Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Class Line Up for March 2nd & 3rd

A Sea of Tomato Transplants for sale in the Market
The start of spring is just around the corner here in Central Texas. Come out at 10:30am to the Market for our monthly "This Month in the Garden" Class to find out what you can a should be doing in your garden this coming month. This free class is perfect for the beginning gardener and those new to Central Texas's crazy seasons!

After Gardening class, starting at noon, Cindy Harrington will be performing our weekly cooking demo. This week Cindy will be cooking Stuffed Swiss Chard Rolls with Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Carrots, Texmati Rice & Richardson Farm's Ground Turkey. You are not going to want to miss this.

On Sunday at 1pm we are very proud to announce that we'll be starting Gardening Classes for Kids on the first and third Sunday of every month. This Sunday, Monument Gardener Candace will be teaching a one hour class on Good Bugs in the Garden for ages 5 and up. Space is limited. Please preregister in person in the Market, by calling 512.240.4715, or by e-mailing

Find our Complete March Class Calendar Here

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crispy Polenta Cake with Roasted Veggies

This Saturday, 2/23 at Noon, Chef Kristin Andrews will be cooking Crispy Polenta Cake with Roasted Veggies featuring the Homestead Gristmill's grits. Yum!

Two Soil Classes this Saturday, 2/23!

We have a full day planned for this Saturday. We want to help you get your garden off to a good start this spring by spending some time getting down and dirty about soil. The health of your garden is directly related to the health of your soil. Soil science can be rather complicated, especially here in Central Texas where our soils need some serious help, so we have planned 2 classes this Saturday to help you feel more confident about caring for your soil.

First, at 10:30am, Farmer Michelle will be talking about Preparing the Soil for a New Garden. We'll go over a variety of techniques for breaking ground and go over the basics about nurturing the soil.

Then at 3pm, Patrick Van Haren from Microbial Earth Farms will be joining us to go a bit more in depth about the specific problems our Central Texas soils face and what to do about it. His presentation will cover soil testing - why, how, and what to do once you have the results. Feel free to bring your soil test in to have it interpreted! Don't miss this one!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Texas Valentines Day

Prickly Pear Hearts at El Monumento.

Community Garden Mini Grants

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is offering 5 $500 mini grants to institutions to either create new gardens or enhance existing ones. This is a great opportunity for schools, workplaces, or non profits in Williamson County to get a garden up and running. Applications are due by Feb 28th.

Download the application here:

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Herbs & Brussels Sprouts this Saturday 2/16

Monument Herb Garden
If you are only going to grow one thing at your home, make it an herb garden. Stepping out of your back door and plucking a few fresh herbs to enrich your meal both in flavor and in nutrition is a joyful experience.

This Saturday's free Garden Class at 10:30am will cover all the basics about growing herbs here in Central Texas. We will mostly talk about culinary herbs, but we will touch on a few easy to grow medicinal herbs as well.
Brussels Sprouts from the Monument Garden

After garden class, starting at noon, will be a cooking demo featuring fresh herbs and brussels sprouts. To learn more about why you should love brussels sprouts, check out my earlier blog post: Mon Petit Choux.

Bring PBS's Daytripper to Georgetown! LAST DAY TO VOTE!!!

The Daytripper, a Texas travel show on PBS is holding a contest to decide what Texas town should be featured for the season finale. Georgetown is near the top, but TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO VOTE! Help put Georgetown over the edge by going visiting the Daytripper Facebook page!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Georgetown Art Center Fundraiser featuring Free Rose Gardening Classes this Saturday, 2/9

Georgetown Art Works and the City of Georgetown have partnered to transform Fire Station One at 816 S. Main Street into the Georgetown Art Center. The Georgetown Art Center will provide a welcoming environment for visitors to view, appreciate, create, and purchase art. Through innovative, intelligent exhibits and programs, they will promote visual literacy in the greater community.

On Saturday, February 9th, the Monument Market is hosting "The Art of Roses," a fundraising event to help support the creation of this dynamic art hub. Members of the Georgetown Art Center will be teaching 3 free rose gardening classes throughout the day and selling antique roses. All the proceeds from the rose sales will go towards the creation of the Georgetown Art Center.

Class Schedule:

10:30am - Rose Basics
The best roses for Central Texas & Soil 101

Noon - Rose Care
Feeding, Planting & Pruning

2pm - Rose Organics
Disease Maintenance & Prevention

For more info, visit the facebook events page!