!
  • 1 pound bottle @ $7.50
  • 1/2 pound bottle @ $3.85
yummy! yummy!
hippychick wildflower honey
ah come on, you know you want it!

bastrop producers market
Tues-Fri 11:00am - 7:00pm    Sat 9am - 6pm    Sun 1:00pm-6:00pm
977 Hwy 71 --  bastrop, texas
between FM20 and Hwy21
512-308-9989

Saturday, June 26, 2010

hippychick offers private & group in home kombucha brewing classes!

Concerned about maintaining the benefits gained from delicious healthy kombucha tea?

Hippychick is ready to offer private in home kombucha brewing classes for you and/or for a larger group of like minded health conscious folk.

Sound interesting to you?
Classes are immediately available for scheduling in the Austin, Bastrop, and Smithville area*. Kombucha brewing materials and starter cultures will be provided. Gallon brewing jars are sold separately.

Private in home sessions - $35
Group sessions - $35 basic demonstration fee plus $7 per group guest fee

*I am based in bastrop - a small travel fee may apply for further distance areas.

contact me at hippychickenfarmer@gmail.com


the above photo is credited to spooning online mag

local bits from smalltown texas - farm fresh bastroptown goods

Farmers Markets offer fresh and local food
It may be a cliché, yet the saying, “you are what you eat,” could not be more fundamentally true for those who place faith in the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles.
Start delving into such a philosophy on food, and the conversation inevitably turns towards the value of eating locally – a task that in parts of 21st century America is often easier said than done.
Here in Bastrop County, however, locally grown fruits and vegetables are now available on a daily basis, thanks to a growing number of farmer markets and the small farms that supply them with product. Here are three:
Bastrop Producer’s Market
The newest of the farmers markets in Bastrop County is the Bastrop Producer’s Market at 977 Texas 71. Gearing up to celebrate their two-year anniversary this June, the market advertises itself as “a new kind of farmers market.” Instead of only selling food on weekends, for example, the operation is open six days a week and during evening commuting hours. With one person running the market as a representative for other producers, the schedule strives to be more flexible for vendors who often don’t have time to leave behind their responsibilities in the fields. Jacque Gates, who started the Bastrop Producer’s Market with her husband, James McCracken, says she was all too familiar with the strains of splitting time between farming and selling at local farmer’s markets.
“I started thinking what would be my ideal selling situation,” Gates said. “Although I love talking to customers and getting away from the land, it would be great if someone could sell for me. It kind of took off from there. We’re in this weird gray area where we’re not a retail store, but not exactly a farmer’s market. We don’t really fit anybody’s model.”
1832 Farmers Market
Another of Bastrop County’s newest markets is the 1832 Farmer’s Market, located at 1302 Chestnut Street and formed in May of 2008 by Erika Bradshaw and her husband. Open year round on friday and Sundays the market has steadily grown to offer more than 15 vendors each Saturday and around 10 vendors on Fridays. Bradshaw, who with her husband, runs Bradshaw Farms in Smithville, says she sees increasing numbers of people interested in locally–grown food as opposed to that which is shipped in from other countries and found in most major grocery stores. She says the amount of nutritional value lost in food as it is shipped across country, plus the chemicals used to keep those foods from spoiling, should be of great concern to consumers.
“Farmers markets across the country are growing as people want local food,” Bradshaw said. “The fact you know who is growing it and that it is local is becoming more and more important to people everywhere. Even for those growing vegetables conventionally, if it’s local, it’s still better for you than organically-grown vegetables shipped across the country. It’s no good being an organic farmer if you’re not selling locally.”
In conjunction with providing a venue for farmers to sell their goods and make a living, the 1832 Farmer’s Market has also begun working in community outreach programs, sponsoring community gardens and encouraging area youth to try their hand in gardening. Such has been made possible through the formation of a nonprofit group called Bastrop Sustainable Agricultural Community.
“Our goal is just to try and promote agriculture, keeping it local and keeping the carbon footprint down while also allowing smaller farmers like us to make a living,” Bradshaw said.
River Valley
Farmer’s Market
This year the River Valley Farmers Market will be celebrating their 25th anniversary, making it the oldest farmers market in Bastrop County. The operation was begun with the combined efforts of farmers from far reaches of the county and today offers fresh fruits and vegetables in Bastrop, Smithville and Elgin on alternating days. Touting themselves as a growers-only market, River Valley’s vendors pride themselves on selling only what their own members produce, whether that is food, assorted crafts or folk art.
Eileen Niswander, president of the farmers market, says membership has jumped from 18 vendors to 28 this year, a positive sign they may be spreading the word about the worth of farmer’s markets.
“We want to promote a turn in the way people look at food and understand food and its health benefits,” Niswander said when asked about goals for the future. “You hear all the information telling you to avoid foods with pesticides, so if you come to our market, you get to see who is selling you your food and ask them what they are putting on it. Ninety-nine percent of the time they will tell you, no chemicals. So our goal is just to further enhance the availability of local fresh food that is pesticide–free and has health benefits to our customers.”
Market days in Elgin are Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until sell out; in Smithville, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to sell out and in Bastrop from 10 a.m. till sell out. After years of being located on Chestnut Street, the Bastrop location has recently moved to a new location next door to Duke’s stop at Ponderosa Texas 71.

