I’ve just returned from a relaxing evening with my Slow Food friends at Green Gate Farm, which is off of Decker Lane East of Austin. The farm, is the on the old Bergstrom homestead. Undeterred by my janky camera situation, I took pictures! Then I dragged my real photographer friend, Marshall, around, showing him what I thought would make a good shot, and he let me without a hint of annoyance at my wannabe photographer eagerness.
I love barns. I fell in love with this barn, which reminded me of my grandfather’s barn:
The fact that there was wine being served outside the barn made it all the better! I went in to poke around and found lots of marvels. I climbed the creaky stairs to the second story, to find barnloads of garlic drying.
I so wanted to sit in the window, and hang my feet down and watch the happenings all around the farm, but it didn’t seem appropriate, so I didn’t.
Next I went to visit the hog pen. Oh my.
One was just laying in the feed trough, eating then falling asleep.
This little goat was everywhere, and kept getting in trouble and having to be carried off. Her name was Callie, and it was obvious to me that she liked the attention of getting carried off, so she kept getting into trouble on purpose.
Then there was this goat beast, who answered to no one:
There were fields of tomatoes, planted next to a row of sunflowers:
Rows and rows of other crops:
I fell in love with this tractor, wanted to sit on it, but again, restrained myself from acting like a child on a farm for the first time.
All in all, it was a pleasant, albeit hot evening, at Green Gate Farm with Slow Food Austin. (www.slowfoodaustin.org) There was wine, cocktails, and good local farm food for all to share in a wonderful setting. And for this wannabe farm girl, there was a barn, a tractor, chickens, goats, hogs, and lots of reasons to keep on dreaming.