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Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market

I was pretty excited when I heard there would be a Farmers market within walking distance of my house. The Southtown Farmers & Ranchers Market is open every Saturday “rain or shine” at the Blue Star Arts Complex from 9AM-1PM year-round. Debuting in Mid-June, my husband and I recently got a chance to walk over to Blue Star and check out San Antonio’s newest farmers market. Smaller than the well-known Farmers Market at Pearl, this market is still worth the visit.

Honey Lessons
Honey Lessons

There was a pretty good mix of vendors to browse through on a leisurely Saturday. My husband and I are on a Goldrush kick (a tasty bourbon cocktail mixed with honey and lemon) so we were pretty interested in Gretchen Bee Ranch’s stand. We were give delicious samples of honey and a lesson on how honey can taste different depending on the type of flowers the bees have been visiting.

Frio County Huajilla
Frio County Huajilla

I tried to get my husband to purchase the gallon size (honey goes quick in the Gerrish household) but we ended up getting 16 ounces of heaven known as their Frio County Huajilla blend and a beeswax candle in the shape of a beehive.

The Farmers market, like many other Southtown places, is dog friendly. There were dog bowls of H20 ready for your 4 legged friends. We left Toby and Roxy at home but made a stop at Katie’s Jar with them in mind. This vendor specializes in natural and homemade treats for dogs. We ended up getting our dogs the “Good Dog Sampler”. It was filled with various empanadas filled with dog loving tastiness such as lamb, beef and sweet potatoes.

Dog Empanadas
Dog Empanadas

We almost laughed out loud when we were told to make sure to keep it refrigerated because of the treat’s freshness. Our dogs gobbled them all up as soon as we got home. No time for refrigeration.

Given all the walking around, we were pretty hungry. There were a couple of vendors with food to taste but given my

Cheeks & Chops
Cheeks & Chops

current obsession with food trucks, I was a little dissapointed that there was only one to choose from. I had to keep in mind this market is still pretty new and the word is still getting out. The one food truck on site was called Cheeks & Chops.  Cool name. Perhaps more will park in the future.

Tasty Carrots
Tasty Carrots

We ended up decided to grill on our own and headed to a farmer’s booth to got some side dishes. The veggie selection was pretty impressive. We got some ears of corn and an explanation why our corn tops were eaten up (no pesticides). This was new to me but my Iowan born husband was already “in the know”.

 

This market is still growing and is a fun,free place to hang

Cute Candle
Cute Candle

out. Help get the word out and support your local farmers!

For more info check out:
http://www.southtownfarmersmarket.com/
http://www.gretchenbeeranch.com/
http://www.katiesjar.com/katies_jar/Welcome.html

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My Dog Kids

I often get asked…

Do you have kids?”

The answer is yes! I have two 4 -legged ones. Since my phone is filled with an almost creepy amount of dog pictures and there is a “doggie” category here, I figure I would introduce you to my 2 crazy JRTs

Toby is a 7 yr-old shortie with a wire haired coat. I got him as a puppy from a magical place I call “jack russell acres”. He has a love for climbing trees. A SERIOUS love. My husband shot this video of him doing what he does best. Click below

Roxy is a 6 yr-old jack we got on Craig’s list. Before Roxy came into the picture, Toby was getting pretty bored and acting crazy so we figured we would get him a friend. We thought it would either keep him entertained while we are at work or it would backfire and be double trouble. It worked out for the best. She did mellow him out a bit. Roxy likes to hang out on the couch looking out the window or as I call it, “dog tv” and sometimes Toby will be lazy with her. I guess he got as calm as a JRT can be. Roxy is significantly taller than Toby. Most people can’t tell them apart because of their similar markings but just remember she is the big one.

And there you have it. Meet Toby and Roxy.

 

2 Crazy Jacks
2 Crazy Jacks