Pollinators: How You Can Help Save The Birds and The Bees

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Pollinators, like bees and birds, help pollinate the very plants that feed our communities

According to National Geographic, “Pollination occurs when pollen is moved within flowers or carried from flower to flower by pollinating animals such as birds, bees, butterflies, moths, or other animals, or by the wind.” When pollen is carried between flowers of and in the same species, it leads to fertilization. In terms of plants, this means it’s possible for seed and fruit products to occur. The pollination process ensures that full-bodied fruit and a full set of viable seeds will happen.

 

Pollinators are in trouble

Scientist suggest evidence reveal there’s a world-wide disturbance amongst pollinators who have suffered from the following:

  • Loss of habitat
  • Chemical misuse
  • Introduced and invasive plant and animal species
  • Disease and parasites

Like bats and bees, many pollinators are now listed on the federally “listed species,” which shows a significant disappearance of that species in natural areas. In Fact, the US has lost well over 50% of its managed honeybee colonies over the past ten years. Unfortunately, due to a lack of research, we don’t know too much about our pollen-passing-friends. In contrast, European countries have set aside over $20 million investigating the status of pollinators in Europe.

It’s essential to do our research, understand, and share some of the key players in our neck of the woods. And fortunately for you, we’ve gathered up a few key-pollinator members to introduce to you:

 

Meet a few of them now and what puts them at risk:

Bees:

With more than 250 species, bumblebee bees like to fill the baskets on their legs with pollen and bring it back to their hives. Inadvertently, these busybodies carry pollen on their soft abdomens from one flower to another.

A sweet honey treat from the Farmer’s Market most likely began with the help of a honey bee. Did you know that commercial honey bees are transported thousands of miles to help create some of our favorite snacks? Some take the long journey to pollinate for Michigan’s cherry trees or California’s almond trees. Honey bees help grow kidney beans, coffee, strawberries, avocados, and walnuts.

In the past twenty years, managed-honey bee numbers have crashed, partly due to colony collapse disorder which occurs to the sudden loss of colony worker bees. These busybodies are necessary to keep the colony alive. Meanwhile, scientists claim bumble bees in Northern America and Europe are dwindling rapidly. While the reason for the loss of bees is complicated, climate change, insufficient nesting resources, food supply, pesticides, disease, and parasites are likely contributors.

Butterflies:

As ambassadors of nature, these fluttering favorites are tiny yet mighty! Making a significant migratory journey from Mexico to Candida, Monarchs are quite legendary, even here in Texas. Gulf fritillary butterflies use nectar from many native Texan flowers, such as the passionflower. This familiar flower is hung beautifully on display in Georgetown, TX. “Bee” sure to check it out while grabbing lunch at Monument Cafe.

Whether it’s promoting pollinators by taking Winged pictures in Leander or putting colorful plants in the backyard, these beauties need our help. Our butterfly’s pollinators’ survival stands threatened due to loss of habitat and plant diversity, climate change, agrochemical pollutants, and invasive species.

Birds:

From hummingbirds to honeycreepers, the United States relies on colorful crooners to help spread pollen in our wildflowers. Soaring from brightly colored flowers to the next, these “tweeters” help stabilize our ecosystem while enjoying red, yellow, and orange colors.

Climate change, pesticides, and glass window strikes from tall buildings are on the list because birds are not making it as they once would. Especially if outdoor house cats find entertainment in our pollinator bird friends, they tend to raise their mortality rate by ruffling more than a few feathers.

Bats:

Bats are often misunderstood and tend to get a bad rap for carrying disease, but they’re mostly harmless to humans. In fact, many people favor bat feces as fertilizer! They’re naturals at pest control, consuming large amounts of harmful agricultural insects and bugs each year. Not only do bats keep pests off plants, but they also help pollinate and spread seeds. Many Texan bats, like the Mexican Free-tail bat, love bright white or light-colored flowers.

Recently, millions of bats have died due to a fungal disease known as white-nose syndrome in bats who live in caves during winter.

 

What can you do today to protect and promote pollinators?

Go native!

 

Pollinators are more attracted to and can “best” adapt to local, native plants, which often need less water anyways. When planting at home or in the community garden, look for Texas native plants that help produce nectar and larval food for pollinators. Not sure what to plant in Central Texas? Check here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Make a day of it and stroll through the beautiful gardens and discover which plants would best be suited for your little garden slice of pollinator heaven.

Here are a few other suggestions on where to buy flowering plants in Williamson County:

To “buzz” up a conversation, tell them about the article you’re reading and help spread the word!

 

Welcome bees home by making Bee Hotels: Bees don’t know where to live, can you help? Most of them are spending their time trying to make a home in ground nests, while others live in grass or tree limbs.

 

Here are some fun DIY videos to get you started:

 

If you want to start small and easy, include the kiddos on a weekend build for the bees, check out the video link below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0re9o1ZqX8

 

Reduce your impact!

Purchase local, organic food and reduce your consumption by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Supply mineral licks for butterflies

Attract magic to the garden by providing a salt lick for butterflies and bees. You’ll want to mix a small amount of sea salt or wood ashes and place them in a shallow puddle in the garden (or sheltered area). This provides valuable minerals to our free-flying friends!

