In East Austin, friends welcome spring with a crawfish boil, verdant fields, and potent rhubarb margaritas (pooches welcome, no utensils required).
here were plenty of things to like about working the land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. In fact, it was the prospect of the fertile soil, cool, moist air, and the local abundance (berries, hazelnuts, seafood, and Pinot Noir) that first enticed David Burk and Melody McClary to leave their jobs as property managers at Montesino Ranch in Wimberley and move west in 2012.
But after a couple years, the couple started to pine for friends in Texas and the community that they’d developed in Austin. Family also played a part; David’s sister, Amanda, was about to have her first baby. Almost immediately after they started to ponder the idea of coming home, they learned that Stephanie Scherzer, who owns Rain Lily Farm with partner Kim Beal, was in need of a farmer. “I’ve wanted to work and run Rain Lily for some time,” David says. “When I was working at Montesino, I’d deliver vegetables here. I’d walk around the property because I love its smallness, and it’s clean and pretty. It’s a quaint garden with flowers planted in front of the rows and an opportunity to grow great food, but it’s manageable—no tractors, no long-distance driving to sell my goods.”
As luck would have it, Farmhouse Delivery, Scherzer’s company that delivers local produce and foodstuffs to your doorstep, was also looking for a buyer. Proximity to Austin, a manageable lot, the opportunity to do what they do best . . . sold!