Go Local. GO TEXAN. TEXAS FOOD, WINE, RESTAURANTS, RECIPES, GARDENING, STYLE & MORE VOL. 6, ISSUE 16 O JANUARY 2018
MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR EACH CUSTOMER
+ THE TEXAS WINE & GRAPE GROWERS ASSOCIATION, AUSTIN ADIRONDACK FURNITURE, GUAR RESOURCES & MORE! TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE O COMMISSIONER SID MILLER
WELCOME TO THE JANUARY 2018 EDITION OF THE GO LOCAL. GO TEXAN. E-ZINE. I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and were able to spend some quality time with your loved ones. This past year was a great one for the Texas Department of Agriculture and I have high hopes for an even better 2018.
even air fresheners. Pay them a visit online to get some genuine Texas gifts.
We also shine a spotlight on Austin Adirondack Furniture, the Texas Wine and Grape Growers Association, as well as Guar In this issue, we highlight several Resources from Brownfield, Texas. GO TEXAN members, including Fredericksburg Farms, which I hope youâ€™ll enjoy this issue. Be sure produces quite a number of Lone Star to share it with your friends. Have State favorites â€” jams, salsas, mixes, a Happy New Year and remember, BBQ sauce, syrup, soaps, candles and Texas Agriculture Matters!
Sid Miller is an eighth generation farmer and rancher and the 12th Commissioner of Agriculture for the great state of Texas. Commissioner Miller has devoted his life to the agriculture industry, and supporting Texas producers and the communities they call home. He is a businessman, rancher, community leader, former ag teacher and former school board member. Commissioner Miller is a rodeo cowboy and holds nine world championship titles. He is an honors graduate of Tarleton State University in Stephenville, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Vocational Agriculture Education. He can be reached at Sid.Miller@TexasAgriculture.gov. 3
FREDERICKSBURG FARMS: MAKING LIFE BETTER FOR EACH CUSTOMER FREDERICKSBURG FARMS RUNS THEIR OPERATION IN A WAY THAT REFLECTS THEIR WAY OF LIFE. STEVE AND RANDYE MCANALLY OPENED A WHOLESALE NURSERY THAT SPECIALIZED IN POINSETTIAS AND GERANIUMS, AND NOW THEIR BUSINESS INCLUDES AN ALL-NATURAL GOURMET FOOD LINE THAT THEY DEVELOPED FROM THEIR OWN FAVORITE RECIPES. 4
ocated in the Texas Hill Country, a region known for its delicious peaches, Fredericksburg Farms features several peach products that include Jalapeacheno Jelly & Glaze, Peach Pecan Butter, Raspberry Peach Chipotle Glaze, Peach Pecan BarB-Q Sauce and Peach Pecan
Amaretto Syrup. Other specialty items include rubs, cheeseballs, chili, bread mixes, mustards, salsas and glazes. To satisfy the olfactory senses, they have a large line of wax melts, candles and hanging air fresheners that include Lone Star scents like bluebonnets, 5
peaches and West Texas saddle leather. “Listening to our customers, we created a premium soy blend candle line and expanded that to include handmade soaps and lotions,” owner Randye McAnally said. “Our most rapidly growing area is our fundraising program, which is available statewide and showcases our all-Texas, allnatural product line.” Their products can be found in gift shops and specialty food stores all across Texas, as well as online. Some of their specialty items are their gourmet food gift baskets and gift boxes, which combine some of their most popular products to make great Texas-made gifts. For more information on Fredericksburg Farms, click here. 7
GRAPE EXPECTATIONS: THE TEXAS WINE & GRAPE GROWERS ASSOCIATION THE STATE OF TEXAS HAS BEEN GROWING GRAPES FOR CENTURIES, BUT IT WASN’T UNTIL THE 1970’S WHEN A UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS (UT) VINEYARD PROJECT GENERATED SOME SERIOUS INTEREST FOR PLANTING GRAPES AND PRODUCING WINE IN THE LONE STAR STATE. Billy Carr, UT’s Lands Department of Surface Interest Manager at the time, was so passionate about this endeavor he and his team helped oversee a thousand-acre commercial vineyard that produced some outstanding fruit and very good wines. Carr’s staff included Dr. Charles McKinney, Gene Drennan and Dr. Roy Mitchell, some of the early pioneers in the Texas wine industry. In October 1973, George Ray McEachern, Extension
Horticulturist at Texas A&M University, gave a speech at the Texas Fruit Growers Conference. His speech, ‘The Potential for Wine Production in Texas in 1973,’ was sent out on the Associated Press wire, resulting in hundreds of letters to George Ray sparking even more interest. At the next year’s conference, a special session was held on grape growing attended by 30 9
growers. More pioneers like Doc McPherson, Dr. Bobby Smith and Ed Auler held planning meetings and did their homework. On March 1, 1977, 92 people met at a Howard Johnson in Austin to create the Texas Grape Growers Association. They soon elected officers and conducted the very first annual educational meeting.
the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association or TWGGA as it’s commonly referred to today.
Today, TWGGA’s mission statement remains true: To promote the production and appreciation of premium grapes and fine wines from Texas and to represent a unified state industry with common marketing, In 1995, with 27 commercial governmental and educational wineries in operation and Texas goals. vintages being recognized at wine competitions around the “Our statewide, memberworld, the association became driven association is comprised 10
of commercial grape growers, wineries, suppliers and consumers,” TWGGA Executive Director Debbie Reynolds said. “The Texas wine industry has come of age. Our grape growers are producing premium fruit, and our talented winemakers have skillfully demonstrated the art of crafting some truly exceptional and award-winning wines.”
