Two Happy Children Farm

Owners of Two Happy Children Farm, John and Yen Selking met while working at Motorola and together, decided on a career change: become vegetable farmers in Taylor, TX. They wanted to grow their own products and know what exactly was going into their food.

The Selkings began the farm in 2003, purchasing land three miles east of Taylor, a ninety acre farm located in the Blackland Prairie section of Texas, known for its fertile and deep soils.  In naming their farm, John and Yen found inspiration in their two children, Ryan and Robyn, now 19 and 12, respectively. One evening at dinner, Ryan suggested that since both he and Robyn were always happy when they farmed, the name should be Two Happy Children Farm. Today, the farm grows more than sixty varieties of vegetables on thirty acres, specializing in artichokes, cole crops, sweet corn and melons. Artichokes tend to sell the best and in the Selking household, they currently enjoy steaming them for a tasty, nutritious side dish at the dinner table.

 

Since knowing where their food comes from is important to John and Yen, they utilize several sustainable practices in their farming. Methods include crop rotation, Integration Pest Management, and low loss irrigation methods. They also cover crops, trap crops for insects and cooperate with their local Ag Extension on various research projects. The Selkings take pride in the fact that, according to the USDA, 2 Happy Children Farm is the only fulltime vegetable farm operating in Williamson County, out of 640,000 people. The 30-acre vegetable operation is staffed by only John and Yen, proudly doing 100% of the crop preparation and care, with the occasional seasonal harvest labor.

 

John and Yen met Jack at various farmers markets and got to know him when Jack Allen’s Kitchen’s second location in Round Rock opened, two miles from where the Selkings live. Despite being vegetable-raising farmers, the Selking family thoroughly enjoys the meat fare at Jack Allen’s Kitchen. John often orders the stuffed pork, Yen likes the chicken fried chicken, Ryan goes for the Fat Jack burger, and Robyn’s favorite is the chicken fried beef ribs. Collectively, the Selkings love to indulge in the blondie pie and chocolate bomb.

ABOUT TWO HAPPY CHILDREN FARM:

About Two Happy Children Farm: With Two Happy Children Farm, John and Yen Selking contribute to the growing sustainability of Austin with their variety of fresh vegetables and fruit. Two Happy Children Farm is located in Taylor, TX. They sell their products at the Sun City Market on Tuesdays, 9AM – Noon, located at 2 Texas Dr, Georgetown, TX, 78633; the Georgetown Market on Thursdays, 3:30 – 6:30PM, located at 1525 W University Ave, Georgetown, TX 78628; the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, 9AM – 1PM, located at 11200 Lakeline Mall Dr, Cedar Park, TX 78613; and the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, 9AM – 1PM, located at the back of the Barton Creek Square mall at 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, TX 78746. For further information, please visit http://twohappychildrenfarm.com/.  

FRIED CAULIFLOWER WITH AIOLI, PARMESAN AND CRISPY BACON CHIPS
Courtesy of Rogelio Lujano, Executive Chef of Jack Allen's Kitchen Oak Hill

- 1 head of cauliflower, washed and broken into bite-sized pieces

- 1 egg

- ¼ c flour

- ¼ c breadcrumbs

- 1 c canola oil

- 1 c mayonnaise

- ¾ c garlic, minced

- Juice of 1 fresh lime

- 1 T Parmesan cheese

- 3 strips of bacon

Blanch cauliflower pieces. Completely dry with paper towels and then dip in eggwash. Coat in flour and then dip ih breadcrumbs. Fry the pieces in a deep frying pan with canola oil.

For the aioli, roast the garlic in a thin layer of oil on medium-low heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Put in bowl and combine with mayo and lime juice.

Fry the  bacon in frying pan until crisped. Pat dry to remove excess oil. Once cooled, break into little chips,

Garnish the cauliflower pieces with parmesan and crispy bacon chips, and serve aioli on the side for dipping.