Boggy Creek Farm got it its start in 1991 selling produce at a farm stand in Austin, Texas – and to the original Whole Foods Market, which is also there in Austin. Now with two farms – one in Gause, a little over an hour outside of Austin, and one just 2.5 miles from the state capital in the heart of Austin – my guest, Carol Ann Sayle, and her husband and farming partner, Larry Butler, sell their fresh produce and value added products – including smoke-dried tomatoes that have had my mouth watering since I first read about them in a Growing for Market article many, many years ago – at the farm stand on their farm in Austin. Carol Ann shares the story of Boggy Creek Farm’s start, how she and Larry manage the challenges and reap the rewards of having two farms over an hour apart, pricing strategies, and the nitty gritty of growing year-round in Texas.
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Quotes from the Show
We feel really strongly that city people do need to know how to grow something.
We couldn’t take people’s money up front [for a CSA] because a good hail storm could come in and that would be the end of it.
You don’t put eight dollars a pound on salad mix. You put fifty cents an ounce.
Maybe that’s why we’re going to be married forty years this year, because he’s on his farm and I’m on my farm.
We lose a lot of crops here, and you’re prices have to pay for the times people didn’t come to the farmstand, or the crop fails, or whatever.
In Texas, if you don’t have tomatoes in the summer, you ain’t a farmer.