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Picnics / Crisp Farms / Shopping Farmers Markets / Heart Water No. 69 March/April 2020

Cel eb ra ti n g th e ver y b est of Ce n t ra l Texa s fo o d cu lt u re

WHAT'S IN SEASON?

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The edible austin farmers market guide is brought to you by

texas farmers’ market at Lakeline Saturdays 9am - 1 pm (11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX)

at Mueller Sundays 10am - 2pm (4209 Airport Blvd Austin, tx)

sustainably grown food from farmers & Ranchers for more info on their producer-verified markets

texasfarmersmarket.org

A Uniquely Texas Experience! Come Celebrate with Us! Our cellar or reception hall is perfect for your next meeting, holiday or birthday soiree. Winery Tasting Room

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307 East Main, Fredericksburg Hours: Mon - Thurs, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, Noon – 6 p.m. Main Street open an hour later except Sundays. Last wine tasting, 30 min before closing.

REG U LA RS

10 What’s on Our Counter 12  N otable Edibles

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SQUARE PET NUTRITION

WHAT'S IN SEASON

It's a dog-eat-well world

Spring forward with these delicious recipes

Austin Tea Xchange Cafe

Austin Food & Wine Festival

20  S potlight on Local Shopping Farmers Markets

www.beckervineyards.com 830-644-2681

24  E dible Endeavor Heart Water

46  E dible Varietal Italian Texas Wines

48  E dible Ink Packing for a Picnic

On the Cover What's in Season? Find out on page 30. Photography by Rachel Johnson.

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CRISP FARMS

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Visit one of Texas' most

Elevate your picnic basket

amazing aquaponic

to new heights

farms

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PUBLISHER’S note

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eat drink LOCAL

ne of the many rewarding parts of publishing a

magazine

dedicated

to

promoting

local

businesses and supporting healthy, sustainable

foods is that we get to discover and learn about so many unique and interesting businesses, and people! Edible Austin covers not only Austin, but also 28 counties in the surrounding area,

PUBLISHER

and there are so many great opportunities to share stories

Monique Threadgill

about people in our community who are creating new products, developing more sustainable ways to produce foods, and making a difference in the lives of people (and pets!) in Central Texas. In this issue we have the pleasure of taking you on a tour of one of only two certifiedorganic facilities in Texas that uses aquaponics to grow fresh, sustainable produce. Family-owned and operated Crisp Farms will amaze you with how they produce thousands of heads of crisp, fresh lettuce, along with kale, chard, spinach and other vegetables — and all without the use of fertilizers or other chemicals. The produce is harvested only 24 to 36 hours before it is transported to Central Markets, Whole Foods and Wheatsville Food Co-ops around Texas, ensuring that every item is fresh and ready to eat for consumers. You can view the great photos and read all about Crisp Farms on page 34. While we always enjoy introducing people to new products, we also included something in this issue for our other family members — our pets. Welcome to SquarePet Nutrition,

ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Ralph Yznaga

ASSOCIATE EDITOR Sarah Welch

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Jerri Ann Yznaga

ADVERTISING SALES Stephanie Walsh stephanie@edibleaustin.com

a new local, family-owned company providing nutritious and delicious food for our dogs

EDITORIAL ASSISTANTS

and cats. SquarePet offers high-quality foods that are made from fresh meats, fruits and

Claire Cella

vegetables, without other additives that dilute the proteins of the food. You can read all about them on page 16. We always love to share great recipes based on what's in season, and in this issue, we

DISTRIBUTION Craig Fisher, Flying Fish

incorporated a feature about making, and packing, a delicious picnic lunch and getting

CONTACT US

outdoors to enjoy some of Austin’s great parks and greenbelts. You can take your picnic

512-441-3971 info@edibleaustin.com edibleaustin.com 4611 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. 212 Austin, TX 78746

basket to new heights using the recipes found on page 40. We hope you enjoy reading all these stories and our other great features, from an innovative new water company to a heart-warming tea café. Happy spring, and happy reading!

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Edible Austin Mission To transform the way Central Texans eat by connecting them to the local food growers, producers and makers, thereby strengthening the local food economy and creating a sustainable local food system. Edible Austin is a locally owned media company and the authority on the local food scene as captured in print and digital and through our community events.

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W H AT ’ S

ON OUR COUNTER

by MONIQUE THREADGILL / photography by RALPH YZNAGA

Take a look at what our staff is enjoying this month.

SIMPLITHAI If you love Thai food but don’t know how to cook it at home, SimpliThai has come up with some great options for do-it-yourself Thai cooking kits. These healthy meals are packed with flavor and all your favorite Thai ingredients such as flat rice noodles, Chinese kale and Thai chilivinegar sauce. Simply choose your protein, adding in chicken, pork, shrimp, eggs or tofu, and follow the instructions provided for your kit on their website. You can choose from a variety of kits featuring many popular dishes such as Pad See You, Pad Thai, Red Curry, Yellow Curry and many more. You can find the kits at Texas Farmers Market locations at Mueller or Lakeline Mall, or at The Thicket in South Austin (must order online in advance). simplithai.com

THE HERB BAR When we are in need of a calming stress reliever at the end of a long day, we turn to our friends at The Herb Bar for one of their locally made, healing soaking crystals. Choose from Divine Goddess, Relaxing, Release or Sunny Day to refresh and renew your body and mind and help ease tension, stress and headaches. Ingredients in these crystals include lavender, rose geranium, orange, lemon, tangerine and essential oils mixed with Epsom and sea salt. You can purchase the crystals at their store or online. 512-444-6251; 200 W Mary St., Austin theherbbar.com

ROUGHHOUSE BREWING Located on a 50-acre ranch in San Marcos, this family-owned brewery serves American farmhouse beer that is dry, crisp and refreshing. One of our favorites is the Friend & Berry farmhouse ale, which is a dry, lightbodied ale with bright, juicy, berry notes. The brewery’s water is supplied by an on-site well tapping into the Trinity Aquifer's clear waters. Find Roughhouse Brewing ales at Central Market, Spec’s, Wheatsville Co-op, Total Wine & More, or enjoy it at their brewery in San Marcos. 512-667-7000; 680 Oakwood Loop, San Marcos roughhousebrewing.com

PIE JACKED Who doesn’t love delicious, home-baked pies in a light, flaky crust? After enjoying a slice of a Cherry Cutie Pie, we were so surprised to find out that Pie Jacked pies were not only gluten free but also top-eight allergen-free. Family owned Pie Jacked pies are made with fine quality real fruits for natural fruit fillings and have no GMO products, and they use real cane sugar that is vegan friendly, and natural alternatives to corn. You can find Pie Jacked baked products at Wheatsville Co-op, Farmhouse Delivery or at their bakery in Round Rock. 512-815-7959; 1105 S. Mays St., Round Rock piejacked.wixsite.com If you have an idea for a great, local product to be featured, email us at info@edibleaustin.com. 10 / EdibleAustin.com

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notable EDIBLES

A Time for Tea by MONIQUE THREADGILL / photography by ERIN ELIZABETH, RALPH YZNAGA & AMANDA GIBBS

“We thought it would be great to share our love of tea and open a restaurant focused on quality teas in Austin.”

