Nestled in the heart of East Austin, the five acres of Boggy Creek Farm represent one of the most veteran urban farms in the whole country, let alone in Austin. The house on the lot was built in 1840 along with its sister house, The French Legation Museum, which is close by. Both houses were built in 1841 and Carolann stresses the fact that they have to not only take care of their five acres of farmland but also the house itself.
Carol Ann Sayle and Larry Butler started their original farm in 1991, about 80 miles away in the Oak Hill area. At the time, Carolann had an art studio right next to Larry's television store. Their landlord introduced the two, they formed a friendship, and found themselves combining their families. Larry's family grew up on 40 acres of farmland in the area, so he knew a thing or two about farming before Boggy Creek. They always loved East Austin and found themselves buying their East Austin land in 1992 so they could farm in town. The grand greenhouse contains the seeds that end up being planted in the field, as Carol Ann stresses that everything on the farm is started at seed right there. From tomatoes and cauliflower to Romanesco and everything in between, all of the produce is lovingly cared for by the Sayle/Butler Family and their small team.
Since there weren’t any farm stands in the area, they started their own on their property in 1994, with just one table of produce until the word spread. Nowadays, Boggy Creek Farm stand has expanded from that first table to a larger spot next to the house. Boggy Creek’s weekly produce is represented, along with goods from other local purveyors like Pure Luck Farm, Bee Tree Farm, Dos Lunas and Thunder Heart Bison. Also on the shelves are Larry’s Original Smoked Dried Tomatoes and Hot Sauce, both delicious snacks from the man himself. The farm stand is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.