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Ricardo Cruz of El Cruz Ranch

Holidays, Family & Food Traditions:
An Interview with Ricardo Cruz of El Cruz Ranch

Ricardo Cruz has worked with food since he was a boy. He grew up on a farm, one of eleven children, and it was his mother and grandmother who taught him “how to feed a lot of hungry mouths”. At El Cruz Ranch, he raises vegetables, meat and poultry, which he sells at the Downtown SFC Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and SFC Farmers’ Market at the Triangle on Wednesdays. He also operates a food trailer at the same markets. This week we spoke with him about how he got started farming and about his family tradition of making holiday tamales.

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SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown, Saturday from 9am-1pm:

  • Late Season Peppers: There are still a few surviving peppers from Tecolote Farm! Along with the peppers, there will be Kale, Swiss chard, Mustard Greens, Turnips, Cilantro, French Carrots, French Sorrel, Garlic Chives, Zucchini relish and much, much more!
  • Farmers Helping Farmers: Farm 1-1 is a great resource for beginning farmers. They have established a network of tools, equipment, expertise, and volunteer labor all to assist those farmers in need. Come learn more about their mission and how you get involved!

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley, Saturday from 9am-1pm:

  • Confituras: Come see what new, tasty items they will be offering. Jellies, jams, preserves, apple butter and maybe even something new!
  • Olive Oil: Texas Hill Country Olive Oil Company is new this week! They offer a wide variety of extra virgin olive oils along with traditional and fruit- infused balsamic. All their products are available mix and match or individually!

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Give the Gift of Local Food
The holiday season is here, which means it's time to start shopping! But the holidays don't mean you have to fight the frenzy at your local department or grocery store. There are many ways to keep your holiday gatherings, gifts and meals sustainable. Check out our ideas for how you can have a happy and green holiday! Read more »

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Downtown Holiday Stroll

Orange Fundraiser for Ortega Elementary
Purchase a 20 lb. bag of sweet, juicy, certified Organic Valencia Oranges from G&S Groves in Weslaco, TX, and raise needed funds for Ortega Elementary! Every bag of oranges sold raises funds for student field trips. Place your order now through December 2 and pick up your oranges at Ortega Elementary on December 19th - 20th between 2:00 - 4:00pm. Order now »

Sustainable Agriculture at ACC
Sign up today for a Sustainable Agriculture class at Austin Community College -registration is open now! Classes vary - some are one-day courses, others meet multiple times. All classes are in-depth and taught by experts in their fields. Learn more »

Slow Food Austin December Events
Join Slow Food Austin for their Annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Event with 512 Brewing and Antonelli's Cheese on Thursday, December 1st and their Farm Tour at Richardson's Farm Dairy on Sunday, December 4th. Both are sure to be a delicious way to start your month!  Learn more »

The Ninth Annual Austin Green Holiday Party
On December 8th, join us and 16 other area environmentalists as we come together to celebrate and prepare for the new year. Experience the beautiful Barr Mansion and enjoy a buffet featuring a variety of their seasonal, all-organic favorites while listening to live music by Seu Jacinto. Learn more »

Barr Mansion Taste and Learn Series
Join Barr Mansion on December 11th for a culinary journey as Maya Shiroyama & Jim Ryugo of Kitazawa Seed Company illustrate cultural traditions and uses of heirloom Asian vegetables. Explore Barr Mansion’s gardens and vegetable beds, and savor an organic lunch showcasing a variety of Asian vegetables. Learn more »

2017 TOFGA Conference
Start planning for your participation in the 2017 Texas Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association Annual Conference! Register NOW for this 3-day conference that will include a day of pre-conference workshops and farm tours, and two days of learning sessions. Learn more »





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