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  • Road Not Taken | Green Gate Farms
    Road Not Taken By Green Gate Farms on July 3 2015 in Blog CSA Flowers After so many gray rainy days we re celebrating yellow Time for new choices With so many changes afoot on the farm Robert Frost s yellow wood inspires The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth Then took the other as just as fair And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black Oh I kept the first for another day Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence Two roads diverged in a wood and I I took the one less traveled by And that has made all the difference About Green Gate Farms View all posts by Green Gate Farms CSA Newsletter Week 14A CSA Newsletter Week 15B No comments yet Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply Comment Name required Email will not be published required Website Make A Donation Fundraising Websites Crowdrise Become A Farm Supporter First Name Last Name Email Address Photos on flick r Helpful Links Join the Meat CSA Manage Your Meat CSA Account Join the 2016 Spring Summer CSA Manage Your Vegetable CSA Send Your Kid To Camp Attend A Workshop Calendar Directions Contact Us About Green Gate Farms a certified organic farm was established by us Skip Connett and Erin

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  • Blog | Green Gate Farms
    the heat is really starting to set in I do have to Continue Reading 0 CSA Newsletter Week 13B By Green Gate Farms on June 22 2015 in Blog CSA Farm News Newsletter Notes From the Field Recipes ContentsFIELD NOTESRecipe Share from Farm Camp THE SUMMER ABUNDANCE CONTINUES CSA WEEK 13B4th of July Plans Reserve your Bushel Basket for Canning Today ON SALE THIS WEEK GREEN GATE FARM STAND 8310 Canoga Ave near E MLK and Decker Lane Tuesdays 3 6pm Fridays Saturdays 10 2pm Call 512 484 2746 to place advance ordersLAST FAMILY FARM DAY OF THE SEASONFIELD NOTES Continue Reading 0 CSA Newsletter Week 12A By Green Gate Farms on June 15 2015 in Blog CSA Events FIELD NOTES Is it really already mid June Well as we solidly enter the second half of the season we ve alreadybegun to think about the fall We re trying to get our seed orders placed so Continue Reading 0 CSA Newsletter Week 11B By Green Gate Farms on June 9 2015 in Blog CSA Newsletter Notes From the Field Recipes Vegetables NOTES FROM THE FARM Howdy folks It s getting hot outside This will probably be the last week of root crops carrots unless the last of our beets at the Urban Farm make it through the 90 degree weather Summer shares will contain a lot of Continue Reading 0 CSA Newsletter Week 10A By Green Gate Farms on June 2 2015 in Blog CSA Farm News Newsletter Notes From the Field Recipes NOTES FROM FARMER ERIN Several days of consistent sunshine has helped us shift from despair to repair Weeds are thigh high and all farmers are scrambling to harvest what remains Now is the time to organize a volunteer group at Continue Reading 1 Previous 1 2 3

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  • Blog | Green Gate Farms
    Jazz infiltrating the Manor but the improbable pig word rolling off Countess Grantham s Continue Reading 0 Plant Sale This Saturday October 5th 10a m 2p m By Green Gate Farms on October 3 2013 in Blog Events Farm News Newsletter Green Gate Farms Urban Farm 8310 Canoga Avenue Austin TX 78724 Please join us this Saturday for a plant sale We will be selling fresh organic vegetable starts for Continue Reading 0 Crop Mob River Farm Fall Planting By Green Gate Farms on September 25 2013 in Blog Events Farm News Newsletter Crop Mob River Farm Fall Planting Thursday Sept 26 Friday Sept 27 Saturday Sept 28 Fall is here at Green Gate Farms Our River Farm is going through a difficult time we have had a plague of grasshoppers and Continue Reading 0 July Meat CSA Update from Farmer Erin Farmer Skip By Green Gate Farms on July 15 2013 in Blog CSA Essays Meat Yes you will have bacon Lots of it thanks to the contribution made by Obama our recently departed four year old heritage breed boar top right We loved Obama Though he was large 850 pounds and appeared menacing his tusks jutted in all directions he was as gentle as a kitten He loved to have his belly scratched Continue Reading 0 A Woods Dies A Pasture is Born By Green Gate Farms on January 9 2013 in Blog Rarely perhaps only once in a lifetime does a farmer get to witness the natural evolution of a pasture turning to woods or its opposite in this case a woods completely annihilated and reverting to pasture The drought has accomplished this feat with such terrible speed and thoroughness that one can t help but feel Continue Reading 0 Previous 1 9 10 Make A Donation

