In Austin, food is a big deal and restaurants must work hard to differentiate themselves in this highly competitive scene. And, if there’s one thing I kept hearing in our Texas Food Crawlers series from some of the town’s best chefs: good food is made from fresh ingredients.

For example, Tom from Live Oak BBQ told us he bought his meat locally because he didn’t want to buy it frozen.

There is a local food industry booming in Austin and across the country, where small and urban farms sell their wares at local restaurants and farmer’s markets. They’re not in it for the money, especially not in Texas where we eat less locally sourced food than any other state in the country. So, why do they do it?

Who are these people anyway, ‘Urban Farmers?’ What are they hoping to change? And, what are they hoping to change it into?

Our Stay Weird, Eat Local segment was created to explore these questions.

Jax Stafford
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