BUY LOCAL: 10 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN AUSTIN

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NICKIE HARRIS

MAY 29, 2019

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Ah, we remember our first farmers market — the shiny produce, neighbors selling locally-made wares, and, of course... the samples. And if you’re in Austin, you’ll probably find a breakfast taco truck or two no matter which farmers market you frequent.

Sound like your idea of a good time? Then grab your canvas bag and check out these awesome Austin farmers markets for all the freshest finds in the area.

Nothing says family fun like riding your bikes to the farmers market in Mueller and picking up ingredients for your next meal together. Stock up on fruit, veggies, meats, flowers, cheese, and herbs that are from just miles away. And you should come hungry because Tacodeli tacos are for sale (until they run out) along with tons of other prepared food and snacks from local vendors. Don’t live near Mueller? Texas Farmers’ Market’s Saturday set-up at Lakeline Mall might be more convenient! Even better, you can swing by either location year-round.

SFC (Sustainable Food Center) is probably the most exciting thing to happen to the locavore movement in Austin. They’re strengthening the local food system and promoting healthy food for all, one farmers market at a time. Since 2010, SFC has been hosting local farmers and artisans to sell their foods, wares, and crafts at the Toney Burger Center in Sunset Valley. At this year-round market, you can sample veggies, listen to some live music, and chat with all your neighbors in a relaxed atmosphere. But if you find yourself downtown, swing by their Saturday market on Guadalupe St., it's one of the largest farmers market in Austin, with dozens of growers, purveyors, and vendors. And they’re always there for you, rain or shine. Sit on the steps of the courthouse and enjoy a hot coffee for a Saturday AM you’ll want to repeat again and again.

For students, a farm stand on campus can be a godsend. When dining hall food is no longer bearable and it’s finally time to use your tiny kitchen, hit up the UT Farm Stand. This small group of students sources some amazing local produce and baked goods from the area (or even grown on campus) at market price. Find these guys during each semester (spring and fall) and on certain days during the summer at Jester Plaza.

The Barton Creek Farmers Market is, to date, by far the best thing to happen in the parking lot of the Barton Creek Mall. Gather here on Saturday mornings all year long for organic produce, fresh dairy, mushrooms, meats, and local artisans. Oh, and live music and hot breakfast are also to be had! Check out their Facebook page to see who will filling the market with upbeat tunes each week.

Every Sunday, get your good vibes and great food (try empanadas and pierogies) at the HOPE Farmers Market. Inside the breezy Plaza Saltillo, listen to live music and join a free yoga class around lunchtime! This year-round market is brimming with doggos and smiling people, plus all the produce and handmade foods you can carry.

Nothing is better than seeing where your food comes from, and the Eden East Farm Stand in East Austin is a beautiful place to do it year-round. Spending time here is a sweet taste of nature in this big city, plus you get to take a little bit of the farm home with you! And how do you know the produce is top-notch? When some of the premier restaurants in Austin are sourcing their ingredients here, you know you’re getting the goods!

Boggy Creek Farm Stand is another one-stop shop for spending time on the farm and taking home in-season produce and goods. Think: flowers, jams, Larry’s Smoke Dried Tomatoes (a fan favorite), and more. Make a day of it and check out the fields and the hen house as well! Get there before 11am to see the end of the harvest and to score the freshest produce. Fitt Tip: during August, their days of operation change, so check the website to confirm before you head out.

You can find this bustling farmers market set up at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave every Sunday of the year — rain or shine. Sling your reusable tote over your shoulder and peruse over 40 weekly vendors selling everything from perfectly-ripe produce to unique heirloom varieties. And if you work up an appetite during you shopping trip (it happens), there are also plenty of stalls with delicious prepared foods to fuel you. Oh, and go ahead and bring your best friend, this market is dog-friendly. Can't make it on Sunday? They also have a Saturday market at Treaty Oak Distilling in Dripping Springs.

More than just your average farmers market the SoCo Farmers & Makers Market on S Congress Ave. has your weekly grocery list items, plus locally-made jewelry, vegan skincare items, fresh flowers from area farms, and the list goes on. Plus, there's always something happening here, whether it's live music, free yoga, or cooking demonstrations. Stop by on Saturdays anytime throughout the year to start your weekend on a high note.

Whether you're planning a Saturday trip to Ikea in Round Rock or you're running Sunday errands at the Gateway Shopping Center, the Farmer George Farmers Markets have you covered. These community-focused are all about supporting local and providing an avenue for area farmers and growers to show off their hard work and sell their products. From seasonal, hard-to-find varieties to responsibly sourced meats and hand-poured candles, you can count on this year-round set up.

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