It's true that Austinites love local food, but that doesn't have to be limited to restaurants. At farmers markets in and around Austin, you can find fresh, locally grown produce to add to your kitchen stock, as well as prepared foods, artwork and pet supplies. Pack the kids into the car (and maybe the dog) and explore these eight farmers markets.
Texas Farmers' Market at Mueller 4209 Airport Blvd. Austin. Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sunday's market features nearly 100 vendors, from produce to local honey to prepared foods. Wednesday's market is significantly smaller, but you can find similar products. You can also drop off your compost off on Sundays, as part of Texas Farmers' Market's community composting program. Tiny Tails Petting Zoo is there every Sunday with some cute animals.
Texas Farmers' Market at Lakeline 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This Saturday market has 110 vendors, and like the market at Mueller, you can also drop your compost off here every Saturday and find Tiny Tails Petting Zoo. Kids, leashed dogs and everyone else is welcome.
SFC Farmers' Market 422 Guadalupe St. Austin (downtown location) and 3200 Jones Road, Austin (Sunset Valley location). Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Both locations of the Sustainable Food Center's markets offer live music and kid's activities every Saturday, from yoga for kids to puppet shows. All SFC Farmers’ Markets accept Lone Star SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and FMNP (Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program) benefits. SFC's Double Dollars project then matches up to $30 in SNAP, WIC and FMNP benefits when used to purchase fruits and vegetables.
HOPE Farmers Market 412 Comal St. Austin. Sundays 11 a.m to 3 p.m.
This weekly market has a couple things to do on top of shopping from vendors. HOPE Farmers Markets invites at least two musical acts or performing artists for HOPE FM Live, and there's free yoga each week. The market also offers Double Dollars benefits through the SFC project.
Barton Creek Farmers Market 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located in the back of the Barton Creek Square Mall, you can find live music every week, broadcasted through a solar-powered PA system. Prepared food vendors include Garbo’s Fresh Maine Lobster, Maple Syrup Lady and Taco Deli.
SoCo Select Farmers and Makers Market 1511 South Congress Ave. Austin. Saturdays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (more other stuff than food)
This South Congress market has more emphasis on goods and artwork than food, but you can still find some foods, including baked goods from Julie Myrtille and drinks and paletas from La Orxateria.
Pflugerville Pfarmers Market 901 Old Austin-Hutto Road, Pflugerville. Tuesdays 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The regular season for the Pflugerville Pfarmers Market is from May to October, but there are occasional special markets in March, April, November and December. This year's regular season begins May 7, with special early opening dates on April 9 and April 23. Cash is preferred at this market.
San Marcos Farmers' Market 155 E San Antonio St. San Marcos. Saturdays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Vendors at the San Marcos Farmers' Market include local coffee roaster Redbud Roasters, multiple farms and artwork from local creators.
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