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  • A Tale of Two Barns | Green Gate Farms
    A thousand miles away in a barn that also found a second life Green Gate Farms camp season was hitting its stride as campers prepared for its newest feature a 4 th of July parade through our neighboring RV park The tale of these two barns begins at the turn of the 20 th Horses were still kings and queens of road and field The Bergstrom boys Swedish immigrants who built our mule barn were a world apart from the Yankee Captains of Industry who transformed agriculture in ways even they could not anticipate Seward Webb husband of William Vanderbilt s daughter Lila plowed their fortune into this horse breeding empire just as the model Ts were rolling off the assembly lines Our modest old barn could fit inside one of Shelburne s cottages Yet 30 years ago Vanderbilt s magnificent structures with their copper roofs and granite walls were falling apart and developers were storming at the gates Fortunately the heirs to this gilded heritage envisioned a new kind of agriculture not momentous and exclusive but down to earth and inviting Lacking the fortune of the their grandparents a new generation created a non profit that has transformed ruined aristocracy into thriving democracy Today thousands of visitors see and taste the substance behind its mission of cultivating a conservation ethic for a sustainable future After three days of touring resting and idea sharing with the Shelburne staff I returned to Green Gate Farms with a greater appreciation for what Erin created What began as a response to a CSA member s innocent request to have her boys learn how to catch and cook a chicken has become so much more As an active member of Shelburne s Farm based Education Network s alliance Erin relishes her time in Vermont because it inspires the work we do on our farm Shelburne s network of farmers and educators share a deep understanding that we must meet in the middle if we want to overcome the challenges in this age of extreme In the previous age of extreme the downstairs staff of Downton Abbeys came upstairs only to serve Shelburne turned that Old World on its head Here everyone eats the same food served at the that same table That s how I came to meet Alex Webb the Vanderbilt descendant who has spearheaded this transformation waiting in line at the farm s food truck We hadn t even made introductions before we were sharing our challenges to make farm based education more mainstream It s no small task to wed city and country to break the industrial food chain and forge higher expectations link by link Yet this is how the straight line of mass consumption becomes a balanced circle of need just as nature demands Planting and harvesting producing and consuming life and death they are inseparable on the farm and it is these other immutable laws of nature that today s youth hunger to experience Whether nourished on the

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  • CSA Newsletter Week 14A | Green Gate Farms
    rich vegetables are ready at a moment s notice to include in a nutritious meal While freezing preserves that just picked fresh flavor the skins get tough and the texture becomes so soft that the tomatoes are best in preparations where taste takes precedence over form Tomato Sauce Step 1 Hold a frozen tomato under warm running water for 20 to 30 seconds to thaw the skin Peel the tomato by pulling the loosened skin off and discarding it Repeat the process for four to six large tomatoes or eight to 10 medium sized tomatoes Step 2 Set the peeled tomatoes in a bowl to thaw until they are soft enough to crush Smash the tomatoes with a fork or squeeze by hand to break the tomatoes down into small chunks Step 3 Cook 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil one medium chopped onion and three to four minced garlic cloves depending on your taste preferences over medium heat in a large pot stirring until the vegetables are a light golden brown Add the crushed tomatoes to the pan along with 2 to 3 tbsp fresh chopped herbs such as basil thyme marjoram and oregano Season the mixture lightly with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste Step 4 Stir continuously until the mixture boils Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for an hour without a lid for a chunky sauce to serve over pasta For a smoother sauce simmer an additional 30 to 45 minutes until the sauce thickens Step 5 Allow the mixture to cool then puree it in a blender Soups and Stews Step 1 Thaw the outer surface of frozen tomatoes by placing them briefly under warm running water Remove the skins by peeling them away Step 2 Chop frozen tomatoes before they thaw completely to keep the juice from dripping on your work surfaces Cut the frozen tomatoes into large chunks for meat and bean stews that have long cooking times Make smaller pieces of tomato for faster cooking vegetable soups Step 3 Add chopped frozen tomatoes to light broth based soups about 10 to 15 minutes before serving to maintain the fresh tomato flavor Stir tomato chunks into hearty soups and stews made in the slow cooker at the beginning of the cooking process so that the flavor blends with other ingredients and seasonings Tips and Warnings Substitute peeled frozen tomatoes for fresh tomatoes in gazpacho soup to enjoy the fresh flavor of tomatoes even when they are out of season Season tomato based sauces very lightly with salt while cooking because the flavors intensify when the moisture evaporates and the sauce thickens Things You ll Need Cooking pot 2 to 3 tbsp olive oil Onion medium chopped 3 to 4 garlic cloves minced Basil leaves fresh chopped Thyme leaves fresh Marjoram leaves fresh chopped Oregano leaves fresh chopped Salt Ground pepper Blender CSA WEEK 14A SUMMER ABUNDANCE CONTINUES 1 Squash 2 Long Beans 3 Bell Peppers 4 Hot Pepper 5 Purple