W

ith over 3,000 varieties, tea is the most consumed

not very tasty on its own,” Kamilla says, “So we have all these really

beverage in the world after water. Yet when Mike and Kamilla

interesting toppings like fruits, and then we sometimes add a few indulgent

Vainshtock arrived in the capital city, there weren’t very

ingredients like chocolate or coconut chips, but we still keep it relatively

many cafés that served tea. “Growing up in a Russian culture, we drank

healthy by also including superfoods such as hemp seeds, flax seeds or

a lot of tea in our household, and later in life we noticed there were many

chia seeds to help elevate the nutritional value.” There are also dairy-free

coffee shops but not many tea options,” says Kamilla. “So, we thought it

and vegan options, which are coconut and pea-protein based. The savory

would be great to share our love of tea and open a restaurant focused on

Greek yogurt creations come with vegetable, pita or tortilla chips. “We

quality teas in Austin.”

explain to people that it’s like a dip; it’s just healthier because of the yogurt

They looked at many locations and their initial plan was to open the tea café in the downtown area, because they envisioned it being a walk-in restaurant with a lot of foot traffic. “After considering many options, we decided to open in the Bee Caves area, in our own neighborhood rather than downtown. The community has embraced us beyond measure, and we are so grateful for that,” she says. “We are humbled and honored by the reception we have received.” Austin Tea Xchange Café offers over 50 organic and fair-trade teas from Art of Tea, and they have a large selection of unique blends. Mike and Kamilla wanted to offer more unusual options that people were not as familiar with, beyond the standard green tea or black tea — so they introduced tea drinks, such as their best-selling White Coconut Crème or their Brulee Mint, which combines interesting flavor profiles with standard teas. In addition to their tea selections, they also offer a wide variety of coffee drinks featuring Coffee Traders to satisfy their varied customer tastes. Complementing their teas are innovative dishes that combine delicious flavors with health benefits. Their Greek yogurt creations are a great example — they run the gamut from sweet to savory. “We wanted to capitalize on the health benefits of Greek yogurt, but we know it is 12 / EdibleAustin.com

base instead of sour cream, and it has more probiotics and is better for you.” Mike and Kamilla both emigrated from the former Soviet Union as children, Kamilla when she was one and Mike when he was five, but they didn’t meet until they were adults. They grew up with parents in the food industry — but neither had plans to venture into that business. Each had successful careers of their own — Kamilla in finance and banking and Mike in finance and construction. They also enjoyed their busy and exciting lives in New York. But once they started a family, they knew they wanted to do something different that allowed them to have more freedom and flexibility. “Coming to Austin was a lifestyle change for us,” says Kamilla. “We knew that we wanted to raise a family outside of New York, so we visited Austin in 2013 and fell in love with the natural beauty of it and especially this area.” Austin Tea Xchange Café has come to life in the Shops at the Galleria in Bee Caves and is now a warm, friendly, bustling café for all in the area to enjoy. “Nothing ever happens in a straight line,” says Kamilla. “We went our own way, didn’t follow in our families’ footsteps initially. But somehow we managed to circle back to the family business, and here we are.” Austin Tea Xchange Café is located at 13011 Shops Pkwy #600, Austin, TX 78738. austinteaxchange.com EdibleAustin.com / 13


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Austin's Feast of Food and Wine by MONIQUE THREADGILL / photography by THOMAS MARTINSEN

The festival will showcase an impressive roster of chefs and restaurants throughout the weekend.

O

ne of Austin’s biggest and most celebrated food festivals

Saturday evening’s signature tasting event at Fair Market, Rock Your

returns to Auditorium Shores April 24 to 26. The ninth annual

Taco, will have chefs squaring off against each other to create the

festival will feature more than 100 chefs, restaurants and

ultimate taco in an effort to win a People’s Choice award. The

wine and spirits experts over three days, kicking off on April 24 with the

competition will showcase several first-time competitors along with

return of Friday night’s Grillin’ and Chillin’ hands-on, interactive dinner

James Beard Foundation Award nominees and winners. And last

party hosted by chef and festival partner Tim Love.

year’s Rock Your Taco winner, Andrew Zimmern, will be back to

The preview dinner on Thursday, April 23, Feast Under the Stars, is an intimate, outdoor dinner celebration hosted on the festival grounds

defend his title and try to impress the crowd with another exciting taco creation.

before the weekend officially kicks off, in collaboration with chef

A star-studded roster of sommeliers and wine, beer and spirits

Kevin Fink and the Zero Footprint Initiative in support of Austin’s

experts will help round out the festival, including Master

Zero Waste program, which aims to drastically reduce trash sent to

Sommelier, Devon Broglie (global beverage buyer, Whole Foods)

landfills. Feast Under the Stars will feature a sustainable menu from

and Master Sommelier Craig Collins (Italian portfolio sales manager

award-winning chefs Fink (Hestia), Bryce Gilmore (Barley Swine) and

for Vintus).

Trevor Moran (Locust, Nashville).

