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TPWD measuring oysters - Rockport, TX

Down here in Rockport-Fulton, Oysterfest is upon us again, and this year may be the best yet. Check out this well-composed Houston Chronicle article by Greg Morago for details on the history of the Texas oyster and the support needed to keep the delicacy on our plates in the future.

Hurry up and get your Pepper Groves and Dollar Points while you can!

(Or how about a Matagoyster? hmmm…)

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Wild Ed's Mustang Grapes

Came across this wonderful blog by Wild Ed which has useful hunting info and unique recipes. His formula for mustang grape jelly/jam/preserves seems a winner, as I prefer my preserves a bit tart.  For hardcore mustangensis fans, you can also make wine from the drought tolerant grape resulting in a nice dry red. You can also save the ripe skins of the grapes and dry them for the winter. On a cold and stormy night, simply pour boiling water over the dried grape skins, add some sugar or agave nectar and ta da! A delicious hot grape drink.

I bet a little Tito‘s in there would go nicely.

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Amaranth Plant

Research what the native (South Texas) Indians ate way back when and amaranth keeps popping up. Wow what a weed. The leaves from the hardy (hardy may be an understatement, it will grow just about anywhere, under conditions that would kill any other food plant) Amaranth plant are not only an excellent source of calcium, iron and folic acid, but the seeds contain an important suite of amino acids, the building blocks for the synthesis of protein. The amino acid lysine is much more abundant in both amaranths and chenopods (any plant of the goosefoot family, which includes spinach, beets, and pigweed) than it is in the cereals (wheat, oats, and maize). About 3.5 oz of amaranth seeds provide 15% of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, 76% of the iron, and over 25% of the folic acid recommended in diets today. The amount of fiber in amaranth grain is three times higher than wheat . In a nutshell, Amaranth has all the proteins and amino acids the human body requires for maintenance.

Did I also mention it is gluten free?

If you are a farmer, Amaranth puts nitrogen back into the soil naturally, eliminating the need for artificial nitrates which run off and pollute the water ways. A field can be kept in good shape by rotating amaranth with corn without adding any artificial fertilizer.

Amaranth Grains

How to cook it? Holly Hirshberg’s very useful blog, The Dinner Garden,  has a simple recipe for the leaves. Just a flash in the pan will do. For the grains try this recipe. This is a close up of the finished dish – the amaranth grains look almost caviar.

I need to buy some today. If you are after the species name for edible form, it is Amaranthus cruentus. It is also called Huautli or Alegria in Mexico.

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Birthday Party at Four String Farm

We recently had the pleasure of throwing a birthday party with great friends at the Four String Farm in Rockport, Texas. This gorgeous creation is run by Justin Butts and sells pastured pork, poultry, and eggs as well as fresh herbs and vegetables throughout the year. No hormones, steroids or antibiotics are ever given to the animals and no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used on their plants. Turkeys are available by pre-order for Thanksgiving (yay!).

Beginning in Fall 2010, Four String Farm will host a series of eco-tours and special events on the farm.  In addition to the commercial farming operation, they carefully maintain a protected ecosystem on the farm that allows native animal and plant species to thrive.  The  eco-tours will feature this vast array of plant and animal wildlife.  Birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, and visitors to the Gulf Coast will be able to view the bio-diversity at the farm.  Numerous educational and entertaining events, from cooking demonstrations in the farmhouse to classes on wildlife photography will be available.  Stay tuned!

How to Buy

* Look for Four String Farm at the Rockport/Fulton Farmer’s Market (Fulton Beach Road by Paws & Taws) on the first and third Saturday of month or at Rockport Market Days on the last Saturday of the month (by Rockport Beach and the Texas Maritime Museum).
* Call  361-688-3802 or e-mail justinbutts@clearwire.net.
* You can pick up retail orders from the farm by appointment only.
* Ask about customized volume discount orders.
* Visit www.fourstringfarm.com for more info.

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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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Had some wonderful bread made by local baker Jerry in Rockport, Texas. The whole grain loaf had a nice crunchy exterior and was darned good toasted with butter and drizzle o’ honey.  You can purchase his bread at the Fulton Farmer’s Market or email him directly–he might even ship it to you!

Just Loafin Bread

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South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

South Texas Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, TX

The South Texas Wine & Herb Festival will be held this year at the South Texas Botanical Gardens on Saturday, October 16, from 9am – 5pm.
There will be a variety of seminars and demonstrations under the Rose Pavilion on the half hour by members of the Rockport Rose and Herb Study Group and other wine and herb enthusiasts.   Partnering with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s ‘Go Texan’ program, there will be wine tastings in the afternoon and cooking demos using Texas seafood. Vendors will be on site with potted herbs and other herb or wine-related merchandise.  Home Grown editor Judy Barrett will present her new book, “What Can I do with my Herbs?”.

South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
8545 S. Staples St.
Corpus Christi, TX
Telephone #: 361/852-2100
Web Page: www.stxbot.org

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