love stings - thrice as nice

2o1o  the year of the keeper sting fest
bees three
keeper zero
so it goes
 - sting one is the left eye -

- sting two, the right eye - 
or the other way round
cannot honestly remember which eye was struck first
no matter
all healed well
unti...

yesterday's
- sting three on the upper center of my forehead -
in the hairline mind you
not even close to me eyeballs

who knew it would cause both eyes to shut?
not me!
- truthful bit -
only one of the three bites while keeping the bees - bite numero uno
some folk get no reaction to stings
i on the other hand experience life to the fullest.

and with this sting - my forhead is mighty swelled too
makes me look like i've got a bigger brain
i could use a bit of that i'm sure...

love your bees
if only all queens were to feel so secure..

cheers!


Saturday, June 19, 2010

kombucha - trading up for health

- hey folks -
welcome to a repost from july of the 2oo9 hippychick universe
- topic -
kombucha tea!

this is for those lovely peoples i - miss hippychick - was fortunate enough to meet today at the bastrop producers market second year anniversary

and for anyone else interested...
cheers!

feel free to skip the now year old blather and jump directly to the links to learn more about kombucha.

here's a special link for mommies to be
from the food renegade
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and so it begins...
-i am on a path i never thought possible -
the path toward less coffee, a lot less coffee, a lot less

the above photo is credited to spooning online mag

i know i know this hard to believe from a coffee-holic like myself. my chill day intake might cover volumes of 2-3 heavily iced pint filled glasses. on a busy day, i easily drink 3-4 pints of thick brewed heavily iced chicory/coffee with milk a day. on days that are really crazy, i might drink more.

after one of my longer hectic schedule stretches that may cover a month's time i feel pretty dragged out and the coffee stops working. then when i pull back the headaches come and they come in heavy and hard for a good week. i suck up the headaches. i know the headaches are the body's form of payback/withdrawal from the mass coffee consumption. the headaches are no fun but not terrible enough to keep me from downing more coffee the next time a schedule crunch kicks in.

the reality is i like coffee.
i like it's taste, flavor and smell. i like coffee iced cream. i like coffee hard candies. i like coffee mole sauce - boy that really kicks it - mole sauce with both chocolate and coffee - ohhhh baby now we are talking.

on sleep
i don't sleep all that much - sometimes i do sleep in - and honestly i am finding sleep more appealing as i age. the reality... sleep and i - we come and go in spurts. i do better with sleep these days only because my ability to pull the almighty all-nighter is dwindling as each year passes. if i could keep going i think i probably would. the idea that life is too short lives constant in the forefront of my mind. there is so much to try, to learn, to fail at, to observe, to share before turning in. i am a do-er. i am not a sit-ter. though when given a choice, i prefer to turn in early so that i am still able to enjoy my early mornings. i love my mornings.

mornings are quiet
mornings are creature time
i spend my mornings out of doors
mornings are clear thinking times for me

so what does the path entail?

the path entails trading up to kombucha and trading out coffee. i am a huge kombucha fan. i experienced my first kombucha via pure curiosity. i was immediately hooked. i like the bubbly, slightly acidic, not too sugary, cross between mild cider/soda pop characteristics. the stuff is pricey so my intake was limited to special occasions - post exercise treats - at which i noticed a good lift after drinking and the lack of crash as time tic'd on. over time, i found myself craving the stuff and decided to try a little test. i was out of town on a show with a pretty tricky schedule.

kombucha all week - no coffee - journal the resulting effects
i felt great all week!
i did miss my coffee flavor a bit but on the alert, awake front, i was trucking. i knew then i had to learn how to brew the stuff myself. so i started the research.
  • what was this stuff ?
  • how long has it been around?
  • what are the effects good and bad on the body?
  • how the heck do you make it?
  • when can i get started?
  • is it safe? what precautions should i take?
i found there are a whole lot of other folk out there sharing my experience. the following are links that provide a bit of insight to the above questions.