The Food & Wine Festival is a collaboration between C3 Presents and

On Saturday and Sunday, festivalgoers will be entertained by

some of Texas’ most exciting chefs and restaurateurs. Tickets are on

cooking demonstrations, book signings and an interactive area where

sale now for the 2020 Austin Food & Wine Festival. Ticket options

chefs and pitmasters will cook over live fire pits and attendees get

are $250 per person for a Weekender ticket, which includes Saturday

to sample a variety of delicious foods. The festival will showcase an

and Sunday festival access; All-In ticket for $625 per person, including

impressive roster of chefs and restaurants throughout the weekend, with

Saturday and Sunday festival access, interactive cooking demos and

samples from some of Austin’s most storied and popular destinations

book signings, hands-on beer, wine and cocktail tasting sessions, and

including Olive & June, Grizzelda’s, Eberly, Apis, Foreign & Domestic,

more; $250 per person for a Feast Under the Stars ticket.

Pueblo Viejo, Easy Tiger Bake Shop & Beer Garden, Fixe, The Peached Tortilla, Lin Asian Bar & Dim Sum and many others.

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For info and tickets, go to austinfoodwine.com

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Square Meals for Austin’s Pets by SARAH WELCH / photography by MONIQUE THREADGILL and RALPH YZNAGA

H

ere in Austin, it’s not unusual to hear someone marvel, as they

We had the first pet food to use

pay for kibble or canned food at their favorite pet store, that

fresh meats and fresh fruits and

we feed our pets better than we feed ourselves. And one of the

vegetables. We were the first

newest local companies providing nutritious and delicious food for our

to use active, live probiotics,

dogs and cats is family-owned SquarePet Nutrition.

prebiotics

Travis and Tyler Atkins grew up in the pet food industry, watching

part of the industry, it still had a

Products. From the time they were young, they expected to join their dad

huge effect in the quality and the

in the business. “It was just kind of in our blood,” says Travis, “and so I

health of pets, and that's what I'm

think that Tyler and I thought that at some time in our lives we would just

really proud of. But when we

kind of hop on and be part of Natura in some form or fashion.” When

started looking to come back in

Procter & Gamble acquired Natura in 2010, the details changed, but the we got together and decided to start a family business, though we didn't necessarily say, ‘Let's do pet food’ straight out of the gate,” says Travis.

industries and determine the direction they’d take their family business. They considered distilling, logistics and human food, among other things. But ultimately, they realized they were continuously circling back to their shared passion: pets. We were trying to put pet food spins on everything,” says Travis. “So, we finally just decided to explore the pet food industry again.” and

the industry, it was like, instead of advancing and continuing what we had done, it actually had kind of regressed in terms of pet food ingredients. They started using things like legumes and a lot more peas and things that were diluting the proteins

The Atkins sons and their father took nearly a year to explore different

Travis’

glucosamine,

on. Even though it was a small

their father, Peter, work for Purina and then go on to found Natura Pet

goal of starting a family business never faded. “About four or five years ago,

and

and the list goes on and on and

of the food.” Seeing this gap, the trio knew they could fill it and, so they got to work. The family had lived in California for nearly 30 years, but recently Peter and the boys’ mom, Nancy, had moved to the Lake Travis area to be closer to family. Travis, Tyler and their own families soon followed. SquarePet Nutrition, named for the balanced meals our pets deserve, officially launched in August at SuperZoo 2019 (the national show for pet retailers)

Tyler’s

experience

and

expertise

dovetailed

with

and began selling their first product lines in October.

Peter’s, making pet food a natural fit for the trio. After graduating from University of California-Davis, Travis had founded a pet food distribution business catering to independent pet stores. He’d then returned to school to become a veterinarian. In his practice he

focused,

nutrition

for

naturally, their

on

beloved

educating pets.

clients

Meanwhile,

about

quality

Tyler’s

highly

successful career in sales equipped him to lead sales and all marketing efforts for the family’s new venture. As the Atkinses did their research, they discovered significant gaps in the pet food industry that they were uniquely positioned to fill, especially given Peter’s history with Natura. “Back in the early nineties when we started that company,” Peter says, “we were actually leaders in natural, organic pet food. We had many, many firsts in the industry.

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SquarePet food

for

currently dogs

offers

three

full for

and

another

one

Solutions

(VFS)

line

lines cats.

of The

nutritious

What’s next for SquarePet? Peter, Travis and Tyler are actively working

Veterinary

on extending their existing lines as well as adding new ones, looking

a

forward to catering to every pet owner’s needs with a wide range of

limited - ingredient kibble made with hydrolyzed pork and is

specialized diet formulations. But in the short-term, they’re focused

designed for dogs with food sensitivities. As this VFS line

on showing independent retailers and pet owners the SquarePet

expands, Travis says the goal is to give pet owners effective

value. “We’re really trying to prove that we are different from what's

nutrition options designed for their pets’ particular issues. “We

currently out there and are sincere in what we're trying to bring to the

understand that a lot of dog owners don't necessarily go into pet food

market, from a nutritional standpoint,” says Travis.

Formulated

for

dogs

includes

stores looking for specific ingredient makeups. They go in saying, ‘My dog is itching, my dog has loose stool, my dog has X, Y, Z condition. Is there a food here that can help?’ A lot of times the first line of defense, so to speak, are your local pet food stores, where customers will go in and say, ‘Hey, is there something I can try before I go to the vet?’” The VFS line is meant to be another option independent retailers can offer customers to help their pets look and feel their best, whatever their general ailments. For families looking for a high-quality, meat-free diet for their dogs, the Square Egg line nutritionally exceeds any current “vegetarian” options on the market, featuring cage-free whole eggs and whey protein concentrate, the two most bioavailable and digestible protein options. Travis says this formula is great for rotational feeding, and they’re even finding that raw feeders are integrating it into their dogs’ diets — often in conjunction with SquarePet’s 96%

In an hour spent talking with the Atkins men, that sincerity becomes

Meat Formula canned food.

crystal clear. This father-and-sons team is dedicated to helping pet owners

Finally, the team offers high-meat, low-carb options for both cats and dogs, which they jokingly refer to as the “Atkinses' Atkins Diet for pets.” Both cat and dog formulas are constructed to match the nutrition of raw feeding in kibble form. And the cat formula,

across the country improve quality of life and longevity for their beloved pets. And they’re starting right here in Austin, where our pet-friendly businesses, pet-friendly weather and tireless dedication to animal rescue mean our pets are truly part of our families.

in particular, really caters to the “obligate carnivore” nature of

Find SquarePet products at independent pet stores including Healthy Pet,

cats, designed to help them maintain muscle mass and healthy

P and F Pet Provisions, Great OutDogs, Pupology and Rivers and Reefs, or

weight, shiny coats and general well-being. “You really won’t find a

online at mysquarepet.com.