Splish, splash! Let’s make a bath

No matter what Pinterest says, don’t use glass in the garden to make a birdbath. We’ve all seen this, right? Place sea-salted sponges in birdbaths to provide additional food sources and freshwater to our pollinators—Brownie points for keeping the water clean by changing the water often.

Ditch the lawn, plant flowers

Make the most of the lawn by planting more flower beds and veggie gardens. If you want to keep it cool, maybe try it mullet style. Business in the front, party in the back if you don’t want the neighbors to see your wild side!

Whatever you do, do something!

Bees and other pollinators help define our entire ecosystem. Without them, the ecosystem would be substantially different or cease to exist altogether. Pollinators are vital to global economies and food supply.

Get to know people within our community who care

 

 It might be through local conservation groups, community gardens, or volunteering at the Farmer’s market. With the dramatic decline in insects and other pollinators, it’s essential we do our part as a community. Be sure to spread the word about pollinators and why they matter.

 

 

 

Maybe the last of the Cool Spring Days

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Enjoy a walk at the Farmers Market in your Hoodie Today

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market – follow their Facebook site for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. Update for Wolf Ranch. All kinds of fresh veggies, squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list, and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmer’s market is the best way to start a day.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new stirring up every week. Cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now.10 am – 2 pm every Saturday.

1st weekend of each month: Pet-Friendly Furry Friends – free treats for pets & various activities…coming in Feb adoptions!
2nd weekend of each month: Taste of the Market – cooking demos with seasonal ingredients!
3rd weekend of each month: Artsy Crafty activities – contact-free with social distancing
4th weekend of each month: Wellness – tips to keep you healthy and strong like a social distanced yoga class or a 3k walk/run!
5th weekend of each month; Musical Market! Masked Singer Karaoke, local talent, and more!

West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm. look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind masks, and south porch custom-made wooden, skincare products for women and men soft, sensuous, and silky from Ellie Cat. It is another beautiful day under the oak trees. Grab the kids and enjoy the morning.

 

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm cookies fresh baked and ready to eat. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef, and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams, and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore so grab your best buddy, head on over, and enjoy!

 

Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Amber Oaks Ranch, Bucking Goats Farm, Coupland Honey, Farmer Al’s Eggs, Ghost Tree Farm, Kraft’s log Works, and microgreens, Nanny Goat salsa, and Yegua Creek Farm.

Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products. Organic soaps, body care products, and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. Need a unique present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers.

Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

Sunday Market:

Coupland  The Coupland Farmers and Artisan Market – 12 – 5 pm Hosting Coupland Honey, Klanika Photography, Nava’s Soft Servefood truck, WELSS metal and leather, The Country Larder, Bricks by Marty, Meghan’s Magic, H.I.M Jewelry, Kina Ice, Harrison’s Backyard Eggs and many more.

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come to pick up your veggies at their farm stand Wednesdays 3-6 pm. Place a Pre-order online. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East, and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee, and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies, and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  Coming soon on the last Friday of each month Savory Market adds a new location in the Bryson Neighborhood in Leander.

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market 10 am -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pasta, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations, and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little hometown fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pasture-raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts! Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

Friday Market

Savory Farmer’s Market – Starting up a new market on the last Friday of every month. If you live in Leander near 183 this is a great stop on your way home. Maybe we can ask Savory Market Man to host a Red Box and Popcorn for Friday night movies! Bryson Backyard Amenity Center: 1960 Pleasant Hill Rd Leander, TX 78641. Come 3:00-7:00pm

Shoppin’ at the Farmers Market- All Local, All Original, All Organic. 

Stop by the local Herbal Table for a little Seasonal Allergy Relief!

#supportlocal #family #texasfarmersmarket

 

Simple Tips to Spring Cleaning

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Ultimate Spring Cleaning!

After a long, cold winter, it’s time to deep clean the home in preparation for the new beginnings that springtime brings. When you take the time to go beyond your regular cleaning schedule, you’ll begin to feel better about your tidy and welcoming home. To get started, we’ve crafted a list to help you clean your home by offering up a room-by-room checklist. All you need to do is schedule the time, grab cleaning supplies, and pick a room! Then, get ready to kick the dust-up in our in-depth cleaning tips and tricks.

How often should I deep clean?

When you’re asking yourself this question, think about your personal life. What time do you have available? Who can help? There are so many different ways to tackle spring cleaning, but it’s ultimately up to you to get the job done.

Keep in mind! Spring is a beautiful time to clean, organize, declutter, but the actual cleaning portion should happen more frequently than once a year. Consider cleaning seasonally or choosing a room or space to tackle every three months for the weekend. You might want to choose one room per month (suggest kitchen in July and Bedrooms in June) or chip away weekly with 1-2 tasks per week.

Be aware that the more people who share your home, the more time you’ll need to put into cleaning. If you live with other people, consider breaking up the tasks.

If your roommates happen to be your children, consider this an excellent opportunity to teach them something new! They will be moving out one day and will need to learn how to clean their own homes anyways.

