Category Archives: Fall 2009

Thanks for the support, and come to the art tour party!

Many, many thanks to all who made Green Corn Project’s fundraiser a joyful day! Sunny skies at beautiful Boggy Creek Farm created a lovely palette for all to imbibe oodles of delicious food and drink, bid on enticing silent auction treats, enjoy chef demos and live music, and generally live large while enlarging Green Corn’s garden-giving mission.

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Have more fun with us by stopping by Green Corn’s space amid artists of the East Austin Studio Tour! We’re at 1220 Rosewood in the lovely backyard of photographer Peter Staats (thanks, Peter!)—make us part of your EAST art tour adventure. GCP volunteers will be there on Nov. 14, 15, 21, and 22. Sample a garden-made goodie, get gardening with a veggie start or seeds, color at the kids’ garden art table, and chat about gardening and how to help bring organic food gardens to more Austinites who lack good access to healthy produce. Our gardeners are enjoying the fruits of our fall volunteer dig-ins, with the fall-season plants such as broccoli, cauliflower, chard, carrots, spinach, onions, lettuce, and more growing quickly in the balmy weather and rains. Some young veggies are ripe for the picking, and there’ll likely be plenty for the Thanksgiving table!

–Helen, GCP volunteer

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Feel Good on Oct. 25!

Feeling good by doing good…That’s so often what Green Corn volunteers describe—that digging food gardens with folks who’ll soon be growing their own fresh organic vegetables makes a person feel genuinely happy. And it’s a comment heard even when the dig-in days are toasty or chilly soggy, as it tended during the just-completed fall garden dig-ins. 

Now it’s time for anybody looking for some feel-good fun to mark your calendars for October 25—Green Corn’s annual fall fest fundraiser at lovely Boggy Creek Farm. Once again, 32 top Austin restaurants and gustatory purveyors (many thanks!) are serving up their finest fare for a sensory celebration worth well more than the $35 entrance.

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Our generous sponsors (mille grazie!) and silent auction donors (muchas gracias!) are once again providing an enchanting afternoon at Boggy Creek and a chance to score a smorgasbord of creature delights. Picture yourself or a friend or relative delighted by the likes of these: Luxurious weekend staysgala gourmet gatheringsstress-melting pamperingexquisite sustainable dininggarden and backyard makeovers…cool cooking classes…amazing art for body and homelocal taste treats…garden goodiesenticing entertainment extravaganzassweet grocery giveaways…and much more.

 This year, we’ll have something extra—a children’s table (Danke! to Natural Gardener) where kids can create art, play games, and take home their own veggie starter kit!

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Along with inspirational chef demos and live music…well, it’s got to be the most fun going on in Austin on the 25th.

Feeling good; doing good…join us for a win-win afternoon at Boggy Creek, and thanks for your support for Green Corn’s goal of feeding Austin, one garden at a time.

–Helen, Green Corn volunteer

Easy, yummy fall gardening

If you grow any kind of food, you’re likely giddy with glee over how the recent rains turbo-charged our water-starved veggie, nut, and fruit friends. But what’s just as real as rain and well, reality, is the fact that in central Texas, we gardeners often got to deal with less-than-favorable gardening conditions. That’s why we always keep some tough old gals in the garden who’ll produce—or just stay alive—through heat waves and drought.

The fall garden season is ideal for enjoying some easy gardening with a whole slew of hardy, reliable veggies. Kids and grownups groove on faves such as carrots, peas, broccoli, spinach, and greens—and if you get busy right quick, you can still get a fall crop of cherry tomatoes and green beans! If you’re a newbie, learn how to fall garden at Green Corn classes; garden newbies and oldbies can amp up the fun by joining a dig-in that helps others grow their own food.

And whether you’re now chowing on a revivified summer crop or licking your chops over the fall haul to come, the EATING part of gardening has got to be one of the best things ever invented. Lately, I’ve been inspired by my tough-as-nails garden pal chard, who stood by me (and my watering hose) all the way through the heinous heat.
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The key to yummy chard for me is pairing it with whatever savory soup broth, sauce, or filling I’ve got going. So I’ll slice up some ruffley leaves to slide into any soup I’m heating up and add handfuls to just about any sauce from tomatoey pasta toppings to say, a garlicky mushroom-chicken melange. Plus, chard leaves make excellent wraps for any kind of leftover or sandwich filling! Check it out:

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Just dip the leaves briefly into simmering salted water, and the chard becomes a strong, pliant wrap for (above) a Greek-style sauté of leftover rice, garlic, lemon, oregano, feta cheese, and pistachio and (right) oniony baked winter squash sparked with orange juice next to Indian-inspired leftover mashed potatoes zipped up with sauteed mustard seeds, onions, cumin, and peas.

As they say in Paris (Texas), très bon! And on top of all this deliciousness, chard (along with other greens) is a nutritional powerhouse veggie, so you’ll be getting all Popeye, too. Seems like now’s a good time, as they say down on 6th street, to “chardy hearty” and get going with a bounteous fall garden!

–Helen, GCP volunteer