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New Braunfels photographer, Deric Garza, has several photo galleries of our farmers market on his website. Click the link to visit his site and browse the many captured scenes from our festive Saturday mornings!

Click here: New Braunfels Farm to Market - Deric Garza

These sweet honey tips come from our good friends at Youngblood’s Honey in Pearsall, Texas.

Rich, gooey and delicious, honey has health benefits too!  Research has shown that unlike most other sweeteners, honey contains small amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids as well as antioxidants. It even helps sooth sore throats and can be used to treat minor burns.

The taste and color of honey depends on the blossoms visited by the honey bees.

When temperatures drop, honey can crystallize.  It is recommended that honey be stored at room temperature, never in the refrigerator. If your honey crystallizes, place the honey in a bowl of warm water and stir until crystals dissolve. 

You can substitute honey for sugar in baked goods; however, follow these guidelines for best results:

Reduce the liquid in the recipe by ¼ cup for each cup of honey used.

Add about ½ teaspoon baking soda for each cup of honey used.

Reduce oven temperature by 25 degrees to prevent over-browning

Handy tip #1:  Coat your measuring cup or spoon with cooking spray before adding honey for easy measuring.

Handy tip #2:  A 12-ounce jar of honey equals one standard measuring cup.

Native plants are trees, shrubs, grasses, wildflowers, groundcover or vines that have grown in a particular area without having been brought there by humans.  They can survive very nicely without any help from us.

Native landscapes are a safe haven for hosts of wildlife, songbirds, butterflies and lizards. Flowers and shrubs in our area thrive on minimal upkeep and low water needs. Most native plants rarely require help from chemical fertilizers or toxic bug killers.

Some of our favorite natives:

Trees – Red Bud, Huisache, Orchid Tree, Red Oak, Mountain Laurel, Cedar, Elem, Chinquapin Oak, Mexican Buck Eye, Desert Willow, Possum Haw Holly, Yaupon Holly

Shrubs – Viburnum, Evergreen Sumac, Agarita, Beauty Berry, Texas Sage, Turks Cap, Yaupon Holly

Grasses – Mexican Feather Grass, Muhly Grass, Inland Sea Oats, Bamboo Muhly, Guef Muhly

Groundcover – Lantana, Skull Cap, Blackfoot Daisy

Perennial – Salvia, Purple Cone Flower, Mexican Petunia

Do you know why chickens lay different colored eggs?

I was fascinated to learn the colorful process of egg production and wanted to share it with you!

The breed of chicken determines the color of eggs that will be laid.

Read more: Nature's Easter Eggs!

 Bob Fitzsimmons, of Bob's Organic Garden, presented an informational seminar at the market titled, "Basic Organic Program".  He shared tips and advice on how to grow a healthy, natural garden.

Bob is the gardening expert on Common Sense Gardening and Home Grown Gardening on local radio stations KGNB/KNBT.  Tune in on Saturday mornings for his helpful tips and ideas on growing your healthy garden.

Here is the information he shared with our visitors. Click the link below.

Basic Organic Program

I had no idea shiitake mushrooms had so many beauty-enhancing  and rejuvenating benefits for the skin until I read about them on BellaSugar...

Many skin care products—particularly anti-aging products—now contain shiitake extracts because the 'shrooms are thought to:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Increase elasticity of the skin
  • Exfoliate
  • Encourage faster skin renewal
  • Provide antioxidants to protect skin
  • Block skin aging proteins
  • Help fade spotting from the sun and acne

    Read more: Shiitake Mushroom

Fall is here and it’s time for a new hat!

Mrs. G’s Goods offers handcrafted beanies that are perfect for Texas winters.  You can select from her current collection, or she will happily create a hat just for you with your favorite team logo or school colors.  Beanies sell for $25 each.

Want to learn how to make your own hat?  Mrs. G’s Goods offers a two-hour class session for $20.  Hats make perfect gifts for the holiday season, so sign up for your class soon!

For more information, please email Linda Courson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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