Those who have already been taking advantage of Austin’s blossoming locally sourced and produced food scene won’t be surprised: Two Austin-area farmers markets were just named among the nation’s best.
The food and drink website the Daily Meal included HOPE Farmers Market and the Sustainability Food Center‘s markets in their annual round up of the 101 Best Farmers Markets in America.
HOPE Farmers Market, which according to the Daily Meal, has something “for every free-spirited hipster of Austin” ranked at number nine. The Daily Meal made specific note of the market’s offerings of music and “one-of-a-kind crafts” in addition to market produce and locally produced food. You can find Hope Farmers Market every Sunday in East Austin.
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With four different year-round, weekly markets around Austin, Sustainability Food Center (SFC) slid into the number 16 spot on the list. The Daily Meal cited the markets’ wide variety of produce, products and people as the reason why. According to the SFC, they host over 100 vendors including local farms and artisans.
According to their blog post, the Daily Meal takes into account the quality, variety and affordability of products; what kind of recognition the market has in the community; the atmosphere and experience of the market; and of course, the friendliness of the vendors.
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