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Archive for February, 2010

Matagorda Bay, TX, oyster house of P.E. Bell, 1905.

The Fulton Volunteer Fire Department presents the 31st Annual Oysterfest, a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in our local waters. Oysterfest officials have been working with seafood sources along the Texas Gulf Coast to locate the freshest oysters and other seafood for the event. Oysterfest proceeds are the major source of funding for life-saving and fire fighting equipment in the community and funds raised this year will be used to pay for a new Tanker Truck.

The 2010 festival is scheduled for Thursday, March 4th – Sunday, March 7th, and features carnival rides, games, food, an oyster eating contest, and live music. With over 35,000 visitors in 2009, even more are expected for this year’s Fulton Oysterfest festival.

Thursday  $1 Gate Admission.  Fri-Sat-Sun – $3 Per Person (12 yrs and up).  Carnival Open Thurs, Fri & Sat   ’til ?  Sunday closes at 6:00 p.m. Free Bus pickup to festival grounds and trolleys will run the streets of Fulton.

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1015Y Texas Super Sweet Onions

Dixondale Farms in Carrizo Springs is the U.S. largest and oldest producer of onion plants since 1913. They have a fantastic “how to” section on their website with info for which onions do best in South Texas.

Seasonal fresh produce can be purchased by mail order or walk-in. Visitors can tour the farm or packinghouse. Tour groups by appointment only. Open. Dec.–Jul., Mon.–Fri. 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sept.–Nov., Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–4 p.m.; closed Aug. Call    830/876-2430 or 830/876-2430 for catalog. www.dixondalefarms.com.

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Les Dames d’Escoffier – San Antonio Chapter is proud to announce the Second Annual International Olive Festival of Texas 2010 on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

The festival will be held at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard located at 25195 Mathis Rd., off of I 37, near Elmendorf, Texas 78112.  (For directions, click here).

Everyone is invited to enjoy numerous vendors, gourmet food and Texas wine concessions, cooking demonstrations, health and nutrition seminars, entertainment and an olive buffet featuring olives from around the world to sample and compare.

Admission $10 at the Gate. Advance Tickets Also Available at San Antonio Area H-E-B Stores

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Growing in Sand

The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center has designed a seminar for Island, Flour Bluff, Rockport and other near-Gulf homeowners.  ‘Overcoming Challenges of Growing in Sand’ is scheduled for 10 am to noon, Saturday, February 27, in the Visitors Center, 8545 S. Staples St.

Retired university horticulture professor Dr. John Fucik shares secrets for successful landscapes in spite of porous sandy soil, constant salt spray and wind.  Learn plant selection, soil amendments and watering techniques sure to lighten your labor and heighten landscape aesthetics. 

Seminar fee is $7, $3.50 members, including general admission.  For reservations, call  361.852.2100

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Texas Wines + Flowers

This is a fun little distraction. Go to the Go Texan Wine website where they have paired local flowers that match the wines. One of my favorite Texas viogniers is from Becker Vineyards, the description seems pretty spot-on, but then again I am a sucker for astrology readings, too.

When the Sunflower opens, it’s not just beautiful — it shines. It’s the same way with a bottle of fine Viognier. Light emanates from the glass and, like the face of that sunny bloom, there is a friendliness in the crisp, lingering flavor. And if you think Sunflowers brighten a meadow, wait until you see what a Viognier can do for your dinner table.

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Oats + Calving Season

From AgriLife News:

COASTAL BEND: Warmer temperatures and some sunshine encouraged growth of cool-season grasses. Wheat, oats and winter rye were doing well. However, a cold front at the end of the reporting period brought rain, further delaying row-crop planting. Farmers began to aerially apply weed herbicides. Volunteer clover and vetch were also doing well. The condition of some cattle was dropping due to low-quality hay and lack of supplemental feed, while others were doing well. Vineyard managers were pruning vines.

SOUTH: Warm temperatures and lots of sunshine were followed by cool temperatures and spotty showers. Most of the region still had adequate soil moisture except for western parts where soil moisture conditions were 100 percent short. Potato planting continued in the northern part of the region throughout the week. In the eastern part of the region, early planted wheat and oats were in fair to good condition. Some sunflower and corn producers were planning to start planting soon. Dryland wheat and oat fields benefited from the light showers, but needed more rain. Growers resumed cabbage harvesting as soon as fields dried out enough. Spinach, carrots and onions were doing well following irrigation. Because of the cold and wet weather, beef producers were supplying large amounts of supplemental feed. Also, cattle’s nutritional demands were high as it was the calving season. Rangeland and pastures were in good to fair condition.

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It took 42 years.

Ketchup isn’t exactly a South Texas food, but we do eat a lot of the condiment and this news item is too juicy to pass up. The smarty pants at Heinz have listened and are making the packets larger and more user friendly. You get 3x times as many packets in one of these babies.

Dave Ciesinski, Vice President of Heinz Ketchup:

A true packaging breakthrough, the Heinz Dip & Squeeze dual-function package gives ketchup lovers two ways to enjoy Heinz Ketchup: either peel back the lid for easy dipping, or tear off the tip to squeeze onto favorite foods. The new package holds three times as much Heinz Ketchup as the traditional packet.

That means more ketchup when it’s wanted and where it’s wanted with less mess and a better overall dining experience. Now, busy Americans have a portable, clean and versatile package that makes it easier and more fun to dip or squeeze Heinz Ketchup no matter where they are.

Fantastic.

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