What do I need to deep clean?

There’s no need to buy all the fancy products from Target – chemicals are not great anyways. Everyday products like dish soap, baking soda, white vinegar, microfiber cleaning cloths, and a scrub brush are easy to find and useful.

Stock your cleaning caddy or cabinet with these times:

  • Plastic bucket
  • Detail brush
  • Cleaning cloths (paper towels, dish towels, or rags)
  • Old toothbrush
  • Mop or steamer
  • Broom or vacuum (for hard floor setting)
  • Glass cleaner
  • Rubber gloves
  • An all-purpose cleaner (or homemade)
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Squeegee
  • Spray bottle

Bathroom

Scrubbing the bathroom should begin with the bathtub, fixtures, and grout.

We recommend using soap and water to clean most of these items, but it’s just not cutting the trick. You can make a paste with baking soda and water. Once you’ve made this mixture, scrub with a detailing brush around fixtures and other hard-to-reach areas. Finish up with a microfiber cloth to help it shine.

A trick to cleaning your shower head is to let it soak overnight in vinegar and water. You can do so by filling a bag with the cleaning solution and tightening it around the showerhead. You can use this same technique to get the grout clean.

Pay close attention to the shower tile. With a little elbow grease, it can look like new. 

Shower curtains

Most shower curtains can be washed in a delicate cycle in your washing machine, but make sure to check the packaging before doing so. We don’t want a bigger mess on our hands, do we? If your shower curtain is gross and not able to be washed, consider repurposing it as a painting cloth drop. You can easily tape it up with painter’s tape on your next project.

If you have a fabric curtain, wash and dry according to the instructions on the packaging. You might be able to Google the directions if you remember the name brand. If you’re feeling wild, go ahead and call the manufacturer for instructions.

Kitchen

Fridge, Cabinets, and furniture

Oh my! It would help if you started your cleaning adventure in the kitchen by cleaning out all food items and unplugging your fridge before tackling this massive task. Once all your food is out and the device is unplugged, go ahead and use dish soap and a rag to get the sticky-icky out! It isn’t odd to use dish soap because it’s a degreaser and helps break down the oils and residue left behind. If your fridge is easy to move, push it or pull it out from its spot and clean underneath it. When finished, toss expired food. Are there items that you can dispose of properly? Check the packaging to see if you can recycle via the Hefty Bag program or locally.

Use a microfiber rag to clean cabinet fronts. Consider grabbing the vacuum with a crevice attachment to go deep into your cabinets and drawers. Once all the junk is out, wipe it down with disinfectant.

Chairs, chair legs, and kitchen table legs can be whipped down with a rag and disinfectant spray. Keep in mind the material of your furniture and plan accordingly.

Wash trash bins and recycling cans with warm soapy water and a rag or sponge.

Oven and stove top

There are three convenient ways to clean the oven. The oven’s self-cleaning setting might be the easiest, but make sure your kitchen is well ventilated, remove anything inside the oven (or that fancy little drawer below it), and run the cycle. If your oven doesn’t have this option, you can clean it with a baking soda paste and a scrubber. If you have to, grab a specialty product from Target (but stay focused on your task at hand! It can get wild in there.)

If you have a gas stovetop, you can soak the metal grates in soapy water and clean them with a scrubby before returning them to the stovetop.

Clean the entire thing if your stove has a glass top or stovetop with electric coils.

Microwave and dishwasher

Grab your sponge and all-purpose cleaner to clean the microwave. Remove the tray and toss it in the dishwasher. Whip the exterior with the same sponge and finish it off with a microfiber cloth. So fresh, so clean!

Usually, the dishwasher is the one working overtime, but not this time, baby!

Empty it, whip the inside and out and clean the filter. A good tip is to splash 1 cup of vinegar in it and run the machine on the highest cycle. When finished, let the machine air out by cracking it a bit. If you’re worried about animals climbing in, consider giving them a break at the dog park or putting them in a room for a few hours. Finish off the dishwasher’s exterior with some glass cleaner and microfiber cloth. And honestly, folks: You should be cleaning your dishwasher monthly like this.

Kitchen Sink and Countertops

Pay special attention to areas around your kitchen faucet. It’s where goobers, like leftover Chinese food and chip crumbs, like to hide! When cleaning the countertops, toss everything on to the floor for my big sweep later or more responsibly into the trash, then scrub stuck-on-food spots with soapy water and a scrubber.

Once I’ve got all the stickies off the countertop, disinfect with an all-purpose cleaner. You can use this method for backsplash, faucets, and countertops. It’s essential to use a disinfectant and follow proper instructions for contact times and reasonable dilution practices.

Pro-tip: Consider dropping lemon juice down the garbage disposal and run it with hot water for a fresher smelling kitchen sink.

Bedroom

Tell Marvin Gaye not tonight! It’s time to throw all your linens into the washing machine according to their manufacturer’s instructions. The Sleeping Foundations recommends washing sheets once per week, and we’re cool with that. It’s a good idea to make sure you have a back-up pair of sheets if you don’t have time to wash (or you’re lazy like me and forget to switch the load for 23 years).

