West Austin farmers' market open near nursery on Thursdays

Central Texas has a new farmers' market. On Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., find locally grown vegetables and fruits, as well as meat, seafood, cheese, flowers, honey and some specialty prepared foods, at the Truck Farm Farmers Market at the northeast corner of Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) in front of the Pots and Plants Nursery.

Market manager Amy Ingram says the market, at 5902 Bee Cave Road, will be open year-round on Thursdays no matter the weather. Look for fun events such as an Easter egg hunt in April, a watermelon-eating contest in July and pumpkin carving this fall.

Ingram also says that the market will offer internships to students who are interested in working with farmers and learning about agriculture business.

— Addie Broyles

Restaurant recipes: Arkie's Salad

Simple but effective, this kicked-up cole slaw shows up as a special on this East Side diner's rotating lineup of vegetables. It's an inexact dish, some would say an artistic one, customizable to suit the creator's appetite for creaminess and sweetness.

Dictated to us by Steve Jones, who owns Arkie's Grill with his wife, Brandy. (4827 E. Cesar Chavez St. 385-2986, www.arkiesgrill.com.)

Arkie's Cabbage-Apple-Raisin Salad

1 head of green cabbage, cored and shredded

2 red or green apples, cored and chopped

10 oz. raisins

Mayonnaise to taste

Sugar to taste

In a mixing bowl, combine ingredients thoroughly, adjusting mayonnaise and sugar to taste. A great side for home-style favorites like chicken-fried steak, catfish or chicken and dumplings.

West AUstin farmers' market open near nursery on thursdays

Central Texas has a new farmers' market. On Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m., find locally grown vegetables and fruits, as well as meat, seafood, cheese, flowers, honey and some specialty prepared foods, at the Truck Farm Farmers Market at the northeast corner of Bee Cave Road and Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) in front of the Pots and Plants Nursery.

Market manager Amy Ingram says the market, at 5902 Bee Cave Road, will be open year-round on Thursdays no matter the weather. Look for fun events such as an Easter egg hunt in April, a watermelon-eating contest in July and pumpkin carving this fall.

Ingram also says that the market will offer internships to students who are interested in working with farmers and learning about agriculture business.

- Addie Broyles

Openings, closings and coming soon

• Open: H-E-B Plus, a new store at 2508 E. Riverside Drive right behind the former H-E-B store at Pleasant Valley Road. The new location offers some home furnishings, electronics and other goods in addition to groceries, as well as a carnicería. 448-3544, www.heb.com .

• Open: Katz's Deli has expanded its operation to include lunch service from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Charlie's, a bar at 1301 Lavaca St. 474-6481, www.charliesaustin.com .

• Open: Man Bites Dog, a second location of the South Austin hot-dog trailer. Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 2101 Manor Road. www.manbitesdogaustin.com .

• Opening Thursday: Urban - An American Grill, the 'comfort food reinvented' restaurant serving the new Westin Austin Hotel at the Domain. 11301 Domain Drive. 832-4197.

• Reopened: Moo Moo's Mini Burgers, a trailer serving burgers they describe as `bigger than a slider, smaller than a regular burger' at 1210 Barton Springs Road. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Mondays. Closed Tuesdays.

• Closed: The Thistle Cafe at 300 W. Sixth St. The location at 3801 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360) is still open. 347-1000, www.thistlecafe.com .

- Mike Sutter, A.B.

What's in season

Turnips, beets, carrots, kohlrabi, collards, year-round lettuce, kale, field lettuce, mixed Asian greens, sweet potatoes, radish, spinach, high-tunnel and greenhouse tomatoes and a few peppers, greenhouse Bibb lettuces, basil and microgreens. Brussels sprouts, sunflower sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, mustard greens, bok choy, totsoi, green garlic, green onions and shallots. Farmer-raised heirloom plant starts at market for home gardeners.

Information is from the Sustainable Food Center, www.sustainablefoodcenter.org .

Food and wine briefs

• From 6 to 10 p.m. March 17, North by Northwest Restaurant and Brewery will mark St. Patrick's Day with an Irish stout brewed on-site, Irish stew and soda bread, plus free music by Jeremy Steding and the Irish Curse Band. 10010 N. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 231-8157, www.nxnwbrew.com .

• Starting Friday , food critic Rob Balon will move his TV reports from KTBC to KVUE. Balon will continue his radio reports on KLBJ-AM. Balon told American-Statesman TV writer Dale Roe that the split with Fox 7 was "very cordial."

• On March 20, the nine Hill Country wineries of the Fredericksburg Wine Road 290 will pair with area restaurants to offer "Vino & Pasta" tastings at the wineries. While many of the wineries charge a small tasting fee, the food pairings will be free. No tickets required. Wineries include Becker Vineyards, Pedernales Cellars, Woodrose and six more. Map at www.wineroad290.com .

• "The Art of Eating In" author Cathy Erway will be hosting a cooking class called "Dumplings Around the World" at noon on Friday at Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. Tickets cost $20 and can be purchased online at www.centralmarket.com . Call 206-1014 for info. Erway will also be hosting a free book reading and signing at 4 p.m. on Sunday at BookWoman, 5501 N. Lamar Blvd.

• Today is the final day of Austin Restaurant Week, with fixed-price lunches and dinners at 60-plus restaurants. Menus at www.restaurantweekaustin.com .

• People from around the country flock to the small West Texas town of Marfa for its art, but at the end of the month, food will be the focus of a five-day trip there. Take wine-pairing and cooking classes, eat at Marfa's best restaurants, tour a farmers' market and enjoy a picnic with food from restaurateur Lou Lambert beside the Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park. Guests can choose to stay at El Cosmico, Austinite Liz Lambert's newest hotel project in Marfa. The trip is sponsored by the Texas Toast Culinary Tours, a food touring group based in Fort Worth, which will be offering a similar trip in May. 817-239-1634, www.texastoastculinarytours.com .

• Last year, the Capital Area Food Bank added a teaching garden outside its South Austin facility at 8201 S. Congress Ave., and from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, the agency is hosting a spring planting day where volunteers can help plant eggplant, okra, broccoli, cucumber and other spring crops. The gardens help the organization teach its 350 partner agencies how to show their clients how to build and maintain square-foot gardens. www.austinfoodbank.org .

- M.S., A.B.