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How To Shop a Farmers Market by ADA BROUSSARD / photography by RALPH YZNAGA

T

here are four main farmers markets in Austin proper and

there were mountains of broccoli at market last week, this week there

countless others in towns just outside the city limits, not

could be none. A trip to the grocery store is usually list-driven, and a

to mention the many weekday farm stands that pop up in

trip to the market should be the same, except this list is a loose list,

and around the city. And each one is its own hub of activity. Farmers,

open to suggestion and inspired by whim and availability. Learn to

ranchers and small business owners come out of the fields, hills and

substitute one seasonal item for another. No parsley? Another tender

kitchens that are their normal offices and present to the public the

herb like mint, dill, or cilantro might provide the same freshness to

fruits (and vegetables, mushrooms and meats, cheeses and breads)

a dish. Celery is hard to grow in Texas, but Swiss chard or bok choy

of their labor. At these markets, you’ll find the best ingredients our

stems make a fun substitution. If a recipe calls for toasted almonds,

region has to offer, and if you watch closely, you’ll also see the city’s

what it’s really asking for is a nutty, salty crunch. Texas pecans or

top chefs picking them up at the SFC Farmers Market Downtown. The

maybe even some savory granola could do the trick. The same goes

best food starts with quality ingredients, and there is no need to look

for cuts of meat. No ground beef ? This might be the week to give

any further than at any of our outstanding farmers markets.

ground goat a whirl — chances are it will substitute seamlessly into

But for amateur chefs and new farmers market shoppers, the experience can be overwhelming. So, how do you make a trip to the market worth your time? How do you navigate the crowds, fill your bags with fantastic produce and avoid a crisper drawer full of limp lettuce or neglected beets? At the Market The makeup of vendors at a farmers market is a lot like the food pyramid: vegetables are the cornerstone of any good market, followed by a diverse mix of meat and dairy products, with some delicious baked goods, prepared foods, specialty drinks and sticky cinnamon rolls adorning the top. To get the most bang for your buck, try to shop like the pyramid, loading up on vegetables, choosing a couple protein options and then adding a treat for yourself because, after all, you remembered your reusable bag (maybe) and found a parking spot (or better yet, took advantage of public transportation). Shopping this way at markets is not only economical but it will likely also yield a more mindfully stocked kitchen and encourage you to use all of what you purchase. Now that you have that structure in mind, though, loosen up. Farmers' crop availability often changes from week to week, and even though

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your go-to recipe. If you need a bit more control over your grocery list, sign up for your local market’s newsletter or follow some farmers on Instagram. Both resources will advertise their weekly offerings so you can do a bit of meal planning before you hit the tents. While you’re shopping, don’t be timid — talk to the farmers. These men and women woke up at 4:15 a.m. just to see you! They are the experts, and they’re rightfully proud of their products. Who better to tell you about the journey from seed to stall? Plus, they have some serious intel on how best to prepare a peculiar turnip or particular cut of meat. Strike a balance between familiar foods and new ventures. Try to buy mostly vegetables you have experience with, adding a few new ones to your list each week. Build your local produce repertoire like you would train for a marathon, little by little, and avoid getting home with an entire bag of produce that you have no idea what to do with. This can lead to vegetable fatigue, waste and a shame spiral that might make you wary of market shopping in general. Novel vegetables or cuts of meat should certainly constitute a portion of your haul because cooking is an adventure! (We’re looking at you, romanesco!) But be reasonable with yourself about the amount of time you have on a given week to experiment in the kitchen.

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spotlight on LOCAL

At Home

While you’re shopping, don’t

So much of your success lies in what you do with your market

be timid — talk to the farmers.

haul once you get home. In her book An Everlasting Meal, food writer Tamar Adler suggests prepping your vegetables as soon as possible, “... when the memory of the market’s sun and cheerful tents are still in mind.” We agree: take a moment to do some veggie prep, getting your local loot one step closer to consumption shortly after

These men and women woke up at 4:15 a.m. just to see you.

you finish your shopping. Wash and dry your lettuce or salt your pork chop. In seasons when root crops abound, chop vegetables of similar

If greens or herbs begin to look a little sad, trim the bottom of the

densities and batch roast in a 400 degree oven. The raw vegetables

bunch and place them in a glass of water — just like you would do

you brought home from market are now ready-to-go ingredients, eager

with a bouquet of flowers. You’ll be amazed at how they can perk right

to be sprinkled atop a salad, folded into a taco, or stirred into a soup.

up! Most crops prefer cold storage, but there are a few exceptions:

Whatever you don’t gobble up right away needs to be properly stored. Thankfully, vegetables from the farmers market don’t arrive in your kitchen dripping in single-use plastic, but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appreciate a little protection once they make their way to

doubt, ask Google ... or better yet, ask a farmer. Bottom line: store your vegetables correctly, and you'll be rewarded with an extended shelf life.

the fridge. From the moment a vegetable is plucked from its roots, it

Last but not least, create a short list of dishes you can whip up at

begins to lose moisture. Often, simply putting your produce in a bag

the moment of last resort. Stock your pantry with broth, onions and

in the fridge will help retain that moisture, which would otherwise

garlic, and a stew or pureed soup is only a simmer away. With a frozen

evaporate into the fridge’s ether. Detach the tops from any bunched

pie crust in your freezer, you can make a quick and fuss-free quiche

root crops, as these, too, will wick moisture away from the root,

or even a hand pie. Whatever it is, find your go-to recipes for using

leaving you with deflated beets and limp carrots. Store the green tops

up last week’s lingering market vegetables so you’re ready to stock up

in a separate bag, and congratulate yourself because you just bought

again this week.

two vegetables in one.