Every six months, you should rotate your mattress. If you need to freshen it up, sprinkle some baking soda on it and then let it sit for an hour before vacuuming it up.

Scoot your bed over and vacuum under it. The Lord only knows what dusty creatures have built up under there over time. You might even find a few socks that are missing their mates (and probably 34 cat or dog toys).

Use a polishing or furniture cleaner and a microfiber cloth to whip headboards, dressers, and side tables.

Pillows and comforters can be washed once a year if your washing machine can’t hang (or if it’s not large enough), considering going to a local laundromat.

Living room and common areas

It would help if you vacuumed the upholstery. Lift cushions, grab anything you might have lost, and vacuum underneath them—Spot clean as needed.

Pro-tip: There’s no need to Google what upholster is (like I did when writing this). It’s furniture with soft coverings made with fabric, padding, springs, and wedding. It’s your couch, chair, and loveseat.

Wipe down furniture with a microfiber cloth. Make sure it’s a bit damp to trap excess dust.

Closets

Take everything out and reorganize it. It’s really the only way. While everything is out and about, vacuum the floor and whip down any organizational units. When you put your items back in, don’t pack them tight. Hang them the correct way.

If you need to donate things, make sure you do it responsibly.

Laundry room

When was the last time you washed your washing machine? Wipe down the exteriors with an all-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth. Clean your washing machine interior according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Throughout the home

More often than not, people miss cleaning baseboards and walls. You can use a simple hack I found on YouTube to clean these.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EKypSreDbM
Don’t Forget the Baseboards

Light fixtures

Dust bunnies LOVE light fixtures. Turn off the light, then use a vacuum attachment to suck those buggers up. You can use a damp microfiber cloth as well.

For ceiling fans, consider the mess you may make when cleaning. Use newspaper sheets or a paint drop cloth (fibers can be washed) to catch any potential dust. Wipe down each blade with an all-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth.

Floors

You should be cleaning, mopping, sweeping, and vacuuming often.

For deep cleaning, focus on pesky hard-to-remove stains and addressing high traffic areas where dirt has built up. Grout tiles may need more time and attention.

However, start with the basics of how you would generally clean hardwood or laminate floors. You can sweep, mop, and let dry. Then, go back in for the tougher stains. It makes things easier.

Carpet set stains may be cleaned with a 1:1 mixture of water, white vinegar, and a few dish soap drops. Blot the spot with a cloth so that you lift it (rather than rubbing it back into the carpet). If you use a specialty cleaner, test it on the spot first because you don’t want it to damage your carpet potentially. We don’t want you to add a new carpet to your list of things to buy. If you’re feeling up for it, consider renting a steam cleaner or borrowing from a friend.

Windows

Let there be LIGHT! It’s a good idea to remove any dirt or dust with a vacuum before spraying a cleaning product. Once you’ve sucked up the dirt, you can roll a towel up and use soapy water and a sponge to clean away the first layer of dirt. Squeegee windows dry, and this towel will catch any excess dirty water. Then use a microfiber cloth and glass cleaner to make the window shine.

Keep in mind! If your windows are wood or metal, you’ll need to care for them a bit differently. Wooden window sills shouldn’t be saturated with cleaning products or aqua. To clean these, use a damp microfiber cloth and spray with a little bit of wood or all-purpose cleaner.

Snacking Sustainably : 11 Snack Hacks to be More Sustainable 

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Snacking Sustainably :

Chips, granola bars, and fruit snacks come

wrapped in plastic (which NEVER goes away).

In this blog, learn how to reduce waste while snacking.

Does supermarket waste drive you bonkers? Good. It should! Negative publicity and consumer demand for plastic-free veggie and fruit are creating a ripple across American grocery stores and supermarkets. Slowly but surely, change – big, I might add, is happening. It’s quite encouraging either way.

In this blog, we hope to raise awareness about a topic that doesn’t get too much direct attention. One that is worse for the environment, for animals, and for humans. It’s food waste.

Before diving deep into my hacks to reduce food waste at home, you’ll need to understand why consumer awareness in Western countries is vital.

 

Snacking Sustainably – Are you aware of the dangers of plastic? 

If we hope to prevent 80 billion lbs. of food from going to USA landfills each year, we need to discuss how grocery stores’ unethical practices are leading to vast quantities of edible food being wasted.

Nearly 40% of plastic created each year comes from the packaging of single-use products. These products are typically only used one time before they’re thrown away and forgotten. It’s easy not to think that it makes much of a difference.

If you have the privilege of not living so close to a landfill, it may be easier to pretend your garbage doesn’t have a global impact.

 

LANDFILLS ARE RUNNING OUT OF ROOM!

Landfills are running out of space, and trash companies want to expand the limit on how high they can stack garbage. Think the more garbage being processed, the more money in their pockets. Unfortunately, people that live near these landfills have to deal with the views, and it’s quite unsightly.

