It’s been a wet week with quite a bit more rain in the forecast. But one thing rain is great for, aside from restoring water levels in our reservoirs and aquifers, is swimming holes! In all likelihood, the beloved swimming holes along Barton Creek will run dry come mid-summer, so now is a great time to get out there and do some river exploring while the water is a-flowing! Take some snacks that we’ve got on special this week and do some adventuring. Don’t let the forecast keep you inside.
This week we’re all about keeping you stocked on the go. Take some goods on the trail, for a bike ride across town, or just throw some snacks in your bag for whenever. And if you haven’t yet tried the new locally-crafted Erva Mate, now’s the time!
Serves about 12 (Enough for you, your friends, and left overs).
2 c. Rainbow quinoa
2 1/2 c. water
2 lbs of beets, boiled whole and diced (you can also use other root vegetables such as turnips, squash, sweet potatoes, or butternut squash depending on what’s in season)
1 c. of dried cranberries
1/2 c. – 3/4 c. of toasted pumpkin seeds
1/2 c. olive oil
1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
1-2 Tbs agave nectar
2 Tbs Texas Triple Threat mustard
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1. Add water and quinoa, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until water is fully evaporated.
2. Boil your beets whole until fully cooked (should be able to insert a fork through the flesh).
3. Roast your pumpkin seeds in the oven at 375 for about 4 minutes.
4. Add your choice of additional cooked or raw root veggies and add to the quinoa with cranberries and toasted pumpkin seeds.
5. For the dressing, combine olive oil, balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, mustard, 4 cloves of garlic minced, and salt/pepper. Toss the dressing over the quinoa and serve. Chill in the fridge to enjoy for later.
Geeks Who Drink Trivia
Thursday, May 14th at 7pm
Been meaning to make it out for Thursday night Trivia? Grab a few friends and come on down this week! The winners (and runners-up) walk away with prizes, and pretty much everyone has a good time. Note that the content is not intended for young children.
Bike To Work Day!
Friday, May 15th at 9-10am & 3-8pm
It’s Austin’s bike to work day and we’ve got you covered both to and from your vocation. Join us on the way to work for a free cup of coffee and then swing back by for an extended happy hour from 3-8pm. What a perfect way to celebrate the day and refuel your body. Cheers!
Zumba With Rhonda
Saturday, May 16th at 10:30am
Zumba returns to our lawn this Saturday morning! Join Rhonda for some “sassy dancing” and fun tunes to work up a sweat and get yourself a good work out. Bring comfortable clothing, athletic shoes, and a towel, and get your weekend off to a good start! The class is free and participants get $1 off kombucha afterward!
Erva Mate Sampling
Saturday, May 16th at 12-2pm
Join Elliott from Erva Mate for some sampling on the porch this Saturday from noon to 2pm. If you haven’t had the chance to try this amazing brew now’s your chance. Local in.gredients, locally made and very delicious. Check out www.geterva.com for more information.
Storytime at in.gredients
Monday, May 18th at 10:30am
Join Sukyi from Fifth Dimension Books – Austin’s Weird, Wandering Bookmobile – along with Octavia the puppet and her friends, as they bring the joy of reading to children (ages 0 to 5). Read, sing, play games, and dance while enjoying the in.gredients lawn and playground. This is a free weekly event.
Send us a message if you’d like to plan an event here – we’re a great spot to host your next happy hour, meeting, or birthday party.
Promotions and News
New Nonprofit Community Partner: Guide Dogs of Texas, Inc.
We’re excited to support and promote the good work of our new community partner, Guide Dogs of Texas, Inc. Remember, every time you bring in your own container to reuse, we donate 5 cents to our partner. Plus, each First Friday we donate a portion of the day’s sales. We make it easy to be good and do good!
Happy Hour(s) $1 off pints/cans of beer and glasses of wine
$2 off pitchers, bombers, and bottles of wine Mon-Fri 4-7pm
Wine of the Week: HaaK Blanc du Bois
Haak Vineyards and Winery out of Santa Fe, TX uses 100% Texas grapes for this delicate, dry white. Light and elegant with a clean and crisp finish, it has shades of white linden blossom, peach, pear, and lemongrass. Pairs well with fish, poultry, cheese, and creamy pasta dishes. Grab a whole bottle (on sale all week!) or enjoy a glass up front and see what you think.
Coffee of the Month: Equal Exchange Rabble Rouser
In honor of World Fair Trade day on May 9th, May’s Coffee of the Month is from our Fair Trade pioneering friends at Equal Exchange. Since the mid-1980s, their worker-owned cooperative has been championing small producers and helping build a better, more just economy. The “Rabble Rouser” is a feisty blend with dark brown spices and malt flavors rounded out by a heavy mouthfeel and alight, zesty aftertaste. Make May a month for shaking things up and start your mornings with the Rabble Rouser. On special all of May!
We want to change the way you start your week. Through the summer months, get savings on the delicious Wunder-Pilz Kombucha every Monday. Stop in for $1 off a glass of fermented tea and feel good about all the “wunderful” things it does for your body and taste buds alike. Hey, you might even start looking forward to Mondays!
This Week’s Produce
All non-local items are Certified Organic.
Local items come from farms with a commitment to sustainable practices.
Fruitful Hill Farm – Sustainable Family Farming
Monthly profiles of some of our favorite vendors
This is one of our favorite times of year. Not necessarily because strawberries are coming in plump and sweet, or because fresh figs are just around the corner (though we’re excited about all that, too) but because Texas garlic is finally in season again! If you’ve never tasted garlic grown in our Texas soils then you’re in for a treat. The robust flavor and pungent kick are unmatched by the garlic you find in most grocery stores. Currently we’ve got a few fresh and cured varieties, including a cured garlic from the lovely family of folks growing sustainably-grown produce out in Bastrop, Fruitful Hill Farm. We first encountered them at the Barton Creek Farmers Market a few years ago, and we’re impressed by the maturity and knowledge of one of their young sons who was helping run the market. Come by this week and try their in.season garlic and get to cooking!
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