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potatoes, alliums and tomatoes all prefer the countertop. When in

For a full list of area farmers markets, go to edibleaustin.com

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Pouring Their Hearts Out by TRICHELLE LEE / photography by PATTY ROBERTSON

T

exas natives Michael and Ylianna Dadashi are on a mission

Rainwater is also the core of the Heart Water brand. Science shows

to pour love, one purple bottle at a time. In case those

that rain water is simply cleaner and more sustainable than spring

names don’t ring any bells, Michael is an Austin-based

water, a.k.a. groundwater. The Dadashis clarified that, despite

MHD

reverse osmosis and heavy filtration processes, pharmaceuticals and

Enterprises and Infinite Recovery. His wife, Ylianna, hails from

pollutants still “damage” the purity of ground water. Michael

McAllen and is renowned for being crowned Miss Texas and

says Heart Water is much cleaner, as it undergoes a seven-stage

representing the Lone Star State at the 2015 Miss USA pageant.

purification process, an ultra-filtration process and then an ozone

Together, they own and operate Heart Water, a sustainably bottled water

infusion right before sealing to completely cleanse the water

company based out of Buda. According to the company’s mission

without the use of fluoride or chlorine. Michael ensures that ozone

statement, their focus is not only to “nourish the minds, bodies and

is “3,000 times stronger than chlorine and 100 percent natural.” With

souls of people around the world,” but also to “quench the universal

the current of the conversation flowing in a more scientific direction, I

thirst for love and connection, making this world a more mindful

decided to collect the technical information from Heart Water’s Chief

place.” When I sat down with them, they shared their inspirational story,

Water Officer, Mark Howell.

entrepreneur

best

known

as

the

founder

of

both

and revealed their vision for how Heart Water would help others nourish their bodies and souls.

First,

Howell

explains

the

basics of how the company harvests

Based on the Dadashis’ personal histories, it appears as if

rainwater.

the two were bound by fate. Michael’s battle with alcohol

water off of 85,000 square feet of

addiction was the very difficult struggle that eventually led him to the

roof space,” he says. “When it rains,

well of healing. Having replaced alcohol with water, he knew he wanted

we let all the water flush off outside

to enter the water business. Soon after, he met the woman of

because there’s going to be some

his dreams, Ylianna and the pair began dating. She had studied

impurities on the roof.” But they’re

water at the University of the Incarnate Word, and she was familiar

very careful to avoid wasting that

with how dirty the bottled water industry is. Michael explains that

water,

he and Ylianna “knew they wanted to do a product together that had

whatever we don’t collect run into a

a social impact and give-back model, and something that was tied to a

retention pond so the water doesn’t

foundation.” A few meetings with friends and a few phone calls later,

go and fill rivers and aquifers.”

Ylianna and Michael decided to invest in what was then Sky Springs

According to Howell, the average bottled water company creates

Rain, an Austin-based bottled water company that prided itself on

massive amounts of waste by dumping much of the water that they

the use of rainwater instead of spring water. Four years later, the

harvest, since groundwater is so polluted.

Dadashi duo acquired Sky Springs Rain and officially launched the Heart Water brand.

he

“Heart

Water

continues.

collects

“We

let

Next, I ask him to break down (in layman’s terms) the ozone purification process. “We manufacture ozone through electricity but we inject it through a Venturi system.” Additional research explains that, “a Venturi is a system for speeding the flow of the fluid by constricting it in a cone-shaped tube. What we’re basically doing is emulating a thunderstorm. When an organic substance such as water collides with electricity, it forms a gas called, O3, a.k.a, ozone. Just three molecules of oxygen.”

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The mission of Heart Water is to "nourish the mind, body and soul of people around the world and quench the universal thirst for love and connection, making this world a more mindful place."

Pure and simple, Howell informs me, “this is the primary method of disinfectant for Heart Water, used in lieu of the typical chlorine, ammonia or chloramines.” Finally, it’s time to address the elephant in the room: “If Heart Water relies solely on rainwater, what happens in the event of a drought?” “We have designed this entire facility to go 90 days without measurable rainfall if need be,” says Howell, though he confirms that Heart Water stores about a quarter of a million gallons of raw water on hand as a drought contingency plan. Overall, he says, he’s not too worried about a lack of water, even in Texas. But what about climate change? “First and foremost," Howell explains, "it’s all about educating people that only 0.7 percent of water on Earth is usable, drinkable, and accessible to the global population, and NASA predicts it’ll drop to 0.5 percent by 2050.” Thinking about how this situation could be addressed before the planet dries out, I asked Howell if Heart Water has any initiatives to lobby with local politicians and spread the word about sustainable water. “You have

working on a sparkling option that will come in an assortment of

to pitch this as common sense,” he says, “and there has to be money,

flavors. When will we be able to buy it? “Soon,” the Dadashis say

value, and return on investments tied to it to incentivize people to be

coyly. In the meantime, we can fill up on all the heartfelt goodness

stewards of water. It’s not a hippy dippy thing.”

of the original fan favorite.

And speaking of elephants in the room: Plastic. Another key to Heart

Empowered by their commitment to create a community of

Water’s sustainability model includes bottling in aluminum rather

support, Michael and Ylianna provide a judgment-free platform on

than plastic, keeping the water cooler longer and keeping plastic out

their website, where people can share stories of suffering to create a

of the landfill.

dialogue, inspire community and touch hearts. To find out where to

Finally, all that talk about water makes us thirsty, and it’s time to taste

grab a bottle for yourself, visit pouryourheartout.com.

what we had been discussing. Heart Water is incredible — light,

Lastly, be sure to check out Michael and Ylianna’s nonprofit, the

pure and airy, without the thick feel and peculiar taste you’ll often

Heartwater Foundation, whose mission is “to improve the lives of

find in bottled water. Pure, fresh water couldn’t have been any

children suffering from extreme poverty, disease and families of

better, and as a bonus, Michael and Ylianna shared that they are

addiction.” That’s something that we can all drink to.

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Texas offers a unique calendar of in-season fruits and vegetables! Use this list to guide your way through the local farmers market

Grilled Broccoli "Steaks" with Caper-Shallot Vinaigrette

and inspire dishes to share with friends and family. Learn how to transform produce with simple techniques and showcase peak-

Makes 4-6 servings

season flavors for a true taste of Texas.

