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South Texas Tequila

El Grado Tequilas brought home several honors at two recent competitions.

El Grado’s Blanco, Reposado and Añejo last month received the gold medal at the 7th annual Spirits of Mexico tasting competition in San Diego, Calif. El Grado Blanco received the gold medal at the 2009 Beverage Testing Institute’s International Review of Spirits.

El Grado Tequila’s three grades are Tequila Blanco (clear in color with hints of fruit and black pepper), Tequila Reposado ( light amber in color with lingering vanilla sweetness and spicy notes) and Tequila Añejo (amber-gold in color with amooth, complex maple flavor and hints of fruit and spice)

Here’s a great article from the Corpus Christi Caller Times about this tasty tequila.


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Noah Thompson who runs Victoria Farmers Market


When: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Where: 2805 N. Navarro St., in front of the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center

For more information about the Victoria Farmer’s Market or to sell produce at the local market, call market manager Noah Thompson at 361-277-2268.

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Lynn and James Warren, Rockport-Fulton FM
Lynn and James Warren, Rockport-Fulton Farmer’s Market

Had a nice visit with Lynn and James Warren  (they run a farm in Ingleside, TX) this past weekend at the Rockport-Fulton Farmers Market. Times are incredibly tough for local farmers. After the veg pix,  check out this article from the Victoria Advocate that highlights some of the difficulties they are facing.

Tomatoes from the Warren Farm

Tomatoes from the Warren Farm





Beans and Okra from the Warren Farm

Beans and Okra from the Warren Farm







Victoria Farmers Market closes Saturday
Drought makes growing produce too hard for locals

Lynn Warren sliced cantaloupe and held a wedge for her customers to see. “You’re going to want to wait a day or two before you cut yours,” she advised. “Don’t put it in the refrigerator.”

Warren and her husband, James Warren, trek from Ingleside to Victoria to sell produce at the Victoria Farmers Market. After Saturday, though, they might not return for a while.

Saturday is the final day for this season’s Victoria Farmers Market.

Considering this season’s heat and drought, producers had less produce to sell, said Noah Thompson, the market’s manager.

“Stuff just won’t grow,” he said. “It’s dying on the vine. This drought is worse than a lot of people think it is.”

The farmers market opened in early May on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Warren family’s crops are only at 50 to 60 percent, James Warren said. The only reason they have any crops at all is because they’re using city water to keep their tomatoes alive, he said. His water bill is $600.

“Anyone in agriculture now is suffering from no rain,” said James Warren, who sells in Victoria and Fulton to support his farm operations.

Thursday was Victoria resident Christi Cuellar’s first time to visit the farmers market. She said she wanted to know what was available.

“I’m wondering what else to get,” she said, glancing from vendor to vendor.

Ronnie Jacob grows some produce himself, but also purchases fruits and vegetables to sell in Victoria and other farmers markets.

The Victoria closing might be a small setback, but Jacob said he plans to sell elsewhere.

“The heat’s not hurting me,” said the Yoakum native, who sold tomatoes, lemons and plums, among other things, Thursday. “It’s hurting a lot of the others, though.”

The drought hasn’t hurt Rebecca Graber’s business much either.

Graber, another Yoakum resident, sells homemade jams, cookies and cakes for the Victoria Farmers Market. She also sells to area grocery stores and at craft shows.

The lack of rain hurt this year’s dewberry crops, she said, but other than that, business wasn’t affected. She uses the Victoria market to earn extra income.

Having a permanent covered area would help keep the market going, Thompson said, explaining people would be more likely to shop if they knew they could find shade. Now, vendors bring their own awnings.

Thompson said he hopes to bring an additional market to town this fall, but said he wouldn’t know for sure until September.

Victoria Farmers Market
2805 North Navarro
Victoria, Texas 77904
(361) 575-1379
Wednesday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-sellout
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Fossatis in Victoria, TX

Fossati's in Victoria, TX

From Wikipedia:

Fossati’s Delicatessen is the oldest deli in Texas, and one of the oldest restaurants in the United States. Located in Victoria, Texas, Fossati’s was opened in 1882 by Italian immigrant Fraschio (“Frank”) Napoleon Fossati. He had the current building constructed in 1895 and moved the deli from a nearby downtown location (actually, Fossati’s had changed locations several times, and had, at one time or another, been on every corner of the square in downtown Victoria). Fossati’s was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 20, 1991.

One of the oldest remaining commercial structures in Victoria, Fossati’s features double front doors with multi-light transoms. Over the years, Fossati’s has handled imported foods, groceries, and feed and has served as an important gathering place for Victoria’s citizens. In addition, many famous musicians have played at the deli, including country music legend Willie Nelson.

In the back room of the deli, known as the Frank Napoleon room, there is a giant bookcase filled with hundreds of cookbooks, many of which have been out of print for 50+ years. Also inside, there is a trench-like area just above the floor surrounding the bar. This is where men used to spit tobacco. Outside of the building there are still metal rings where men used to tie up their horses and come in for a drink. After 125 years, Fossati’s is still owned and operated by the same family.

And here’s another in depth article from “Images of Victoria” (a local mag).

If You Go

Check the time before heading out the door – the deli is open for lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Fossati’s Delicatessen
302 S. Main St.
Victoria, TX 77901
(361) 576-3354

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