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Food Desert

Image from the Springfield Institute

Image from the Springfield Institute

I am starting to realize that South Texas is somewhat of a food desert with limited access to fresh vegetables and local meat–sold commercially that is. Now if you have a ranch and/or a boat (which means time and $$), you can get wonderful game and fish. Vegetables and fruit are still a problem, but things are improving with the growth of farmers markets (Rockport-Fulton, Beeville, Victoria..). But sheesh. When you look at the foodie resources of San Antonio and the Hill Country upwards, it leaves one salivating and parched for good local non-fast food bites. Must keep searching…

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Where is South Texas?
South Texas is a region of the U.S. state of Texas that lies roughly south of, or beginning at, San Antonio. The southern and western boundary is the Rio
South Texas is depicted in Red and the northernmost counties in a lighter shade of red.

South Texas is depicted in Red and the northernmost counties in a lighter shade of red.

Grande River, and to the east it is the Gulf of Mexico. The population of this region is about 3.7 million. The southern portion of this region is often referred to as the Rio Grande Valley. The eastern portion along the Gulf of Mexico is also referred to as the Coastal Bend.

Boundaries
There is no defined northern boundary, although it is believed to be at the city of San Antonio and from an east to west line extending from the Rio Grande near Maverick County to the Gulf of Mexico, but turning southeast at or near Lavaca County, and continuing towards the Gulf of Mexico to separate it from East Texas and Southeast Texas. The Rio Grande serves as the western and southern boundaries and separates Texas from Mexico. The eastern portion of South Texas is bordered by the Gulf of Mexico.

Multicultural influences
South Texas is well-known for a strong Hispanic, primarily Mexican American and Tejano (the Spanish term for Texan) influence, due to its proximity to Mexico. However, a large percentage of Tejanos [Tejas was a province of Spain] and Mexicans living in South Texas are descended from the Spanish/Sephardic Jewish-Converso settlers of New Mexico [Onate

Cities of South Texas

Cities of South Texas

Expedition, 1598]. These families have resided in North America for hundreds of years. This migration occurred and has been ongoing since the late 1500s in New Mexico and the early 1700s in South Texas. The long-disputed U.S. annexation of South Texas and the land grabbing of the Spanish Land Grants is a sore point among those descended from the Spanish colonial settlers. After the Mexican American War, Mexicans/Tejanos were persona non grata in Texas and at times were killed or driven from their ancestral lands. (Library of Congress, Microfiche 7906177, also google a related article “Our Secret Heritage”). The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in the 1840s, failed to secure land belonging to the Hispanic settlers. The disputed area is between the Nueces River south of San Antonio and Corpus Christi, and the King Ranch and the Rio Grande River. Not recognized by Mexico nor the United States, The Republic of the Rio Grande was established in 1838. It’s capital was Laredo, Texas until 1847.

No need to rewrite history. Again, thanks to wikipedia for the information.

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Rockport, Texas

Rockport is a city in Aransas County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,385 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Aransas County[3]. The town is named for the rock ledge underlying its shore.   It is located south of the Live Oak Peninsula, which stretches out into Copano Bay.

Rockport Texas is a coastal community of approximately 8000 citizens. Large windswept live oaks are a dominating feature of the area and the state’s oldest live oak, “Big Tree,” resides on nearby Lamar Peninsula. The towns of Rockport and Fulton intermingle and many refer to the combined communities as “Rockport-Fulton.” The community has a Maritime Museum, The Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, art galleries and shops.

Birders will find more opportunities to add to their life lists here than almost anywhere else in North America. Local operators offer wintertime tours of nesting whooping cranes in the large Aransas National Wildlife Refuge located nearby. Local birders and organizations such as the Aransas Bird and Nature Club have helped preserve unique bird watching reserves such as the Connie Hagar sanctuary and Aransas Woods that are easily accessible. Located along the migration route of several species of hummingbirds, the city hosts an annual “Hummer and Birding Expo” which includes tours of local residences where hundreds of ruby throated hummingbirds can be viewed at feeders.

The city’s beachfront park has won awards for “The Nation’s Cleanest Beach”. The city hosts several fairs and expositions each year including the Fiesta De La Playa, Seafair and a Wine Festival.

From wikipedia

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Pass the salt, please.

Karey lives in Rockport, Texas. This is her attempt to discover South Texas Foods.

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