the daily table - adventures in fermentation
justin c mcintosh - excellent kombucha photo blog
cliff bar - what the heck is kombucha?
feel good eats - kombucha tea
food renegade - grow a scoby - - double fermentation - - health benefits
organic kombucha - kombucha tea warnings
wiki - kombucha
make zine online - how to make kombucha

here is another great site brew dog blog
the below photo is credited to the brew dog

or you can perform your own search by trying the following
kombucha tea, scoby, kombucha health benefits, kombucha health risks

it is important to remember to always use incredibly clean utensils and containers when fermenting goods at home. educate yourself first - know the difference between changes in the natural scoby mother and the growth of mold - in this case knowledge is health! do your homework.

back to the path
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nothing i have ever experienced is easy or steady at first start

i imagine my path for trading out coffee and trading up to kombucha will be a path that rambles and falls and drives forward given my just do it type ways. i do not imagine to ever give up coffee outright. i see no sense in that considering how much i enjoy it's flavor. the goal is to drink less and like most humans, i am trading vice for vice. best to be honest eh?


Friday, June 4, 2010

views from the homestead

eggyplants filling out in the morning sunshine

 
 dapper opera keeping eye on the garden's lizard lizards
see how he blends

 
 sunflowers 3 miles high and rising
 future breads a bubbling sponge
whole wheat - wheat bran - oatmeal - molasses - cardamom - milk - water - yeast - salt 

 
 pretty soon there may not be room enough for me in the garden 

 a butterflylady in beautysleep mode 

 beans climbing over the trellis
and i'm out of bamboo
uh oh!

 aquamelon stretching out for comfort

 her royal self
lady full yellow
queen of the garden

 yummy texas peachy muffins!!!
oh baby... 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

hippychick's homegrown goods farm sale - music and dvd's too!

come on by!
this saturday @ the hippychick homestead
 -- a homegrown, homemade farm goods sale --
music and dvd's available too!


come on down to historic bastrop texas for some homegrown, homemade goods, music and movies!

we've got lots of DVDs featuring hit titles at $2.50 each / 5 for $10.00 along with many CDs of mixed genres for $1.00 each, plus random toys, and cool, fun stuff priced to sell"

this is your chance to get a hold of hippychick's "raised right here on the urban farm" organic chickeny eggs. *come early these amazing eggs sell out quick quick quick!

-- $4.00 per dozen
- brown, white, blue green, dark brown
- each carton is a mixed dozen

you might also be interested in -- hippychick's
-- home canned peaches $8.oo quart
-- home canned tomatoes $7.50 quart -- $4.oo pint
-- home canned tomato sauce $4.oo pint
-- home made and preserved blueberry ginger jam $3.75 1/2 pint


saturday only
8:30 am til 1:00 pm
906 spring street*
bastrop, texas
 
*yellow house w/ white picket fence on the corner of spring and jefferson
No early birds please... 
we keep plenty of chickens for that!
thank you


rainy days are good days

a bit of rainy day we're having though the light from the sky is yet bright.  i find the day quite lovely in truth.  the temperatures hover in the low eighties, a gentle breeze moves the aire and all good plant folk are quenching their heady thirst.

the chickeny creatures are inside, dry, happy and well fed.  the kitty creatures are moving from sheltered space to sheltered space and two sleep upon the top of the chicken coop, yet beneath the protected tin roof for a tapping tapping nap.  the bees have huddled in hive for the day, they'll not be out to play until drier times arrive.
i may do a bit of farming goodness inside myself.  
  • there is fresh raw milk in the fridge - some waiting for it's transformation to yogurt and/or possibly a fresh cheese.
  • there's a veggie soup waiting to be plucked from the garden goods - stewed maters, chard - ribs and leaves, green beans, summer squash, peas, carrots and herbs herb herbs.  i'll pull a jar of my own chicken stock to flavor it all up - chop chop, slow heat and there's dinner for days on the cheap and yummy!
  • i may give my whole wheat oatmeal molasses bread a go today too - fingers crossed she rises...
 
where will we end up?
only the day will tell
rainy days are good days
rainy days are relaxin' days
so says hippychick.
----------
for kitties
rainydays are nappin' daze
or is that
everyday is a nappin day?
hmmmm... 
ponder that

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in other news,  i built a facebook page for the bastrop producers market.  you've heard me rave about these folk before and i continue to rave.  they connect real farmers to real folk.  they promote local sustainable organic foods.  they support local artisans.  they charge a fair price for more then excellent goods.
look to the right column for the link to the bastrop producers market on facebook to see what's in market this week!