In fact, it should come as no surprise that the $13.1 billion the wine industry generates for the Texas economy is the result of hard work, resiliency and sheer determination. So the next time you visit a winery, raise a glass to those early pioneers and enjoy the fruits of their labor. Cheers!
Combined, these individuals, and For more information on the countless others, have certainly Texas Wine & Grape Growers put the Texas wine industry on Association, click here. the map! 11
AUSTIN ADIRONDACK FURNITURE: KEEPING TEXANS LAID BACK AUSTIN ADIRONDACK HAS BEEN MAKING FURNITURE IN TEXAS FOR YEARS AND CONTINUES TO MEET THE DEMAND FOR QUALITY OUTDOOR FURNITURE THAT CAN BOTH WITHSTAND THE TEXAS WEATHER AND ADD TO THE BEAUTY OF ITS SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE. Owner Butch Miller has been making furniture and working with wood for more than 20 years. He began building furniture for his family and friends, which led to the idea of turning it into a side-business to help get his kids through college. With a woodshop in his backyard near Hutto, Miller and his wife, 12
Darcy, are able to customize their work schedules around other work and family commitments. Comfort and relaxation were primary goals for the distinct Adirondack style. “I really think the chairs are comfortable to sit in,” Miller said. “I wanted a chair that would last in the
weather. I always thought having to bring in the chairs or cushions from the weather was such a pain, so I wanted something that would hold up outside and not need a cushion.”
feels good … good enough that you don’t want to get back up.”
Miller knows that the popular Adirondack style chair doesn’t work for everyone, so he makes other chairs that are easier to get Recognizable for its low profile and in and out of. reclining back, the Adirondack style chair is named after the Austin Adirondack Furniture can Adirondack Mountains they be found at craft shows and fairs originated from. across Texas, like the Sandfest Festival in Port Aransas and the He often warns his customers, fall Pecan Street Festival in Austin. though, that his chairs are so There is a store in Fredericksburg comfortable that staying there that sells their furniture year might be the best option. round — Das Peach Haus. The Millers are glad to show you how “Sitting in an Adirondack chair is their furniture is made, so if you’re a real commitment,” Miller said. ever in Hutto, give them a shout. “You are sitting down lower to the If you’d like to shop online, visit ground and leaning back. It just their website. 15
GUAR RESOURCES: BRINGING BEANS TO POWER GUAR BEANS PRODUCE A GUM THAT HELPS OTHER PRODUCTS STAY TOGETHER, BUT GUAR IS NOT A VERY WELLKNOWN INGREDIENT. GUAR RESOURCES IN BROWNFIELD HOPES TO CHANGE THAT WITH ITS INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY AND PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE. The largest market for guar gum is in the food industry, but there are plenty of industrial applications, including textile printing, paper, as a binder or disintegrator in tablets and as a main ingredient in some laxatives, as a thickener in toothpastes, conditioner in shampoos and as an aid in hydraulic fracturing.
In hydrofracking, guar gum is used to thicken water, which allows it to move grains of sand underground a little more effectively than water alone would. Since the 1950s, guar gum has been used to make processed foods, acting as a thickener and preventing the formation of ice crystals. One benefit we all might enjoy from 17
guar gum is that it makes our thickens milk, yogurt and cheese favorite ice cream more creamy! products. It even improves the stability and appearance of salad Guar is now widely used as a gum dressings, barbecue sauces, relishes in gluten-free recipes and products. and ketchups. Used with whole-grain flours, guar is helpful in improving the thickness For more information on Guar of the flours in the leavening process. Resources, click here. It works as a binder with meats and 18
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FREDERICKSBURG FA CHOPS WITH JALAPENO
ARMS RECIPE: GRILLED LAMB O MINT AND MUSTARD SAUCE Lamb is a holiday favorite, and our friends at Fredericksburg Farms have a delicious recipe for you to try, see below for a zesty mint sauce created around their Fredericksburg Farms Jalapeno Jelly. Serves 4. Ingredients: 12 (4-ounce) To taste To taste To taste 2/3 cup 2 tbsp. 1 cup 2 tbsp.
Lamb chops, center-cut Olive oil Kosher salt or sea salt Black pepper, freshly ground Fredericksburg Farms Jalapeno Jelly Fresh mint, finely chopped Beef stock Fredericksburg Farms German Stone Ground Mustard
Directions: 1. Coat lamb chops on both sides with a light brushing of olive oil; season chops with salt and black pepper. Set aside while preparing the sauce. 2. Combine Fredericksburg Farms Jalapeno Jelly, mint, beef stock and Fredericksburg Farms German Stone Ground Mustard in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, to melt the jelly. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes. Keep warm over low heat while grilling the chops. 3. Grill the lamb chops to desired degree of doneness, although medium-rare will showcase their optimum taste and texture. Serve three chops per person, drizzled with a portion of the sauce. 21
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UPCOMING TEXAS EVENTS January 12-February 3: Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Fort Worth January 27: Hill Country Indian Artifact Show, Fredericksburg January 28-27: ZestFest, Irving February 2-18: San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, San Angelo February 8-25: San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, San Antonio February 27-March 18: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston March 10-24: Rodeo Austin, Austin View more Texas events here. 23
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About the Texas Department of Agriculture
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