Austin Spotlight: Springdale Farm

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Well, I have been off the map for a while this summer!  We recently were invited to spend a month (yes, a MONTH) with my in-laws in Florida.  Yes, we are all still alive and no one was harmed.  In fact, we all had a great time!  Soon I’ll get around to posting about some of our adventures – hopefully before school starts, but lets get real, probably not.

ANYWHOOOOO…

In June, my mom came to visit for a weekend to attend the BlogHer Food Conference here in Austin.  She LOVED it!  To read about her many findings and adventures, visit her at Inside NanaBread’s Head here!!  Well, one of the really amaze-balls things she got to attend was a dinner held at Springdale Farm (which you can also read about)!  Afterwards, she came to visit again and decided the kids and I could NOT miss out on this East Austin gem.  Man, am I glad she did, because this place is GREAT and I’m HOOKED!!

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Springdale Farms was created in 2009 by Glenn and Paula Foore on just under 5 acres in East Austin.  They grow over 75 varieties of vegetables year-round to sell in their super-cute farm stand (Open Wednesday and Saturday 9-1) and supply local restaurants!  A current list of what’s growing now as well as restaurants served by the farm can be found on their website.  The farm can also be booked for weddings, dinners, and private parties!

We parked on the street in front of the farm and had to pose for a photo by the entrance sign!  Jonah actually was happy to be there although you’d never know it from the picture…  ; )

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The indoor farm-stand stands at the front in a tiny, beautiful white house.  The opening to the farm is just beyond with a white trellis.  The view as soon as you enter is amazing!

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See what I mean?! So pretty!!

LillyBug loved the chicken coop and yard!

LillyBug loved the chicken coop and yard!

Fashion Show!!  Look at all those hot chicks!!  No seriously, it was hot!

Fashion Show!! Look at all those hot chicks!! No seriously, it was hot!

The herb garden is beautiful and fun to walk circles around!

The flower and herb garden is beautiful and fun to walk circles around!

Seasonal greens, yum!

Seasonal greens, yum!

One of my favorite features: the farmhouse!!  So beautiful and the landscaping around it is so peaceful and gorgeous.  Maybe they need a roommate?!?!

One of my favorite features: the farmhouse!! So beautiful and the landscaping around it is so peaceful and gorgeous. Maybe they need a roommate?!?!

Lilly's photo of one of the gigantic sunflowers in the back gardens.  I was admiring tomatoes, she was in the flowers!

Lilly’s photo of one of the gigantic sunflowers in the back gardens. I was admiring tomatoes, she was in the flowers!

Several varieties of corn growing out back.  Including popcorn!!

Several varieties of corn growing out back. Including popcorn!!

The farmhouse from the back road.  I know, I'm obsessed! There were more photos - I'm restraining myself!

The farmhouse from the back road. I know, I’m obsessed! There were more photos – I’m restraining myself!

The coolest little succulent I've ever seen!!  Anyone know what it is?  I want some!

The coolest little succulent I’ve ever seen!! Anyone know what it is? I want some!

One more photo of the kids before they lost it from the heat!!

One more photo of the kids before they lost it from the heat!!

After this, we hit the farm stand to load up on goodies for salads and some Happy Water!  The veggies were delicious, especially when I made a cherry and heirloom tomato, cucumber and avocado salad with red wine garlic vinaigrette!!  Best lunch of the summer!!

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I can’t wait to go back to see what they have now!  And sometime when we have a date night, we’re heading back to visit Eden East, a reservations only food trailer on the property that serves a weekly-changing, fresh, local menu on Fridays & Saturdays under a huge tree and white lights.  They also have brunch if you are interested! Check this place out, folks!  Unless you hate fresh, local, delicious food… then stay under your rock with your CheeseWhiz!

-T

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Austin Spotlight: Cathedral of Junk

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It’s amazing to live in a city for 12 years and still find out about things here that I never knew existed.  The Cathedral of Junk, I’m sad to say, was one of them until about a month ago.  Boy was I missing out!!  Leave it to my dad to find out about this place before me – that man finds out about everything!!

Anywho! One bright Saturday morning while my parents were visiting, my dad got us all loaded up and said he had a surprise.  We headed off toward South Austin, all the time trying to guess where we were going.  Is it a park? No.  Is there water? No.  Have I been there? Probably not.  Finally, we pulled into a little South Austin neighborhood.  Ok, you got me.  No idea.

Located at:

4422 Lareina Dr
Austin, TX 78798

The Cathedral of Junk is nothing short of a growing, ever-changing work of art!  Created and maintained by Vince Hannemann as a hobby, it has turned into a full-fledged clubhouse and attraction for tourist and Austinites alike.  This place is like a real-life Where’s Waldo adventure!  Vince greeted us at the gate and even took the time to tell us about his current projects on the cathedral.  Jonah and Lilly loved getting to talk to him about his ideas and the fort!

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Everywhere we looked we found things to talk about – objects from the past, funny notes people had left, and hidden treasures….literally EVERYWHERE!!

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The kids, my parents, and I had a BLAST!! The kids have already been asking to go back and see what else we can find!

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No trip is complete without a photo in the big chair!!

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Jonah was so inspired by the trash-to-treasure ideas in Vince’s backyard that he came home with all kinds of ideas for his own sculptures and creations!

If you are in the area, I highly suggest you go by to visit Vince and his Cathedral!  Also, be sure to bring a few dollars to donate to the ever growing costs to maintain the permits and overall structure!  Keep Austin Weird, y’all – we like it that way!!

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For more information about Vince and the Cathedral, visit Roadside America’s article or search for images, some of the photos people have had done there are amazing!  In fact, a friend of mine had some of her daughter’s senior portraits done there and they were beautiful!

Peace out, peeps!  As always, thanks for visiting!! – T