Artisans in Austin: Local Makers Receive Grants
This year, the Austin Food & Wine Alliance has awarded a total of $25,000 to four local artisanal makers: Confituras received $10,000 and the remaining three - Salt and Time Butcher Shop and Salumeria, Blacklands Malt and Skinny Lane Farm - each received $5,000.
So what are those artisans planning to do with their newfound riches? Confituras is helping to fund a food-preservation project that includes things like oral histories and the creation of a mobile kitchen and traveling canning museum. Local butcher shop and charcuterie maker Salt and Time will focus on gaining federal certification for its shop to become the first USDA-inspected salumi producer in Texas, which will allow your favorite restaurants to carry more of its products. Blacklands Malts, which makes malt from Texas-grown barley, plans to expand its onsite storage capacity, source more barley and hopefully bring on another regional farmer. And last but not least, boutique vegetable farm Skinny Lane Farm plans to create an “on the farm” cooking program in the Elgin area. In other words, 2014 is going to be a good year for small-batch makers and food artisans around town.