Year-Round Farmers’ Markets

Events, Food, Things to Do, What's New — By Tara Hall on April 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm

Greenhouse tomatoes. Grass-fed bison. Local honey. Oh my!

It’s no wonder Austinites boast a variety of farm stands and farmers’ markets, bringing fresh ingredients to the urban community year-round. We’ve got moderate year-round temperatures, a significant amount of athletes and other health-conscious citizens and more than a dozen farms within a couple hours’ drive of the Austin city limits.

So load up the kids, leash the dog and grab your reusable bag–it’s time to shop locally!

Whether you’re in the ‘market’ for fresh fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, hand-crafted cheeses, heirloom seeds, fresh-cut herbs or ready-to-eat dishes, one of these weekly locations can accommodate.

While some showcase arts & crafts and host occasional live music, each and every location offers convenient free parking. Another highlight: two markets run by the Sustainable Food Center–Saturday’s downtown location and Wednesday’s market at The Triangle–accept food stamps.

Visit each market’s individual website for more details, as well as a list of participating vendors.

Sustainable Food Center’s Austin Farmers’ Market at Triangle Park
Wednesdays year-round, 4p-8p
Location: Triangle Park in The Triangle at 46th St & Lamar Blvd.

Sustainable Food Center’s Downtown Farmers’ Market
Saturdays year-round, 9a-1p
Location: 4th & Guadalupe St. at Republic Square Park

Sustainable Food Center’s Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley
Saturdays year-round, 9a-1p
Location: 3200 Jones St. in the Toney Burger Center parking lot

South Austin Farmers’ Market
Saturdays year-round, 8a-1p
Location: 2910 South Congress Avenue in the El Gallo parking lot

Barton Creek Farmers Market
Saturdays year-round, 9a-1p
Location: Barton Creek Square Mall–northeast corner of the parking lot across from Dillard’s

HOPE Farmers Market
Sundays year-round, 11a-3p
Location: 414 Waller St. across from Progress Coffee

[Photo courtesy of bookgrl]

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