For the broccoli: 4

whole heads broccoli (about 2 lbs total)

To capture the departure of winter and whispers of spring, we turn

¼ c.

extra virgin olive oil

to simple preparations and allow the produce to shine: Peak-season

1 t.

kosher salt

strawberries are briefly soaked in a vanilla syrup and paired with easy

½ t.

freshly cracked black pepper

cream biscuits. Don’t throw away the syrup — the leftovers make for

1 t.

garlic powder

1

medium shallot, peeled and diced

1

clove garlic, minced

an excellent addition to cocktails or lemonade. For a show-stopping vegetable side, flip a floret of broccoli on its head, slice into thick steaks, roast and garnish with a zippy shallot vinaigrette with briny capers. Arugula

Eggplants

Basil

Fennel

Beets

Garlic

Blackberries

For the vinaigrette: ¼ c.

white wine vinegar

2 T.

balsamic vinegar

1 T.

water

1 T.

dijon mustard

½ t.

kosher salt

Green Beans

1/3 c. 2 T.

capers

Bok Choy

Kale

2 T.

toasted pine nuts

Broccoli

Lettuces

Grated pecorino cheese, for serving

Brussels Sprouts

Melons

Cabbages

Mint

Carrots

Onions

Cauliflower

Radishes

Celery

Shallots

this will prevent browning. Using a pastry brush, generously oil the

Cilantro

Strawberries

broccoli. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Roast for 25

Corn, Sweet

Sweet Potatoes

minutes, or until slabs are generously browned and stems are tender.

Cow Peas

Tomatoes (Hot house)

Dewberries

Turnips

extra virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 375°. Set the broccoli on a cutting board, stem side up. Slice vertically into ½-inch slabs. Some of the florets will BURHAN REXHEPI

fall off — set those aside and store for another use. Lay the slabs on a baking sheet. Do not use parchment paper or a silicone mat, as

While broccoli is roasting, combine shallot, garlic, vinegars, water, mustard and salt in a mason jar. Allow to sit for 15 minutes as the shallot mellows in the vinegar. Add oil, secure jar with lid and shake until oil is emulsified, about 30 seconds. Stir in capers. To serve the broccoli, spoon caper vinaigrette over steaks and garnish with pine nuts and grated cheese.

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WHAT'S in season

WHAT'S in season

Sweet Cream Biscuits with Strawberries Makes 8 large biscuits or 12 small biscuits For the strawberries: ½ c.

granulated sugar

¼ c.

water

2 T.

vanilla bean paste or 1 whole vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped

1 lb.

strawberries, trimmed and diced

For the biscuits: 3 c.

all-purpose flour

4 t.

sugar

1 T.

baking powder

¼ t.

baking soda

2 c.

plus ¼ c. heavy whipping cream

¼ c.

turbinado sugar, plus extra to top biscuits

For the whipped cream: 1½ c. heavy whipping cream

Start with the strawberries. In a large, heat-proof jar or liquid

Drop dough onto the prepared baking sheets, brush with the

measuring cup, combine the sugar and water. Microwave in 30-

remaining ¼ cup heavy cream and sprinkle evenly with turbinado

second increments, stirring in between until the sugar is

sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and

completely dissolved. Allow to cool, and add vanilla paste (or seeds) and

the sugar has caramelized. Allow to cool slightly, and transfer to a

strawberries. Set aside to macerate while you prepare the biscuits.

cooling rack until ready to serve.

Preheat the oven to 450°, and line 2 baking sheets with parchment

To make the whipped cream, vigorously whisk the heavy cream in a

paper or a silicone baking mat. In a large bowl, whisk together the

large bowl until stiff peaks form. Whisk in a few tablespoons of the

flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Gently stir 2 cups of

strawberry sugar liquid, adjusting to taste.

cream into the flour mixture until a soft dough forms, careful not to overmix.

Don’t throw away the syrup — the leftovers make for an excellent addition to cocktails

To assemble the biscuits, gently split each biscuit in half with a fork, and top with a dollop of cream and spoonfuls of strawberries, draining off syrup as necessary. Biscuits will keep in an airtight container for up to one day. To serve the next day, refresh biscuits in a 350° oven for 3 minutes. You can prepare the strawberries up to two days in advance, and we recommend using any leftover syrup for cocktails or lemonade!

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FARMERS diary

Crisp Farms by SARAH MCCONNELL / photography by PATTY ROBERTSON

N

estled among the farm and ranch lands of Central Texas,

loop system to grow pure, organic produce and humanely raised tilapia.

in Smithville, sits a seemingly ordinary greenhouse with an extraordinary purpose. Welcome to Crisp Farms, one

For Chris, who’d worked with his father, Bob, in the family

of only two certified-organic facilities in Texas that uses aquaponics

business before launching Crisp Farms, the appeal wasn’t only in the

to grow fresh, sustainable produce. What makes this family-owned

aquaponics process but also in the prospect of getting to work with

farm’s produce particularly unique, however, is not just the fresh, pure

his father. “We’re really comfortable working together. We’re always

quality of its produce but the innovative way that produce is grown.

looking for ideas. How can we work together? How can we start something new?” Chris says. In 2017, Chris’ husband, Grant

For owners Bob and Chris Nagelhout (a father-and-son team), the idea

Richardson, also joined the team, bringing his knowledge of environ-

for an aquaponics farm began with a love for gardening and fishing and

mental engineering and water treatment. When asked what it’s like

a deep appreciation for their environment. “I don’t really distinctly

working together as a family on a day-to-day basis, Bob elbows Chris

remember the day it happened — I just know that it happened,” Chris

and says, “Sometimes, you don’t like me.” As the two laugh, the mutual

says with a chuckle when asked where the idea originated. After

respect and affection for one another is undeniable. Smiling, Chris

discussing the concept with a friend over dinner in Austin, Chris and

adds, “You have somebody there who has your back. Sometimes it

Bob quickly found themselves enamored by the process. They launched

feels a little lonely working in an office, but if you have someone there

into extensive research on aquaponics and consulted with experts to

that you know you can trust, it makes the hard days a little bit easier.”

learn the intricacies of and best practices for creating an aquaponics

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system. Bob has a background in construction, and Chris has a degree

While wandering between rows of giant blue fish tanks, Chris breaks

in environmental design and passion for localized cuisine from his time

down the process of aquaponics. In essence, it all begins with the

studying in Italy. These individual strengths, combined with a shared

tilapia. Water from each of the six tanks, which house approximately

love of the outdoors, made the Nagelhouts the ideal team to make Crisp

600 fish apiece, circulates to separate filtering tanks that remove all

Farms a reality. From there, the two developed a unique business plan:

solids in a process Chris jokingly calls “compost tea making.” Once

create a sustainable, zero-waste aquaponics farm that uses a closed-

the solids are filtered out, a process called nitrification takes place,

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Crisp Farms is one of only two certified-organic facilities in Texas that uses aquaponics to grow fresh, sustainable produce.

and that’s the link between the fish and the plants in the greenhouse.