What’s the problem? People create garbage. It’s not only in the Wilco area; it’s all over the world. According to the EPA, the average American citizen produces around 5.91 lbs. of trash, with about 1.51 being recycled. As an average, that’s about 4.40 lbs. of daily waste per person. If you’re a family of 4, that is 17.7 lbs. of trash per household per day and over 123 lbs. bs per week!

If families could cut back on one pound per person per day, it means that a family of four’s waste would be nearly down to 96 lbs. in a week. That is huge! However, we need to think big picture. What if we could get our community to reduce waste?

 

Snacking Sustainably – What does it mean to be “sustainable?”

While “zero waste” is impossible, “low waste” is achievable. We don’t need a million people doing “zero waste” or even “low waste” perfectly. We need a million people trying to cut back their waste. Sustainability means avoiding the depletion of our natural resources in order to maintain a good ecological balance. There is no Planet B. We must take care of the one we have. It’s not that difficult to make a few conscientious decisions to help the bigger picture. Establishing a slightly-altered routine would be ideal for helping reduce our global garbage problem.

 

While there are many ways to reduce waste, this blog is about limiting waste with a focus on snacks!

Individually packaged snacks have got to go! Try limiting purchase.

Snacks! Yum, I love snacks. You love snacks. We all love snacks, but it’s unfortunate that they come all tangled up in plastic packaging, which is one of the worst waste generators around. Think about all the goldfish, granola bars, and fruit snacks – all wrapped in single-use plastic! While some packaging can be recycled at home, most of it can’t!

The following suggestions will help give you ideas for how to reduce the amount of food packaging you buy (and therefore throw away) and ideas for how to store snacks without wastefulness.

Note: We do understand that some food packaging is unavoidable, and sometimes lower bargain prices and availability in our area will dictate final choices. Remember, “zero waste” isn’t all or nothing. We encourage you to do the best you can with what you have! That’s all anyone can really do!

 

Invest in Containers!

Investing in alternative containers is a must, especially if you are serious about reducing single-use plastic. Think about where you typically bring snacks. Do you have children? Do you need to snack on the way home from work? There are so many options that can be custom-fit to your needs.

First off, saying that we love stasher bags is an understatement. What’s a word that means more than love? Silicone Stasher bags replace Ziplock bags, seal incredibly well, and can be put in the microwave, freezer, dishwasher, and oven. They’re absolutely incredible.

The price of stasher bags might lag your decision to purchase, but try grabbing one of the smaller versions, and you’ll be hooked soon enough. There are many “like stashers” on the market, but I promise they’re not worthy of your time.

Another alternative would be to grab beeswax wrap, which is an alternative to plastic cling wrap. You can make yourself or purchase from an eco-friendly store. The beeswax wrap is awesome because it’s natural and reusable while sealing containers of any shape.

Additionally, I want to recommend reusable produce bags. As obvious as it should sound, I want to recommend reusable produce bags. There’s no point in going to the grocery store with intentions of reducing your waste if taking home little plastic bags happens every time.

 

How to reduce individual packaging? 

While at the grocery store or farmers market, search for whole foods. Why? Many of these nutritious foods come low-waste and healthy to snack on.

Skip the little plastic bag that helps “keep them together” in your buggy, and consider bringing reusable produce bags.

When you get home from the market, consider prepping your veggies and fruits for meals right away. For example, chop up tomatoes and onions for an upcoming taco meal (and compost the rest). Storing prepared carrots and celery in water in the fridge can help keep them crispy, fresh, and ready to eat. These snack hacks save time, money and earn big “eco-points.”

You can totally use Stasher bags when grocery shopping. If you plan on freezing a product – like meat or veggies, consider filling your stashers with the product, purchasing and directly tossing it into the fridge. It really is more convenient! There’s a “tar weight” written on the side of the bags that the cashier can subtract for the total weight of your products.

 

Reduce waste in Dairy

Let’s be honest! Between all the cheese, milk, and yogurt, Dairy is a big part of a child’s life. Unfortunately, most dairy products come in single-use plastics.

  • DIY: If you’re feeling brave enough, consider making your own dairy products, like yogurt. Not only can you control what goes into the product, but it helps the environment.
  • Cheese: Cheese doesn’t have to be a big “no-no!” Some ways to reduce waste with cheese are to bring in your own stasher bag or beeswax wraps at the deli. Ask them to put your cheese in these helpful products to cut back waste. If this is not ideal, consider purchasing cheese in bulk and slicing off individual servings for snacks.

 

Make & Bake at Home

Snacks made in your cozy kitchen are typically healthier and tastier than store-bought! Not only can we avoid preservatives by using whole grains, but I’m also able to control how much sugar goes into our delicious snacks. In fact, whipping up homemade granola bars and crackers are a staple in our home. Get creative by freezing muffins or “power balls” when Snacking Sustainably.

 

Avoid Single-Use Plastic & Wrappers when possible

Remember those beeswax wraps! Those come in very handy when making homemade snacks.

Learn how to make a snack wrap here:

 

Shop in Bulk!

Not all bulk items are created equal. For instance, Costco offers great discounts for bulk items, but most of it comes in individually wrapped items, but in larger quantities.

However, there are some stores locally that will help you reach your zero waste goals.

