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Dripping Springs Farmers Market kicks-off May 7th

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The Dripping Springs Farmers Market, located at The Triangle in Dripping Springs at  Hwy 290 & RR 12, kicks-off it’s 3rd season on May 7th.  I was delighted to see the expanded vendor list with a variety of produce, prepared goods and artisans.

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Currently Slated Vendors
BellaVerdi Farms – lettuce and more
Beautiful Pair –  hand crafted earrings
Earthwise Herbals – tinctures, teas, education and seasonal produce
Fitzhugh Creek  – seasonal produce, melons and farm fresh eggs
Force of Nature – Free Outdoor Class onsite for ALL Fitness levels with Jenna Ryan
JDs Pizza Oven – roasted coffee beans and fresh pizza
Lazy 8 Ranch – eggs, waffle, muffin & pancake mix, dried spices, handmade accessories
Morning Glory Farm – seasonal fresh & dried herbs, vegetable, salad mixtures & flowers
My Chihuahua Bites Salsa – Award winning salsa
Onion Creek Farm – TDA certified organic vegetables, herbs and free range yard eggs
Oh Vey Design – Custom embellishing to clothing and accessories
Rocking B Ranch – grass fed beef, goat and rabbit
Texas Hill Country Olive Ranch – Olive Oil and Vinegars
The Vegetable Patch – Fresh seasonal produce including berries!
Vibrant Naturals – homemade, all natural, vegan soaps, lip balms and lotions
Sam Williams – Peaches
Market manager, Carolyn Hodges, says there is room at the market for more vendors of all types including lamb, chicken, honey, ready to eat foods, flowers & plants. The market also features artists and artisans on the First Saturdays along with the regular vendors.   Potential vendors can find applications on their website.

See you at the market!  Sounds like there will be lots of goodies.  

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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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New Location for the Wimberley Farmers Market

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The Wimberley Farmers Market, founded in 2003 and held on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm, has moved to a new, higher profile location outside of the Community Thrift Shop at the intersection of RR 12 and River Road.

I recently stopped by on my way back from San Antonio and found about 6 booths with local produce, honey, bread and other goodies.  Montesino Ranch has a stand and offers pick-up for their CSA members at the market.  They said that they are hopeful that the new location off of a major thoroughfare in Wimberley will increase traffic and encourage additional farms to participate.

Following are a few of the vendors you can expect to find at the Wimberley market:
Bell Springs Bath Bars
EIEIO Farm
Harvest Time Honey
Montesino Ranch
Wholesome Harvest Farm

If you happen to be in Wimberley, or just need a good road trip, on a Wednesday afternoon, stop by and fill up your market bag.

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Exploring Bastrop’s Farmers Markets

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When friends recently offered to have me join them for a weekend at The Hyatt at Lost Pines, I jumped at that chance to check out this much lauded resort.  Of course, it was also the perfect opportunity to explore the farmers markets in Bastrop.

About 30 miles from downtown Austin, Bastrop has a lovely Main Street area that most Austinites never see as we race past the town on Highway 71 coming or going from Houston. The revitalized downtown with its old Texas charm and the Colorado River weaving through the background hosts two farmers markets.
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Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market, a year round market housed in a large barn at 1302 Chestnut St., is open Fridays from 2:30 to 6:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  In addition to a wide variety of produce, the market offers beef from Bastrop Cattle Company and pork from Peach Creek Farms.  They even have tasty Banh Mi sandwiches and other Vietnamese goodies from Faifoo Cafe – a surprise find indeed. 

40210_3My favorite vendor was the Mina Elementary booth where some charming young gentleman and their teachers were selling the lettuce and spinach they had grown with their classmates.  Max Butler, an art teacher at the school, started the garden and any class can participate.  The kids plant the vegetables from seeds or transplants and help keep the garden watered and weeded.

40210_4The kids were also selling cute shopping bags they had painted and decorated with eco-friendly messages for the bargain price of $2.  I had to add it to my collection of market bags and am looking forward to carrying a reminder of their hard work as I shop each week.

40210_5The River Valley Farmers Market, currently located next door but relocating to 116 Ponderosa Dr. and Hwy 71 on April 24th, is open from 10 am until they sell out.  This Texas Certified Farmers Market, at least 51% of the vendors are growers or producers (like our Sustainable Food Center managed markets), has been serving Bastrop County for over 24 years and also hosts markets in Elgin on Tuesday (1 pm until sold out at 410 Main St. or 4 pm until sold out at 1212 Hwy 290) and Smithville on Thursday (1 pm until sold out at Main and 1st St.).

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Again, the market has a nice variety of vendors with produce, eggs and even pecans from Yegua Creek Farms.  Gene & Eileen Niswander, Eileen is President of the River Valley Farmers Market Board of Directors, bring pecans, baked goods, barbecue chips and even mulch from their pecan orchard to sell at market.

40210_7Steve Wachsmann from Manheim Market Gardens shared some of the challenges of selling in a largely rural community.  Shoppers often tell him that they grow the vegetables he’s selling or get them from a neighbor. The vendors are passionate about their market and the community they serve and are looking forward to the upcoming market move and new opportunities for the farmers.

40210_8The Bastrop Producers Market, a storefront at 977 Hwy 71 open Tuesdays through Sunday, rounds out the farmers market trifecta in Bastrop.  The market sells local produce, meats, cheeses and prepared foods, supplementing with some national brands.  Some Austin favorites on the shelves included Mediterranean Chef hummus, Kala’s Kuisine sauces, Jake’s Granola, Made in the Shade goat cheese and Design Your Dine dinners.  If you are in the area and need a market fix, Bastrop Producer’s Market is a terrific solution.
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Whether you are drawn to Bastrop for the abundant parks or the resort, stop in at a farmers market or two and refuel by exploring their local food scene.  
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