For Chris and Bob, so much of the fun and passion of aquaponics

As nitrifying bacteria converts the ammonia to nitrate, the water

is found in the experimentation. “It’s just so different from regular

that will feed the produce grown in the greenhouse is infused with

agriculture. I don’t think anybody has the exact science behind it.

nutrients, without the need for fertilizers or other chemicals. From the

Everybody does it a different way because we’re learning,” Bob says.

filtered tanks, the nutrient-rich water makes its way to the greenhouse

“We don’t ever, ever pretend to be experts at this. I feel like we’re

through a piping system, where it is used to nourish the plants before

just floundering our way through this and having more success than

circulating back to the tilapia tanks to begin the process all over again.

failure,” Chris humbly adds, while chuckling at the accidental pun and

“They’re our fertilizer,” Chris says of the tilapia. “A traditional farmer buys

eyeing the tanks holding approximately 3,600 fish behind him.

fertilizer and manure and compost, but we just buy fish and high-quality

Though tilapia is sold on occasion, at Crisp Farms, it’s really about

fish food. That’s our input.” Approaching one of the tanks, Chris says with a

the produce. With offerings that include kale, chard, collards, spinach,

chuckle, “They’re probably pretty hungry at this point in the day. If you get

bok choy, parsley, basil, oregano, cilantro, mint and other specialty

close, they’ll splash, and you might get an aquaponic water bath.” He then

vegetables

demonstrates by throwing a handful of fish food into the tank, setting off a

consumers can take heart knowing that what they’re buying is pure

chorus of splashing and flopping as the fish descend.

Texas produce grown in a way that protects the environment and honors

“It’s fun because we learn every single day,” Chris says while wander-

in

addition

to

the

various

lettuce

varieties,

nature’s processes.

ing through rows of radiant butter lettuce in the brightly lit greenhouse. Despite the humidity in Central Texas that can sometimes make less than ideal conditions for growing produce, the greenhouse allows greens to grow year-round, even in the shorter winter months when there’s less light. Chris and Bob worked with a manufacturer to add LED lights to amplify growth time when necessary and counter the effects of UV filters on the greenhouse as needed. Surrounded by lettuce varieties and leafy greens on all sides, Bob says with an eye to the produce, “Yeah … We eat a lot of salads.” Chris laughs and adds, “My mom will text him and say ‘Hey, can you bring home eight heads of lettuce?”

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This family owned and operated farm in Central Texas is using locally grown produce to create a sense of community.

Chris says he loves all their produce, but if he had to choose, he might be slightly partial to the spring mix and the microgreens, which he describes as “babier baby greens.” On average, these greens are 10 to 14 days old when harvested, so they never develop into full-grown plants. In this state, the greens can be described as nothing less than cute, and creative names like “Make it Mighty,” “Amazing Asian” and “Little Italy” on their packaging only make them cuter. Altogether, the word that comes to mind when looking at this produce is “clean.” Because everything is grown in a greenhouse, the produce doesn’t suffer the harsh effects of the environment. Other than a small root ball at the bottom of the lettuce, the produce is ready to be eaten at the moment of harvest without needing to be washed. No soil or dirt lingers on the leaves. No animals or pests have mingled with it. The produce is nothing but organic and sustainably grown, and it’s harvested on average 24 to 36 hours before being shipped to Central Markets, Whole Foods and Wheatsville Food Co-ops around Texas. As Crisp Farms continues to expand, their hope is to one day be Texas’ source for organic salad produce — a dream well on its way to becoming a reality. 38 / EdibleAustin.com

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packing a

PICNIC

Take It Outside by ADA BROUSSARD / photography by RACHEL JOHNSON

P

icnic: It’s a noun, it’s a verb, it’s a table, it’s a blanket. It’s the warmth of the sun on your shoulders and a perfectly chosen spot. And in Texas, there is no better time to picnic than in

the spring. If you’re lucky, you might be joined by a smattering of wildflowers or the babble of a creek.

Zilker Park + Carrot Hummus There is no picnic spot more classically Austin than the great lawn at Zilker Park. On any particularly sunny day, groups of friends gather on the lawn to relax and soak in the rays. It’s perfect for BYO-

Please, picnic this spring. When you picnic, simple food seems to be

snacks (to share), and BYO-picnic blankets. For the ultimate picnic

effortlessly elevated just by the fact that you’ve thoughtfully packed

experience, connect everyone’s blankets together to form a loungy

it and are enjoying it al fresco. If you take the extra step and bring

patchwork of fun. Bring a frisbee, kite or soccer ball, and instruct

a few picnic accessories — a colorful blanket, cloth napkins and

everyone to bring a dish to share for the ultimate snack spread.

maybe a condiment or two — your meal becomes a sweet ritual. Pack

We recommend starting with carrot hummus. This hummus

up your car, fill it with as many friends as possible and head to one

can be made with roasted carrots straight out of the oven

of the countless beautiful picnic spots Austin and the surrounding

(the warmth will help the flavors come together), but it’s

areas have to offer. For inspiration and help getting out the door, we’ve

also a great use of leftover roasted carrots from the fridge.

paired some of our favorite locales with the dishes we love to enjoy at each.

Serves 5 1

bunch carrots, sliced and roasted

1

can chickpeas, drained

5-6 T.

olive oil

Juice of one lemon, plus a bit of zest

2

garlic cloves, grated

½-1T. honey ½ t.

sriracha or Yellowbird

Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Water, as needed

To top: A bit more olive oil, freshly chopped cilantro

or parsley and chopped peanuts

To serve: Fresh pita, or your favorite chips Combine the roasted carrots with the rest of the ingredients using a food processor or blender, adding a bit of warm water if it seems too thick. Once you’re happy with the texture, taste your hummus and adjust for salt and lemon. Transfer the hummus to a container with a tight-fitting lid. Make a depression in the center of the hummus, and pour a bit more olive oil on top, then sprinkle RALPH YZNAGA

with chopped herbs and nuts. This is the perfect picnic dish as it’s best enjoyed at room (or Zilker) temperature. As always, picnic responsibly: pack it in, pack it out.