Suppose you or your kids love a product, like Veggie Straws, and cannot live without them. It’s okay to go to Costco or Sam’s club and purchase these items. It is better to get the bigger bag and sort them out at home (in smaller, non-plastic containers) than it is to buy individual bags.

Outside of big bulk stores, shop around bulk bin stores for home staples. We’re talking flour, nuts, seeds, chocolates, candies, beans, and rice. It’s a good idea to bring your own jars and, and storage stasher bags. Know the tear weight before filing for easier checkout for Snacking Sustainably.

 

Where can I find these products?

Check out Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen in their new location for products you can pick up in Williamson County.

Screw Plastic makes and sells handmade items to help folks begin the journey towards moving a  little closer to Zero-waste Living. Linda is often found at the Wolf Ranch Farmers Market on Saturdays and she has a website you may order from. Follow her on Facebook for great tips.

 

Here is a list of a few of our favorite sustainable companies online where you can find great products, great ideas, and even great gifts:

 

Earth Hero – Not only products but a few books to provide ideas and more simple tips

Nature Bee Beeswax wrapsIt is all about the best beeswax wraps!

Yes Straws – Love a good smoothie or a frozen drink on the beach? Enjoy your favorite beverage with a Yes Straw.

Samba-Sol – Dress up your party to the picnic with a little Samba in your Sol. Beautiful footwear from beautiful people who know how to really be, well,  Snacking Sustainably!

Bambu – Finish up the Party with eco-friendly dishware from Bambu. Non-plastic and certified organic that you can use every day or just for a picnic.

 

If you’re really ready to snack more responsibly without the waste, there are definitely ways to make it happen. When you are stuck in a rut and finding it difficult, reach out to zero waste groups online. We promise that you are not alone in this journey to contribute to Earth’s better health. We believe any attempt at living ‘greener’ is a step in the right direction. Thank you for reading along!

Thank you for Snacking Sustainably!

Grab Your Best Friend and Come on Down to The Farmers Market!

 

March 21st is a very special day in Williamson County. The opening day of the first-ever Couplands Farmers & Artisan Market begins at 12 pm and runs until 5 pm. 

The Coupland Farmers & Artisan MarketThe creator and founder of the Market is David Harrison a local artist and farmer. David’s goal is to create a once-a-week community activity that promotes a wholesome social gathering place. Set up as A 501c nonprofit, small-scale agriculture and specialty products can be found every Sunday afternoon.  Shoppers will be treated to a variety of handmade items from local artisans. The very freshest produce and meat products raised by farmers from the region, food trucks for lunch, sweets and treats all accompanied by a little live music.

A Texas-style event that is sure to provide a great venue to visit.

The market begins at 12 pm with the National Anthem and live music to follow at 3 pm  

Meet your friends at the market and spend a while sharing family stories, fresh air, cool breezes, warm smiles, and lots of friendly faces.

Stay safe, and give your fellow Texans a smile and a Howdie Neighbor greeting! Share a little love by stopping by your favorite vendor and post a selfie with them!

We thank you for supporting local businesses!

 

Sunday Market: 

Coupland 

The Coupland Farmers and Artisan Market – 12 – 5 pm Hosting Coupland Honey, Klanika Photography, Nava’s Soft Servefood truck, WELSS metal and leather, The Country Larder, Bricks by Marty, Meghan’s Magic, H.I.M Jewelry, Kina Ice, Harrison’s Backyard Eggs and many more. 

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market – follow their Facebook site for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. Update for Wolf Ranch. All kinds of fresh veggies, squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list, and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmers’ market is the best way to start a day.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new stirring up every week. Cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now.10 am – 2 pm every Saturday. The Saturday location is behind Ikea – fresh pies, and wonderful tasty farm-raised beef and chicken for the grill. Find gluten-free specialty bread, elderberry products to support your immune system, handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry.

 

West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm. look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind masks, and south porch custom-made wooden, skincare products for women and men soft, sensuous, and silky from Ellie Cat. It is another beautiful day under the oak trees. Grab the kids and enjoy the morning.  

 

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm cookies fresh baked and ready to eat. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef, and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams, and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore so grab your best buddy, head on over, and enjoy!

 

Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Amber Oaks Ranch, Bucking Goats Farm, Coupland Honey, Farmer Al’s Eggs, Ghost Tree Farm, Kraft’s log Works, and microgreens, Nanny Goat salsa, and Yegua Creek Farm.

Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products. Organic soaps, body care products, and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. Need a unique present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers.

Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come to pick up your veggies at their farm stand Wednesdays 3-6 pm. Place a Pre-order online. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East, and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee, and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies, and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  Coming soon on the last Friday of each month Savory Market adds a new location in the Bryson Neighborhood in Leander.

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market 10 am -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pasta, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations, and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little hometown fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pasture-raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts!
Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

Friday Market

Savory Farmer’s Market – Starting up a new market on the last Friday of every month. If you live in Leander near 183 this is a great stop on your way home. Maybe we can ask Savory Market Man to host a Red Box and Popcorn for Friday night movies! Bryson Backyard Amenity Center: 1960 Pleasant Hill Rd Leander, TX 78641. Come 3:00-7:00pm

Shoppin’ at the Farmers Market- All Local, All Original, All Organic. What could be better for holiday fun and cheer?

