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Saturday
May152010

Flip Clip: Update from Eastside Cafe in Austin, TX

We rolled into Austin, TX on Thursday night, and one of the first stops we made was to the Eastside Cafe, a restaurant that uses a lot of organic and local (some very local) ingredients. One thing that sets the Eastside apart from other restaurants is the organic vegetable garden located behind the restaurant. Most restaurant gardens I've seen consist of little more than a few rows of herbs and micro greens, but the garden at Eastside Cafe clearly produces a lot of food.

A large chicken coop abuts the restaurant, and there are several rows of raised beds with lettuce, cabbage, kale, herbs, and wildflowers. There are also lots of cool-looking bird houses and a couple of unconventional beds, like the bed frame pictured below. Coming from Chicago, we were amazed to see how far along the tomatoes are, but we've since learned that tomatoes are harvested in June and July in Texas.

-Mark







Reader Comments (2)

I believe that the large metal tubs that the restaurant is using to grow plants are actually tanks to water livestock --see http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/accessible/msg1222393518934.html (though as I recall, in some parts of the Southwest, a "stock tank" can also include a pond or lake).

May 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarry Boyer

I think you're right. As we travel west we've been seeing more of these metal tanks both at farms and roadside garden supply stores. Thanks!

May 17, 2010 | Registered CommenterOrganicNation.tv

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