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  • Essays | Green Gate Farms
    the River is No Longer a Fence Part 2 By Farmer Skip on August 14 2014 in Blog Essays Farm News That evening getting ready to leave the farm I noticed egrets flying up from the river A few minutes later another herd of Angus was ambling up the lane for a snack They must have hidden out in the mesquite or Verlin s men had overlooked them among the scores they had to round up and Continue Reading 0 When the River is No Longer a Fence Part 1 By Green Gate Farms on August 12 2014 in Blog Essays Farm News Newsletter Good fences make good neighbors Bad fences make bad neighbors No fences makes war After enduring months of cattle trespassing on our farm I finally drew a line in the silty loam For years the Colorado River has doubled as a water source and natural fence for livestock Then came the drought and LCRA Continue Reading 0 Growing Evan By Green Gate Farms on August 12 2014 in Blog Essays Farm News Staff Evan at the top of the ladder with Jamie and Jacob River Farm Hoop House Farms grow lots of things but nothing is more rewarding and lasting than the farmers they grow For the past four years we ve watched Evan flourish and evolve at Green Gate from Greenhorn to Longhorn from a passionate Continue Reading 0 Growing Farmer Jamie By Green Gate Farms on May 8 2014 in Blog Essays Farm News Staff Seven years ago Jamie Newlin volunteered at our farm Like most people who venture here she was unhappy with her office job A still small voice told her she needed to go outside and get her hands dirty Jamie listened She acted She changed her life And ours Changing

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  • Essays | Green Gate Farms
    0 Corn hard and sweet By Green Gate Farms on May 23 2008 in Essays Yesterday I drove upcountry to Richardson Farms to grind corn to feed our animals It s a messy job you shovel a ton of shelled corn into a grinder and about half of it coats your entire body with a fine dust that blows out from the top This was the last of last year s corn Continue Reading 0 Fish From the Field By Green Gate Farms on April 29 2008 in Essays Saturday night s strong storms had an unexpected benefit for our kids The power was still out at their school on Monday and everyone was sent home at 10 a m Three of their classmates returned with them so their mom could keep her business appointment in San Antonio That added up to five kids on the Continue Reading 0 Recipes By Green Gate Farms on September 16 2007 in Essays One of the best online resources to find recipes sorted by vegetable is via the Wheatsville Coop website http www coopfoodstore com recipes Below are other recipes we ve received from CSA members and other sources Borage Recipes http www herb co za herbal borage recipes htm Borage and Cucumbers 3 large cucumbers ½ pint sour cream 2 tablespoons rice vinegar ½ teaspoon celery seed 1 4 cup chopped Continue Reading 0 Eating Francis By Farmer Erin on June 7 2006 in Essays We were sitting around the kitchen table counting okra eight to a bag when suddenly Avery cried Mommy I don t want to eat Francis As her five year old butterscotch colored eyes spilled tears I realized we were living a page from Charlotte s Web How did this happen Eight months ago we lived in a

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  • CSA Newsletter Week 16A | Green Gate Farms
    fly by this quickly fall will be here in no time This week we ve got a few things left that can still stand the heat You ll see more sweet peppers cucumbers and squash We re still working through our mass of stored potatoes and shallots as well Thanks for supporting our farm and stay cool this week Jason RECIPE SHARE WITH INTERN DANIELLE HALPRIN There are more ways you can cook with squash than you can shake a stick at as they say in Texas Our Communications Intern Danielle was kind enough to put together a list of her favorite squash related dishes Summer Vegetable Tian This recipe can be a side dish or a main dish depending on portions either way it s a delicious dish Baked Tomatoes Squash and Potatoes A perfect example of how simple summer cooking can be Zucchini Squash Cakes Sure this says zucchini but the recipe can be made easily with squash MEAT SPECIAL WHOLE HALF GUINEA HOG The meat from our rare breed Guinea Hogs has an unmatched flavor and is perfect for grilling Lucky for you we have a few whole meat shares available from smaller animals about 60 pounds Here s more info LOOKING FOR A HEALTHIER FAT TRY LARD Our Guinea Hogs produce the most amazing lard Our freezers are full so we can offer this healthy alternative less saturated fat than butter for just 2 LB To learn more Click Here Donation Request Do you have extra freezer space at your home or homestead Green Gate Farms is in need of your help as we will be receiving an influx of CSA meat and though it will soon be going to a new home we don t have the storage space at the moment to accommodate it

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