#supportlocal #family #texasfarmersmarket

 

Start Your Day at the Farmers Markets

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Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning

Mornings are great for getting out for a walk and sharing some time with friends. Make out your weekend shopping list, grab your handy dandy reusable bags and head on over to the Farmers Market. Supporting your local vendors is a great thing to do, the produce and freshly made items are the best in town. Looking for an original gift, soft creamy lotion, or a new yummy treat for the critters? Market with the Farmers and have a super great morning! Share your favorite vendor in a group selfie and help spread the local love!

Our directory link to the markets will provide a google map to get you to the market right from your smartphone.

Please remember the 6 feet rule and bring your designer mask. If you have a favorite vendor, post a selfie with them and share the love. We thank you for supporting local businesses!

Stay safe, and give your fellow Texans a smile and a Howdie Neighbor greeting! Enjoy the Farmers Markets

 

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come pick up your veggies at their farm stand Tuesday 3-6 pm. Pre-orders from their program. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

 

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market  10 am  -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pastas, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm PM. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little home town fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pastured raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts!
Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market follow their Facebook sight for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm.  All kinds of pumpkins n squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmers market is the best way to start a day. A Kinda new vendor, Tough Mother health drink– this stuff will cure what ails you. Different flavors kinda like kombucha but better.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new coming in July. cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now, who hoo! a general store on line – you can pre-order your products and pick up family size, fresh meals from Sapphire catering. Drive up-n-pick up curbside – The Saturday location is behind Ikea – fresh pies, and wonderful tasty farm-raised beef and chicken for the grill. Find gluten-free specialty breads, elderberry products to support your immune system, handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry. 10 am – 2 pm every Saturday.

Kids crafts are on for Farmer George in Round Rock this week, stop by and pick up a kit!

West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm.– look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Colorful and flavor-filled veggies and fruits for your football dips and snacks. Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one of a kind masks and south porch custom made gifts and easy to carry in your purse sanitizer stay that will not dry up your hands from Ellie Cat. It is another freedom filled and beautiful day under the oak trees grab the kids and enjoy the morning.  

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm – All morning Vintage shopping in Liberty Hill. Andreas eats is also rolling in to provide some yummy Mexican food treats!. Top that off with Mason Jar pumpkin style cookies fresh baked and ready to eat. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore head on over and enjoy!

Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Erica’s Healthy Pet Treats and care products is back this weekend. Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products by Coupland Honey Company and Bucking Goat farm, Woodhoek Wild is stopping in with all organic soaps, body care products and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. A present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers. Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

 

Farmers Markets as Movements

sunrise on the farm Wilcowellness

Green America

Producers and consumers offer many reasons for buying and selling at Farmers Markets. The former often speak of increased returns while the latter emphasize the perceived health benefits of fresh, locally grown food. But many farmers Markets also profess a politics of everyday life, a set of practices that proponents believe can bring about social change outside of and despite unsupportive governments. In this way, farmers markets and other green economic venues represent a new strategy for social movements attempting to advance social and environmental goals.

Green is how we describe a world of social justice, healthy

Communities and ecological balance. Green is the color of hope.

-Green America, nonprofit manager of the Green Business Network

 

WE MUST INSIST THAT THE COMING “GREEN WAVE” LIFT ALL BOATS. THOSE LOW-INCOME

COMMUNITIES THAT WERE LOCKED OUT OF THE ECONOMY MUST BE LOCKED INTO THE CLEAN GREEN ECONOMY

-Van Jones, “Forty Years Gone: MLK’s Dream Today Would-Be Colored Green”

“If we place our beliefs in the magic of the Government, I fear we will be left hungry, Then What?” Grist

While doing research for this week’s Farmers Market Post, I came upon this very interesting book. The above exerts were pulled from the introduction and opening chapters. If you are truly interested in the Geographies of Justice and social transformation, I would recommend giving it a read.

Black, White, and Green. Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy by; Alison Hope Alkon

 

 

 

Looking for a Farmers Market near you?

We have you covered. Just keep reading we are sure you will find what you are looking for.

Be a true good neighbor and remember your mask, limit hugs to people you know, bring your favorite friend either 2-legged or 4-legged and post a selfie with your favorite vendor and share the love.

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market follow their Facebook sight for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. All kinds of pumpkins n squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmers market is the best way to start a day. We recommend  for your morning brew, Tough Mother health drink– this stuff will cure what ails you. Different flavors kinda like kombucha but better.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new stirring up every week. Cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now, who hoo! a general store on line – you can pre-order your products and pick-up family size, fresh meals from Sapphire catering. Drive up-n-pick up curbside – The Saturday location is behind Ikea – fresh pies, and wonderful tasty farm-raised beef and chicken for the grill. Find gluten-free specialty breads, elderberry products to support your immune system, handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry. 10 am – 2 pm every Saturday.

