The Georgetown Farmers Market Association unites more than 50 growers from 11 nearby counties to treat shoppers to a bounty of wholesome produce, free-range eggs, artisanal breads, and canned goods. Not only does the bumper crop of fresh greens, fruits, and veggies keep clients eating healthily, but it also connects consumers to their surrounding land and agriculture industry. While perusing bushels of onions, tomatoes, peppers, and melons, visitors can mingle with local farmers to shake the very hands that harvest the crops and learn the secret fifth verse of the Green Acres theme song.
The showrooms at Abbey's Home Furnishings brim with furniture from top brands such as Ashley, Bassett, and Omnia Leather that suit every living space. Browsers discover a cornucopia of dining sets, ranging from ornate hand-carved tabletops to contemporary chairs and noshing surfaces ($699–$1,600). Couples can lounge across love seats and sofas upholstered in fine fabrics or plush leather ($799–$1,199), or take turns staring at saddleback bar stools ($69). With more than 50 different styles of family-room furniture, decorators can tailor living rooms according to almost any theme. Lonely bed frames fill the hole their last mattress left with beds of varying firmnesses, from cloud-like softness to less-yielding body buffers ($799–$1,299). Though not included with today's Groupon, furniture on its last legs finds salvation with Abbey's repair services, which give forlorn pieces their confidence back with necessary parts and heartfelt compliments.
This deal is good for any four- or five-course class that is regularly priced at $50. Upcoming gastronomic jam sessions with you and a gourmandizing guru include a May 4 summer seasonal themed class from chef RC Lumpkin—where you'll master roasted garlic soup, pan-sautéed haricot vert, and grilled peaches with honey—as well as an all-Asian delight kapow-wow with Dorothy Huang, who will help you master the intricacies of chicken and coconut-milk soup, sweet and sour shrimp, and three-mushroom lo mein. Of course, you get to eat everything you make, so be sure to bring your own wine or equally classy Capri Sun to Hollandaze Gourmet.
For classes that incorporate live-fire training, Ready Learning Academy works out of various shooting ranges in the Austin area, including Lone Star Gun Range in Lockhart and The Firing Line in Georgetown.
Depending on the course, customers can rent revolvers such as a Taurus Tracker 357, pistols such as a Ruger SR-9, or rifles such as an AR-15.
Ready Learning Academy's instructors believe that responsible gun use comes from a solid foundation in shooting fundamentals. That's why the academy offers three levels of pistol classes and two levels of rifle training. During these sessions, instructors teach students of all experience levels the fundamentals of stance, grip, and trigger control. Pupils progress onto more advanced skills such as dry firing and shooting while moving. Away from the range, the staff sells firearms at its store and conducts self-defense courses.
Williamson-Burnet County Opportunities administers a wide range of economic-opportunity and social-services programs for both counties, including Meals on Wheels, Head Start, and Affordable Housing.
The Meals on Wheels program delivers hot meals five days a week to homebound residents over the age of 60, helping them receive proper nutrition and live independently for as long as possible. In addition to delivering hot noontime meals, volunteers visit with the clients, providing them with companionship and friendly check-ins.
Named Best Honey in 2008 by the Dallas Observer, Round Rock Honey's 100% natural local wildflower honey is harvested from more than 90 sites by owners Konrad and Elizabeth Bouffard and their crews of trained beekeepers. With precision, they remove the liquid gold from hives by centrifuge, ensuring that pollen, trace minerals, and complex sugars are never compromised during the honey harvest. They then pour the honey through a stainless-steel sieve to remove potential bee legs and wings, wax caps, and miniature tiaras before bottling it and selling it to specialty stores, farmer's market visitors, and online customers.
A similar procedure happens in other parts of the country at Round Rock's beekeeping schools. During classes, Konrad Bouffard and Beekeeping Academy teachers impart their beekeeping knowledge upon suited-up students while they extract honey from a live beehive. Along the way, novices learn about the finer points of raising bees and keeping them healthy, as well as bee handling and lullaby-buzzing.