Happy Saturday folks! Today is the day that ACCo launches our new Project Wildflower, where we'll be delivering free wildflower seed packets to anyone in the Austin community so that together we can all make our city extra beautiful next spring. Check out our latest Instagram post for more information, and if your interesting in getting a wildflower packet delivered to you, fill out our delivery form here :)
If you have a spot in the city that you already know you want to plant your wildflowers at, great! But if you don't, not to worry, because here are ACCo members' favorite spots in the city that we think would be perfect for scatting your wildflower seeds.
ACCo's top tips on planting wildflowers this year: 1. Go hiking along the greenbelt and scatter some seeds there! Look for areas with at least some sunlight (not foresty spots). 2. Plant in your favorite neighborhood park. As long as there's moderate sunlight and a somewhat open space to drop the seeds, planting right in your neighborhood is a super easy way to contribute to the biodiversity in your area :) 3. Make a wildflower seed bomb! Making seed bombs is easy and you get the added bonus of getting to throw them out the window (wherever there's open space by the side of the road... preferably not at other cars or pedestrians!) For an easy article on how to make seed bombs, click here. 4. Stop at road medians around town. As long as it's a safe spot to be standing, road medians are a great place to plant wildflowers, and easy to find. 5. Plant them in your front yard! Everyone on your street will be glad that you did, and you'll get to see them every day! there's no shame in staying close to home :)
serafina scalo As the summer weather comes to an end and leaf bags begin to line the streets, it's beginning to feel a lot more like fall. With that also comes a new season for produce, and (surprise!) new opportunities to eat more sustainably ;) Eating sustainably can mean buying locally sourced food, growing a garden, or ordering from restaurants that prioritize using local and organic goods, One of the easiest ways to eat more sustainably is buy local and seasonal groceries and produce. But figuring out how to get local food and what's in season can be difficult! So here are my best tips on where and how to buy local and seasonal food <3
If your looking for something a little more hands-off, try CSAs: For when you don't have time to visit farmers markets, there's many austin-area CSAs (Community supported agricultrues) that sell weekly or monthly boxes of seasonal produce from local farms. Local Harvest is a great website for finding a specific CSA group that fits your personal preferences for what kind of foods you want and there's tons of options on there, but Johnsons Backyard Garden is great because they offer home delivery and sell to most of the greater travis county area.
For people who don't have time to find recipes that use in season produce but still want to eat locally and seasonally, theres a reallly awesome company called Trashless that sells locally-sourced grocery store items (everything from BBQ sauce and hummus to tortilla chips), local baked goods, pre-packaged meals, and (most bodaciously) meal kits that come with all the food needed to cook a meal and even the recipe!
How to shop seasonally at your go-to grocery store So what IS in season right now anyway, you ask? Here's how to find out! Its pretty easy to shop sustainably at any grocery store as long as know what's in season near you. Here is a really great website where you can look at anywhere in the US and it will tell you whats in season for every month (pretty cool, right?). Right now the highlights are apples, beets, citrus, figs, and melons :) This is also a great general list of seasonal produce in Texas:
Happy fall!! I hope you enjoy the cooler weather, and hopefully buying some tasty seasonal produce ;)
As the weather changes and the autumn season goes into fulls swing, I've been exploring different nature preserves and hikes around the Austin Area. Here are some I've been on in the past weeks:
Last Friday, I went to the Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail. There are a few entrances to this area, but I found that the least traveled one was on the Northeast side of the 360 highway, next to the office buildings.
I also enjoyed exploring at the Riverplace Nature Trail in Westlake, especially in the beautiful weather this weekend. Although you have to pay a fee to hike here, the views and vast area is totally worth it.
I would recommend the Turkey Creek Trail, too. Being right next to Emma Long Park, this area is a little more heavily trafficked, but it is a beautifully shaded trail that's great for dogs as well.
Lastly, if you're up for the drive, the Reimers Ranch Park is just outside Dripping Springs, and has always been one of my favorite places to be. If it's hot, there's swimming in the Pedernales, but if not, the trails themselves are expansive and amazing. Totally worth the trek for me :)
With the growing awareness around the meat industry’s harmful impact on the environment, I’ve been trying to cut down on my meat consumption lately. Though vegetarianism has been considered fairly difficult in the past, it has *thankfully* become much more accessible. The food industry is changing, and pretty much any meal thought possible can be found without meat. (crazy!)
All that being said, here are some of my favorite vegetarian-friendly restaurants local to Austin:
First on my list is Bouldin Creek Cafe on S 1st Street. All of the meals here are vegetarian, and there are some vegan options as well. While their most popular dish, the “Veggie Royal” sandwich, is really good, my favorite thing at the cafe is their vegan blueberry cornbread.
Conscious Cravings, also on S 1st Street, is a vegan food truck that primarily sells wraps. Everything is vegan, delicious, and healthy. My favorite here is the avocado wrap, which is basically a big salad inside a tortilla, but everything is good, I promise.
Mr. Natural is a local vegetarian restaurant with two locations (one in South Austin, one in East). They sell everything from breakfast, lunch, and dinner, to desserts of all kinds, and everything is really, really yummy.
We all know and love P Terry’s, but I’ve recently made the switch from their burger to their veggie burger, a decision I’ll never regret. Next time you’re sitting in the drive-thru line, maybe consider changing your order to the veggie burger, for both your enjoyment and earth’s!
Okay, my last recommendation is the vegetarian tacos at El Tacorrido, which has five locations throughout Austin. Though there are only a few vegetarian options, the “taco de veduras” is well worth the trip. Happy eating!