West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm.– look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Colorful and flavor-filled veggies and fruits for your football dips and snacks. Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind masks and south porch custom made gifts and easy to carry in your purse sanitizer stay that will not dry up your hands from Ellie Cat. It is another freedom filled and beautiful day under the oak trees grab the kids and enjoy the morning.  They also offer live music and entertainment in the evenings Thursday – Sunday. Stop by and join the fun in Leander at the shiny, smooth village and farmers market.

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm – All morning Vintage style shopping in Liberty Hill. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore head on over and enjoy!

Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Erica’s Healthy Pet Treats and care products is back this weekend. Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products by Coupland Honey Company and Bucking Goat farm, Woodhoek Wild is stopping in with all organic soaps, body care products and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. A present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers. Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come pick up your veggies at their farm stand Wednesdays 3-6 pm. Place a Pre-order on line. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market 10 am -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pastas, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little home town fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pastured raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts!
Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

 

Shoppin’ at the Farmers Market- All Local, All Original, All Organic.

 

Farmers Markets During the Week

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Weekends can get so busy, stop by and support your favorite vendor at the Farmers Market during the week. Homegrown, handmade, grass-fed and family farm-raised. Only the best from their families to yours. Bring a friend, share a selfie, and support local!

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come pick up your veggies at their farm stand Tuesday 3-6 pm. Pre-orders from their program. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Congratulations are in order for Becky and Pete – The Fall CSA program is available to sign up for. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-12 pm. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Pflugerville Farmers Market – Now open at the beautiful Green – Red Barn. Visit the many vendors on Tuesday evenings and collect all your heart desires and your fridge is calling for. Produce and free-range meats, jams and pickles. Specialty breads, candles and herbs, plants to start your own garden, honey and more. Tuesday evening’s 3-7 pm is the night to explore.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. This lil’ market started up in June and just gets better every week. A few of the items you can find are: Handcrafted clay flowers (never water and they never grow old) – Amazingly refreshing Ice cream- loose leaf teas – 14 K gold jewelry – Andreas’s food truck (taco’s n more) – Citronella Fairy Fire Candles – Veggies – melons – farm fresh eggs – farm fresh chicken – baked goodies – and treats for the puppy they will howl for. vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East and her beautiful handmade pottery. The perfect evening market. Stop by for your goodies on the way home.

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market  10 am  -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ One of Central Texas’ oldest markets- established in 1984. Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Fresh baked artisan bread, locally grown vegetables and fruit, organic self-care items, yummy canned goods and sauces, gluten-free pastas and more. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Starting the Zero Waste Journey

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Zero Waste Living One Person at a Time

When I first heard the phrase Zero Waste Living and started to research what that was, I was overjoyed. I had been doing some of these things already. And with a community of people out there willing to share their experiences and knowledge. Anything you do, no matter how small, will have a positive effect. You don’t have to be perfect, only mindful. And that will lead you towards a healthier life. Mind, body, spirit, and the community in which you live. One person does make a difference.

Think About Your Purchases

Ask yourself, do I need this? Is it something that I can borrow or buy second-hand? Is it something I already have and only needs to be repaired? Do I have something at home that can be reused or repurposed? When you start to ask yourself these questions, you are limiting your amount of waste and saving some money in the process.

Say No to Single-Use Plastics

Plastics can contain bioactive chemicals, like bisphenol A (BPA) and phosphates. Which can mess with our hormones. Not to mention piling up in our landfills and waterways. Straws, plastic bottles, food containers, shopping bags, cutlery. If you need to have a straw, there are bamboo or metal reusable ones that you can keep in your car. Purchase a water bottle. They even have them with filters.  Instead of using plastic food containers, save your glass bottles from other foods for storage. Invest in beeswax wraps to cover a bowl, wrap a sandwich. Keep tote bags in your car for shopping. Wrap a set of silverware in a cloth napkin or small cloth bag and keep it in your car and or at work. We found a great little local store in Liberty Hill, The Wildflower Republic that has all these wonderful products in stock.

Shop Bulk Foods

In doing so, you eliminate spending your money on plastic-wrapped dry foods. Bring your own cloth bags and store your bulk foods in glass containers at home. Many shops have bulk foods for sale. HEB, Sprouts, and Whole Foods to name a few. Sanctuary Holistic Kitchen in Georgetown has a bulk herb and apothecary section as well as a craft bar and DIY events.

Shop Local Farmers Markets

Your food will be fresh and free of plastic wrapping. Many vendors that sell eggs will also take or exchange egg cartons and some except glass jars for candle making.  Your Farmers Market is rich in healthy foods and knowledge. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Get Creative and Have Some Fun

If you have some old t-shirts, turn them into tote bags or mini linen packs that work as a utensil holder and napkin. Tin cans can become lanterns. Glass jars, with a little paint and a small drawer pull can become a decorative container. The possibilities are endless and it’s a great way to get the family involved and have some fun together. Check out our little video by Fairyland Cottage.com on how to start up with sustainability and saving money one creative step at a time.

Remember, it’s not about perfection. Each small thing that we do makes a difference.