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 :)