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SUMMER TRAINING

In the past month or so, its been the blazing hot Austin weather you associate with book bag induced back sweat from walking across campus. We knew it was coming. It comes every year.

We spent most of spring and early summer preparing our plants for it. We did our planning early. We planted the drought-tolerant native plants. We did the deep waterings to encourage the roots to seek the water. But unfortunately, a couple of plants did not take their training as seriously as others.

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But this morning, the sun took a nap, and it almost felt like a tiny bit of cool breeze could be around the corner. We know you are tired, and being thirsty and hot is hard, but hang in there- a break is coming soon. Just a few more reps and we’ll get you all a nice big protein shake.

SCENES FROM AROUND THE FARM

1. We did a transplant of the pumpkins, zucchini, and melon to make room for the tarp. We knew there was a 90% chance they might not make it, but it was a save the many situation. One of the pumpkins is doing pretty well, so not all is lost.

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2. Our tomato plants are making a final push. They have really been good sports about August. We even got a couple cute peppers to add to salads.

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3. There are so many fancy hamburgers out there. The classic burger will always be #1 to us. Our unofficial ranking of hamburgers in Austin is coming soon.

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4. We have been stealing snippets of hens and chicks from my mom, but we have a heck of a time trying to get them to grow. Its probably a bit of a climate shock. But this one started to grow a friend, and I couldn’t be more happy for them to have each other.

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5. It rained. Thank goodness we decided to trust the weatherman and not put on the sprinkler the night before. We would have looked so dumb.

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You can follow us on Instagram for more real-time scenes from around the farm.

PARK PICNIC STRATEGY

We occasionally try to leave the house to do something cultural. This week, the reason was the annual play in the park. Austin is a hot, crowded place, so there is a lot of strategy required in attending these events. So we turn to the classic UT football motto:

1. Come early.

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You would have to be one of those super lucky people to just meander into the park, and find a good spot. There is one side that receives much earlier shade, which is what you want. We showed up early, brought lots of blankets to claim our spot, and made sure we could also see the stage because that is the whole point anyway.

2. Be loud.

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In a crowd of a million people sweating in the sun, actions speak louder than words. We respected the picnic blanket rules, picked up all our trash, and stayed chill.

3. Stay late.

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The play starts around 8:30, has a short intermission where they ask you for money, and was over around 11ish. We were feeling awfully sleepy by intermission, but we brought some kettle corn and cookies to help keep us going until the end.

4. Wear orange.

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Our college t-shirt blanket is a picnic essential. We also brought a fleece Longhorn blanket to share. Our other picnic essentials included lots of water, easy to eat dinner to share, and napkins to clean anything that might attract bees or angry ants.

Wishing you many happy picnics with your entire city!

PURSLANE AT THE DRIVEWAY MARKET

Happy Friday, farmer friends! Have we got a treat for you today. A super healthy treat.

America’s hottest superfood is purslane. Like the hipster it is, this weed is invading a farmers market near you. This plant has EVERYTHING- more omega-3 fatty acids than any other veggie, the eicosapentaenoic acid of a fishy, all the vitamins, minerals, and a bunch of antioxidants to keep your body running errands around town in workout clothes. And if that isn’t enough for you, its also classified as a noxious weed.

We had to get our hands on this stuff, so we took 3 steps out our front door, and turned towards the closest market. Only the most fresh and local for us.

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Thank goodness we remembered our reusable bags. We chose to proclaim our Austin-ness with the free SXSW tote bag. We keep it weird by sporting a bag that 50,000 other people also have.

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After a short walk, we arrived at the Driveway Market, which is even closer than the Garden Market. We chose the freshest bunch of purslane we could find that wasn’t flattened by tire tracks, so we could be sure to reap all those good health benefits.

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We filled up our reusable tote with superfood, and headed home.

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Now comes the part of consuming vegetables without juicing them. Enjoy purslane: in a salad with flax chive dressing, with salsa verde and tortillas (everything tastes better with tortillas), in tomato and cucumber salad, and mushed up in pesto.

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Doesn’t get more local than that. Enjoy your super weeds.

 

HIKING AT BULL CREEK

To maintain our healthy lifestyle, we try to live by a couple rules. Eat lots of veggies. Get lots of fresh air. Drink lots of water. Sometimes we are lucky enough to cross a couple of these off our list early in the morning, so we have the rest of the day to watch movies inside eating popcorn.

This was one of those lucky days. A plan to hike along Bull Creek. Our goal was to 1. survive the sun, and 2. find water in the creek.

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Our perseverance and optimism was rewarded by the flowing creek water. The fish were swimming with happiness.

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The rain we had during spring was clearly appreciated here.

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Water isn’t only important for plants, but also humans. This hike was generously sponsored by our reusable water bottle. Taking our inspiration from the creek, we filled the bottle with ice and water from our house, and enjoyed refreshing sips while sweating in the sun.

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