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PICNIC

Barton Creek Greenbelt + Muffaletta-Inspired Veggie Sandwich There is no better way to enjoy a picnic than to hike to its

Preheat the oven to 425° to roast the cauliflower and carrots.

location, and there is no easier spot to jump on the trail than the

Drizzle the sliced cauliflower and carrots with a few tablespoons

Barton Creek Greenbelt. For your picnic, we recommend this

of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and toss until well coated.

muffaletta-inspired veggie sandwich, which is made on one long loaf

Place all the veggies on a sheet pan (or two, if necessary to avoid

of bread like ciabatta, focaccia, sesame or even a large hoagie roll.

piling), and roast until the cauliflower is tender and beginning to

The secret is that this sandwich is meant to be sliced on location,

brown, rotating the trays if you’re using two. This should take about

impressively turning one gigantic sandwich into several smaller ones

15-30 minutes. Once the vegetables are roasted, add more salt and

— a trick some friends showed me on a trip to the swamp years ago.

pepper to taste, then set aside to cool. Once cool, toss them with a

Wrap a serrated knife in a dishcloth and secure it with a rubber band

splash of red wine vinegar or the juice of half a lemon.

to bring it along safely. Here, we’re suggesting you roast cauliflower and carrots for your sandwich, but any of your favorite roasted

While you’re waiting, jazz up the mayo. Either by hand or in a food

vegetables, including broccoli, eggplant, squash or peppers, would

processor, finely chop the capers, olives and parsley, and then fold

work. If you’re on sandwich duty, tell your fellow hikers to bring a bag

into the mayo. Season with salt.

of chips, a piece of fruit and something sweet to share. Next, assemble the sandwich. Cut the loaf of bread in half Serves 4

lengthways, and set it on a large sheet of parchment paper. Spread 1

head of cauliflower, sliced

the mayo mixture on the bottom and top halves of the sliced bread.

½ to 1 lb carrots, sliced lengthwise

On the bottom half of the bread, layer the roasted carrots and

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

cauliflower, and don’t be afraid to pile them on. Next, layer the

Red wine vinegar or lemon juice

½ c.

mayonnaise

1 T.

capers

1/3 c. ¼ c.

pitted green olives finely chopped parsley

3-5

pepperoncini peppers, sliced

1

long loaf of bread

¼ lb

provolone cheese, thinly sliced

Wrap the sandwich in parchment paper, and then wrap the

Several large handfuls of arugula

package tightly in plastic wrap. If you have the bag the bread came

Fresh basil leaves

in, you can slip your wrapped sandwich into it. If not, wrap with

Red onion, thinly sliced

tinfoil or plastic wrap. And don’t forget a knife! If you’re feeling very

provolone cheese and then the pepperoncini peppers. Last, pile large handfuls of arugula on top. (Don’t worry if it seems like a lot, the arugula will shrink down as soon as you put on the top, and even more so when you begin to hike.) Sprinkle the arugula with a bit of salt, add the basil and onions, and then top the sandwich. Don’t be afraid to squish it down a little.

ambitious, borrow a technique from Subway and combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon vinegar and a little salt and pepper in a small plastic bottle with a tight lid. Bring this to your picnic, and pass it around for folks to add additional oil and vinegar to their sandwiches.

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Texas wine lovers may want to brush up on their Italian, as an

rich with dark cherry and plum flavors and just a hint of smoke

increasing number of wineries in the state are starting to add

from the three years it ages in barrel, making it an ideal match for

central and southern Italian varietals to their offerings. Easy

wild game or Texas barbecue.

drinking whites like vermentino and trebbiano pair perfectly with hot, lazy Texas afternoons, and medium-bodied reds like montepulciano and dolcetto are guaranteed crowd pleasers. Duchman Family Winery was among the first Texas wineries to embrace Italian grapes, developing a robust portfolio of popular and award-winning wines. Duchman Family Vermentino, a bright, crisp white with hints of citrus and green apple, has become a mainstay on Texas wine lists and a regular award-winner at international wine competitions, most recently winning Gold at the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition. “We had such great success with our vermentino right off the bat, selling more than twice as much of it as our next best seller,” says Dave Reilly, winemaker at Duchman Family Winery. “Since then we haven’t changed much — we use the same yeast, we only do stainless steel fermentation and we ferment relatively cool. It’s simple, but it just tastes good.” On the other end of the spectrum of wine styles, Duchman has also received critical acclaim for their full-bodied red made of aglianico grapes, winning Best in Class at the 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition. The robust wine is

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2018 Rosato (sangiovese) 2017 The Source Sangiovese

WEDDING OAK WINERY

2017 Montepulciano 2015 and 2017 Sangiovese 2018 Rosato di Sangiovese 2018 Trebbiano

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BECKER VINEYARDS

2017 Dolcetto Reserve

BENT OAK WINERY

2018 Barbera Texas High Plains 2018 Dolcetto Texas High Plains 2018 Sangiovese Texas High Plains

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2016 Dolcetto 2018 Vermentino 2018 Trebbiano

Estate Aglianico received a Best in Class award at the 2020 San

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That success was far from a guarantee when the winery started working with the varietal. ”When Oswald Vineyards planted just under eight acres of aglianico, no one had really worked with the grape in the state, so he was taking a huge chance,” says Reilly. Oswald’s gamble paid off, and now aglianico is regularly being recognized as a star not just for Duchman, but for other Texas wineries as well. Most recently, Perissos Vineyards’ 2017

While most Texas wines made with Italian grapes mirror the style of the classic wine, Texas sangiovese is different from the standard Chianti. “Vermentino, montepulciano and aglianico make a very comparable wine to those that come from Italy, but Texas sangiovese is different,” says Reilly. “It makes a light, bright, red-fruit-driven wine. For someone who loves a big Italian sangiovese like Brunello, Texas sangiovese is a different wine, but people still love it.” With something to please every palate, Lone Star oenophiles have much to love in Texas wines with Italian style.

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Cooks regularly.

Buys from local food artisans.

Travels Keeps issues regularly. over a month.

Cooks regularly.

Buys from Purchases local food alcohol. artisans.

Reader Interests

66% own their home.

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Purchases alcohol.

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