I met a guy a couple of years ago who started following me on Twitter. The next time I saw him, he said, “Man, you really like farmers markets.” I’d say that’s a bit of an understatement – I LOVE farmers markets.
I’ve been hooked ever since my Dad took me to my first market in Amarillo, just a small group of stands, but overflowing with ripe peaches, summer tomatoes and green beans. I love buying my favorite produce, discovering new meats, cheeses and jams and visiting with the farmers and food artisans. I always learn something new at the market and can’t help but be happy when I leave.
In Austin, we are blessed to have strong markets with quality vendors five days of the week and in all areas of town. Some are big markets with as many as 60-70 vendors selling hot food and everything from produce to meat to olive oil. Others are neighborhood markets with enough vendors to fill a shopping bag, but not as much variety. Added to the mix are several farm stands where the farm sells their produce and eggs, and sometimes meat, cheese and other products.
People often ask me about my favorite market and I honestly don’t have one. I go to the SFC Downtown market the most because it is the closest to me and I love having Dai Due for breakfast, but there are vendors at each market that I like to frequent. I enjoy going out to Cedar Park to meet one of my friends and then popping by Noble Sandwiches on the way home. When I have my niece and nephew in tow, we visit the farms so they can see the chickens and ducks. And some days I just need to go to a farm and be enveloped by the peace of the place. Do not underestimate the power of a farm to relax you.
Following is a list of area markets presented three ways – first alphabetically, then by day of the week and finally by the location. I encourage you to try a few markets to find your favorite. It might be the one closest to home or it might be the spot near your office. If you haven’t been to a market before, check out my Mastering the Market article for some tips on how to make the most of your trip.
See you at the market!
This guide is part of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance Austin City Guide. Check out the guide for other lists of great places to visit in Austin.
Austin Farmers Markets and Farm Stands
Barton Creek Farmers Market, back of Barton Creek Square Mall parking at the intersection of S. Loop 1 (Mopac) and S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360), Saturdays 9am to 1pm
Boggy Creek Farm Stand, 3414 Lyons Road, Wednesdays & Saturdays 9am to 1pm
Cedar Park Farmers Market, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Saturdays 9am to 1pm
Green Gate Farm Stand, 8310 Canoga Ave, Tuesdays 3pm to 6 pm, Fridays & Saturdays 10am to 2pm
Hope Farmers Market, Plaza Saltillo, E. 5th & Comal, Sundays 11am to 3pm
Lone Star Farmers Market at Bee Cave, 12611 Suite 100 Shops Parkway (Shops at the Galleria), Bee Cave, TX, Sundays 10am to 2pm
Mueller Farmers Market, At the “Browning Hangar” 4550 Mueller Blvd., Sundays 10am to 2pm
Round Rock Farmers Market, 300 W. University Blvd. Round Rock, Saturdays 9am to noon
SFC Farmers Market Downtown, 400 W. Guadalupe, Republic Square Park, Saturdays, 9am to 1pm
SFC Farmers Market Eas<t, MLK & Miriam / near M Station!, Tuesdays 3 pm to 7 pm
SFC Farmers Market Sunset Valley, 3200 Jones Road at the Toney Burger Center, Saturdays, 9am to 1pm
SFC Farmers Market Triangle, 4600 Lamar, Triangle Park at The Triangle, Wednesdays, 3pm to 7pm
Springdale Farm Stand, 755 Springdale Road, Wednesdays & Saturdays 9am to 1pm