ARCHIVE: Farmer’s Market Celebrates Local Food, Nurtures Community

 

Image copyright Pamela Price

 

Story and photograph by Pamela Price

This story originally appeared in the Leon Springs Community News, July 2010 edition.

When it comes to open-air markets featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, it’s the large, urban Pearl Farmer’s Market that gets most press coverage locally. As it happens, the more intimate Leon Springs Farmer’s Market is slightly older and has its own dedicated fan base. Plus, seeing as it’s situated between Leon Creek and the emerald-green hills from which the community’s namesake spring gurgles forth, the market’s air is fresher, too.

Admittedly, this reporter is partial to our community’s Saturday morning market, having been a customer since it’s inception. In interest of full disclosure, I’ve helped prepare the market’s newsletter and pitched in with special projects over the last two years, too.

It doesn’t take an insider to appreciate the market’s unusual history, however. Founded in August 2007, the market came to be when then-city council candidate Mario Obledo promised Leon Springs voters that he’d create a market for them even if he didn’t win election.

Yes, Obledo lost his bid for the District 8 seat, but Leon Springs landed a market manager. Continue reading “ARCHIVE: Farmer’s Market Celebrates Local Food, Nurtures Community”

Entrepreneurs Find Success in Diverse Economy

 

Story and photos by Pamela Price

Originally printed in April 2010 issue of Leon Springs Community News

Rick and Kat Pennington, Rickati's Espresso and Gelato Shop

 

Sixteen years ago a Dallas Morning News journalist described Leon Springs as “not so much a town as a laboratory.”

The writer went on to relate how then-upstarts Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q and the first Romano’s Macaroni Grill were running full-tilt on the IH-10 frontage road, attracting an estimated 15,000 visitors each weekend. Although the Macaroni Grill location closed in the late ‘90s (The Grill at Leon Springs has since opened in its place), both then-young businesses mentioned in the story went on to greater success—and franchising. 

Mike Taylor, Leon Springs Business Association president, recalls dining at Phil Romano’s Italian restaurant. “Going to the chain-style versions today is not the same. It did have a real country store, family flavor and of course waiting for a table was never an issue because the wine flowed ‘freely.’”

Taylor regrets that kind of local story isn’t more top-of-mind for residents, especially given how businesses and entrepreneurs past helped shape the community today. “I would personally like to see Leon Springs devote more attention to recalling its history,” Taylor says. “I think everyone on our board would welcome any organization to work with us to put some of the history back into our community.” Continue reading “Entrepreneurs Find Success in Diverse Economy”

The Seeds of Synergy

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This story appeared in the 16 July 2009 issue of Northwest Weekly.

The Seeds of Synergy

Northwest Side farmers markets join forces

Story by Pamela Price

San Antonio has been a little behind in providing its citizens with farmers markets and roadside stands featuring an abundance of local goods – especially when compared to communities like Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago. In the last couple of years, however, inroads have been made. For example, there’s the new and much-lauded Pearl Brewery complex farmers market that brings a variety of fresh foods into the city’s center.

Up near the NW Bexar County line, a tiny cluster of markets has taken root with far less fanfare than the one found at the brewery. Yes, while urbanites waited for a market to arrive this spring, a few folks on the outskirts took matters into their own hands. (Read more)