Every week, we look forward to visiting our friends at Boggy Creek Farm, one of Austin's great local farms. The owners are amazing, their fresh produce is delicious and nutritious, and we know we are supporting an organization that is making a difference.
With the beautiful springtime weather, it is a real treat to walk the farm, see the crops, smell the flowers, and say hello to the chickens and their dog, Buddy. And, of course, we love seeing Carol Ann and the Boggy Creek team and select items that have been freshly picked!
*some photos by Buff Strickland for Preservation Magazine
With correspondence that an amateur genealogist discovered between Sam Houston and his wife, the original farm house itself dates to before 1841. Yes, that is Sam Houston: legendary Texas statesman and two-time President of the Republic of Texas. This letter, if authentic, makes the Boggy Creek Farm house the oldest surviving house in Austin. Bet you didn't know that!
Having originally been the homestead of the Smith family, the property has changed hands a number of times. However, it has always been a working farm to one degree or another, supporting the lives and livelihoods of countless citizens. When the current owners purchased the land in 1992, they dove deep into the history of the farm and to this day consider themselves "stewards" of the unique and historic place.
If the sheer age of the property doesn't impress you enough, treat yourself to a visit and see how Austin's original urban farm operates. You will not be disappointed.
The property's low-lying location has made for excellent soil; some of the best in town. And the farm makes the best of that by growing a wonderful assortment of veggies. In addition to what you might consider staples of a real farm, such as carrots, beets, and Swiss chard, they also regularly grow special surprises like fava beans, escarole, and even beautiful flowers!
With over 85 chickens on the property, the farm offers fresh eggs to their patrons. And their extensive partnerships with specialty farms in the area, they also offer grass-fed meats, goat's milk, and honey. And so much more! Their seasonal offerings vary widely, so it's best to come see for yourself.
Check Boggy Creek's website for their weekly market schedule: https://www.boggycreekfarm.com
Having been in Austin for years, we consider everyone at the farm a friend and we treasure our trips to see them every week. We're proud to eat locally-grown produce and support a wonderful local business. We encourage you to do what you can to support your local farms wherever you live!