10621 Pioneer Farms Dr., 512/837-1215
Billing itself as a living history park due to its popularity with school groups who enjoy specialty programs about things like blacksmithing and hand-woven textiles, it is also great for random visits by grown-ups, too. Explore five themed historic areas, ninety wooded acres, and Scarborough Barn, where the farm animals reside. Go anytime on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 10am-5pm.
Have you wanted to learn about blacksmithing, archery, candlemaking, or knitting? The historic Pioneer Farms offers courses in all these and more. Check the calendar and sign up today to learn a fun new skill. Tue., Feb. 23 - Tue., Nov. 30.
Pioneer Farms offers several blacksmithing classes in the coming weeks, including Fundamentals 1.0 and 2.0 as well as a couple's class that will make sparks fly. Check out the schedule and sign up if you'd like to learn a "hot" new skill! Various dates in January.
Austin-area blacksmiths will gather at the historic Village Smithy to compete in a nail-making contest, just like in the 1800s, as they swap stories and wares. Open to blacksmiths and fans of pioneer culture who just want to watch sparks fly. Wed., Jan. 26, 10am-1pm. Free.
Gitcher greens (and more) at the South Austin Farmers Market. Every Saturday morning Tony Piccola and a small, dedicated group of organic farmers gather in the El Gallo parking lot to sell their lovingly cultivated produce. Some days there are flowers, on some other days you might find home canned jams, jellies, and pickles. But you'll always find the farmer who grew the vegetables and you can shake his hand. Open Saturdays, 8am-1pm in the parking lot. WIC/ Food stamps accepted.
2910 S. Congress (El Gallo parking lot)
This counter-service, casual farm-to-table restaurant in the suburbs of Round Rock serves a menu made up of of locally-sourced ingredients.
1400 E. Old Settlers #110, Round Rock, 512/366-5567