Farmers markets are popping up all over San Antonio

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Whenever I visit San Antonio on a Saturday, stopping by the Pearl Farmers Market is a must.  The market has grown into a vibrant hub since it opened two years ago, and you can easily devote a morning to exploring the market stalls, restaurants and shops at the renovated Pearl Brewery.

During my last visit to Pearl, I was surprised to find a card listing all of the other farmers markets in San Antonio.  I knew there were a few farm stands, but this card listed over half a dozen markets that covered almost every day of the week.  Wow!

The success of the Pearl Market has San Antonians seeking out more fresh, local produce and the farmers and market organizers have stepped in to meet the demand.  Since we had some time in our schedule, we toured the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market  on Sunday (8 am to noon in the parking lot of the Whole Foods at the Quarry).

Photos by Jenna Noel

This neighborhood market hosts about two dozen vendors with produce, meats and prepared foods.  I bought some wild boar pan sausage from South Texas Heritage Pork and was delighted to see familiar faces from Engel Farms, Markley Family Farm Springfield Farm, Scott Arbor and The Gardener’s Feast as well as several vendors from the Pearl market on Saturday.

It was inspiring to see how one strong market spurs others in the same area and I’m looking forward to visiting some of the other markets soon.  Do you frequent any of these markets?  If so, which is your favorite?   Are there other markets that I’m missing?  I’d love your help exploring San Antonio’s markets.

Other San Antonio area markets:

Main Plaza Farmers Market on Main Plaza in downtown San Antonio, this market is run by the San Antonio Food Bank, Tuesdays 10 am to 2 pm.

San Antonio Farmers Market Association operates six area markets including:

Olmos Basin, 
100 Jackson Keller (between San Pedro and McCullough), San Antonio. Open year-round. Tuesday and Saturday 7:30am – 1pm.

Leon Valley Community Center, 6427 Evers Rd, Leon Valley, TX. Open year-round. Wednesday 7:30am – 1pm. 

St. Jude Catholic Church, 130 S. San Augustine St., San Antonio. Open May – Dec. Wednesday 8am – 1pm.

San Antonio Botanical Gardens, 555 Funston Place, San Antonio. Open May- Dec. Thursday 8am – 1pm.

St. Matthews Catholic Church, 11121 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX. Open year-round. Friday 8am – 1pm.

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