Austin Farmers’ Markets
published on January 10, 2013
Austin has plentiful fresh, organic produce for residents to enjoy year round. From our flagship Whole Foods grocery store to the expansive selection of farm fresh fare at almost any grocery store in the city, there is ample opportunity for every Austinite to get five servings of fruits and veggies every day. In addition to brick and mortar stores, Austinites love farmers’ markets, and everyone from freshmen in college to Austin luxury home residents frequent the market stalls. They can be found throughout the city, offering everything from handpicked peaches, to canned dill pickles, to fresh cheeses. Below are a few of the larger farmers’ markets found in Austin:
Known as the SFC Farmers’ Market, the Sustainable Food Center sponsors four markets in Austin that are meant to increase the economic vitality of local farms and small businesses, increase awareness, knowledge and action in Austinites about how to positively impact their health, and create a vibrant and diverse gathering place for Central Texans. Over 100 vendors, local farms, and artisans set up shop at the markets, which also play host to special events and chef demonstrations throughout the year. The four market locations:
Downtown (Saturdays) at Republic Square Park.
Sunset Valley (Saturdays) at the Toney Burger Center.
East (Tuesdays) at the YMCA at 51st and Hwy 183.
Here’s what you can expect to find at the SFC Farmers’ Markets throughout the year:
Fragrant flowers, fresh arugula, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, collard greens, dill, garlic, kale, leeks, lettuce, mint, mustard greens, onions, parsley, peaches, plums, potatoes, radishes, spinach, squash, strawberries, turnips, and tomatoes.
Arugula, basil, blackberries, chard, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, figs, garlic, green beans, lettuce, melons, mint, mustard greens, peaches, okra, onions, pear, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, and watermelon.
Still showings of arugula, basil, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, collard greens, cucumbers, dill, eggplant, garlic, green beans, kale, mustard greens, lettuce, melons, mint, okra, onions, parsley, pecans, peppers, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and turnips.
Beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chard, cilantro, collard greens, dill, garlic, grapefruit, kale, leeks, lemons, mustard greens, oranges, parsley, radishes, spinach, strawberries, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and turnips.
Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, which serves Barton Creek homes as well as all of Austin, has served the Austin community for 12 years, and in 2013, will celebrate with weekly live music hosted by Jimmy Joe Natoli on Saturday mornings. The market has two locations: the first at the back of the Barton Creek Square Mall parking lot on Saturday mornings overlooking the city and the second in the Highland Mall parking lot on Sunday afternoons. The Barton Creek Farmers’ Market has been voted one of the top 10 markets in the country, as well as “Best Of” awards from the Austin Chronicle annual Reader’s Poll, and has been endorsed by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. The market features local growers of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, plants, flowers, herbs, and artisan cheese makers, as well as handcrafted jewelry, soaps, candles, and clothes.
HOPE Farmers’ Market, an acronym for “Helping Other People Everywhere,” is a centrally located market, just across I-35 from downtown Austin, open every Sunday at 11 a.m. The HOPE Farmers’ Market aims to develop healthy relationships between farmers, small businesses, local organizations, and urban consumers by cultivating a space for the exchange of food, culture, and knowledge. The market serves as a platform to introduce urban consumers to local farmers, food artisans, musicians, artists, and non-profits. It is a project of the HOPE Campaign, an eco-conscious 501(c)3 non-profit that helps artists and musicians support education projects around the world. In addition to fresh produce and artisanal goods, the market also offers free yoga classes at 11 a.m. and open art space for visitors to enjoy.
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