Happy Earth Day, Hays County!

Happy Earth Day everyone! What’s everyone doing to celebrate?

Well, we at the Hays County Food Bank have been celebrating all month, by visiting some of the San Marcos Community Gardens, dressing up as fruits and vegetables and perusing the yummy, local goodness at the San Marcos Farmer’s Markets!

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Most notably, last Tuesday, our Community Relations Director, Jane Moore, Administrative Support Coordinator, Jesse Buchoz and I (Community Relations Intern) visited a brand spankin’ new garden over at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC), in full costume. I was a carrot. There’s something liberating about being a carrot…

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Anyway, this new garden, The C.R.E.A.T.I.O.N. Health Garden, is located near the parking lot outside of the Women’s Center on the CTMC campus, and just in the past few weeks, cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and squash seeds were put in the ground. Once they grow big and strong, they will be donated to us at the Hays County Food Bank! Neat, huh? I think so.

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After we finished up at the CTMC garden, we piled into the car and headed over to the San Marcos Farmer’s Market that runs every Tuesday from 3 – 6 p.m. Yep, we were still dressed up. Jane loved her grape outfit and Jesse rocked her peas in a pod outfit with serious style. As for me, my carrot outfit was just as cool as ever… It must have made for some good entertainment for the cars passing by. I know it did for a truck full of men that we were stopped next to at a red light.

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We arrived at the Farmer’s Market, located at 204 S. Edward Gary St., and had so much fun talking with vendors from Oma and Opa’s Farm, Braune Farm’s Fresh Produce Stand, Ragels Ziegenhof’s goat cheese stand, and Caskey Orchards.

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Personally, I was especially impressed with the abundance of truly gorgeous veggies that were offered for cheap prices at the various stands. There’s something so different about the taste and quality of locally grown and harvested food. I whole-heartedly encourage you to get out to this market or the Saturday market and scoop up some awesome goodies for your next meal.

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There are so many awesome ways for you to celebrate Earth day, besides gardening and buying local. For instance, you could get your hands dirty and plant a tree, make a bird house, pledge to start recycling if you don’t already, clean up litter on the side of the road (wear bright colors!), or just learn more about our environment.

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be at the Saturday Farmer’s Market on the 27th, located on San Antonio St. between LBJ and Guadalupe Streets from 9am-1pm with our coolers ready to take donations for Fresh Quest!  We’ll also be accepting donations at the Foodstock Stage during the KTSW music and art festival, Mr. Fest!

So on behalf of the Food Bank, I want to wish you all a happy and safe Earth Day! Let us know how you celebrated this year!

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