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Buying Local at the New Braunfels Farm to Market

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DSCF2470As I prepare for the annual family trip down the Comal, I’m looking forward to visiting the New Braunfels Farm to Market on Saturday morning.  This fairly new market, launched this Spring, is located on South Castell next to Friesenhaus in New Braunfels’ quaint downtown.

The market has quickly attracted a lengthy list of vendors who also serve the Pearl Farmers Market in San Antonio and the Austin markets.  On my last trip to the market, I was delighted to find some of my favorite vendors including CKC Farms and their delicious goat cheese, Montesino Ranch, Ottmer’s Family Farm, Harvest Time Farm Stand and The Mediterranean Chef.

In addition to a wide selection of produce, you can also buy olive oil from Texas Olive Ranch, bread and baked goods from several bakeries, salsa from Kelly Jo’s and granola from Cowgirl Granola.

DSCF2499The market is very well attended, packed with shoppers starting at 9 am.  I highly recommend getting their early if you are looking for something particular.

I also recommend showing up hungry.  There are several vendors serving up barbeque, tacos and even kettle corn.  (Honestly, is there anything that smells better than kettle corn?)

If you are looking for a fun day trip, the New Braunfels Farm to Market is a great way to kick off the day.  Pack a cooler and your shopping bag and enjoy a lovely morning in historic downtown New Braunfels.  On second thought, maybe you should bring two shopping bags.

See you at the market!

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Floating into the New Braunfels Farmers Market

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080309_1Last Friday afternoon, I wandered down to New Braunfels to hang out with my family during their annual camping/tubing trip. When I realized that I was going to miss the Austin Farmers market, I did the research to see if New Braunfels had a market, and, as luck would have it, they do.


The New Braunfels farmers market is Friday afternoon from 3-6 at 205 S. Castelle, which runs parallel to Seguin Ave, in a lot behind the Faust Hotel. When you turn onto Castelle, look for the Faust Brewery sign.
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The market is small, there were about 7-8 vendors, but like the Dripping Springs market, the quality was good. I was delighted to see that Caskey Farms and Ottmers Family Farm, regulars at the Downtown Austin Farmers Market, were both there. I bought some delicious pluots from Busch farms, baskets of okra and sweet onions from the Ottmers and two loaves of bread for the crew at the river.

080309_3I was instructed to get a loaf of Jalapeno Cheese bread from Great

Harvest Bread Co, but they were out by the time I got there. I substituted with a loaf of Pepperoni Roll bread which was a lot like eating a rolled up piece of pepperoni pizza (without the grease). We cut it up and every snacked on it while we were waiting for dinner.

The other loaf of bread was a Roasted Potato and Garlic from Phoenix Rising. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was delicious and was a great complement to a steak dinner.

If you find yourself in New Braunfels on Friday afternoon, I recommend stopping by to see what treasures you can find. It’ll be worth the stop.
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