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Springdale Farm Pig Roast December 4, 2010

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This evening I attended a Pig Roast at Springdale Farm, which was one of the first events of Edible Austin, Eat Local Week.  I love Springdale Farm, and Glenn and Paula Foore, the owners.  Springdale Farm sits on just under 5 acres on Springdale Lane, near Boggy Creek Farm.  Unlike Boggy Creek Farm, the Foore’s don’t live on the property.  They have a farmstand on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 9-1:00, selling their produce and eggs.  They have beautiful chickens.

Springdale Farm

I showed up a bit early, to get some pictures in the last of the daylight.  I wanted to see the pig roasting in action.  There were two pigs, the one roasted on an open flame, and a larger one that had been quartered and placed into two La Caja China boxes, like the one we used at my house a couple of months ago.

Pig roasting in cinder block pit

Off the spit

I didn’t take pictures of their largest growing area, but I love this wine bottle raised garden.

Wine Bottle Raised Garden

I’m also a huge fan of their growing tables, mostly filled with lettuces.  These would have come in handy when I was having back problems.

These growing tables are genius

Before the pig was ready, guests were provided fresh garden produce for sampling.

Garden snacks

When the first pig was brought to the serving tables, it was still in large chunks.  An instructor from the culinary school started shredding it and asked me to help him, so I put on gloves and got to work.

Roasted pig

There were seasonal sides prepared by Elizabeth Winslow of Farmhouse Delivery.  Broccoli, sweet potatoes, salad and a sautéed mushroom dish.

Sides

Gorgeous salad

There were desserts from Pie Fixes Everything, Whole Foods and Blue Note Bakery.  There was live music, and everyone sat on the lawn, under a sprawling pecan tree adorned with Christmas lights.  It was such a nice evening.  Good people, good food in a great setting for a wonderful cause – Urban Roots.  There will be events for the next week for Eat Local Week, and lots of area restaurants are participating with special, locally sourced meals.

 

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