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From Mercado Central to Texas Hill Country Farmers Markets

When I was a little girl growing up in Central America, I loved going to the Mercado. I was blessed to have a Costa Rican mom and an American dad, which resulted in spending the wonder-filled days of my childhood in Costa Rica. We lived in the capital city of San Jose and its Mercado Central is huge, taking up a full city block. As a child I still remember the many colors of the fruits,...

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Celebrating Scottish Heritage and Celtic History

The stirring sound of Highland Bagpipes announced the opening of Highland Games.  Members of Silver Thistle Pipes and Drums marched to the stage with precision, pipers piping and drummers drumming.  It was a cool misty November day, shrouded in low, gray clouds and as the beautiful notes of the bagpipes rang out, it seemed as if you were in the midst of the Scottish countryside, breathing in the...

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Shinyribs is the continuation of Kevin Russell’s musical journey which began in Beaumont,TX when, at 14, he found his father’s guitar under his bed, along with a sewing machine, a billy club and a box of comic books. Luckily he chose the guitar. Following his family’s oil boom and bust migratory path he landed in Shreveport,LA where he formed his first band. Picket Line Coyotes were a Husker Du...

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Queen Bee: Queen of Everything

Wimberley’s Queen Bee has something for everyone.

Queen Bee owner Mary Van Ostrand with Tinker, the shop dog.

That’s no exaggeration. You’ll realize it’s the truth the second you step into this palace of what owner Mary Van Ostrand has labeled Fabulous Finds, Uncommon Goods, and Antiques....

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Have Goat? Make Soap!

Turning Goat’s Milk into Sudsy Bars

Perry (left) and Hazel Kuebel work together to cut and label their handmade soaps made from goats milk produced on their Blanco farm.

For generations, the Kuebel family has called Blanco County home. Their 60-acre farm, located just about four miles west of Blanco, is home to four generations, all of whom work together tending to the variety of livestock and pets that share the land that overlooks the Blanco River....

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