Everything you need to know about Austin’s Farmers’ Markets

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I truly feel blessed to live in a city that has so many great farmer’s markets at my dispose. Just about any day of the week there is a market open to get those farm fresh goodies you have been craving…rain or shine I might add! What’s your favorite market?

I’m going to list and talk about these by area, enjoy!

Photo Courtesy of: Johnson’s Backyard Garden

♦South Austin’s Markets:

Barton Creek Farmers Market 

Hours: Saturdays

9:00am to 1:00pm rain or shine.

Location: On the back side of the Barton Creek Square mall parking lot overlooking the city—at the intersection of S. Loop 1 (Mopac) and S. Capital of Texas Highway (Loop 360). 

Details:

This is a great market that’s fun for the whole family and your pups! They carry a wide range of locally raised meats, locally grown produce, internationally prepared food, artisan breads and baked goods, as well as artisan crafts and gifts.

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valle

Hours: Saturdays

Open Year-Round, Rain or Shine
9 am to 1 pm September – April

8:30 am to 12:30 pm May – August

Location:

3200 Jones Road, at the Toney Burger Center
Plenty (17 acres!) of free parking
Off Hwy. 290/71 eastbound access road, just east of the intersection of Brodie Lane and Hwy. 290/71 East Follow signs for the parking area (plenty!)

Details:

  • Dog freindly
  • This market has plenty of great finds, a few of my favorites are:

Austin Sea Veggies

Oma’s and Opa’s Farm

Pate Letelier

Photo Courtesy of :Rebeccamendations

South Austin Farmers Market

Hours: Saturdays

8am-1pm, year round

Location:  Parking lot of El Gallo Restaraunt on South Congress Avenue, across the street from St. Edwards University.

♦Central Austin’s Markets

Hope Farmers’ Market

Hours: Sundays

11am-3pm

Location: 414 Waller St. They are located in the heart of East Austin at the historic Pine Street Station. You can find them at the corner of East 5th and Waller St, just north of the train tracks.

Details:

The Sunday HOPE Farmers Market is a weekly gathering space for the Austin community to share:

  • fresh vegetables and healthy prepared food
  • artistic creations and live music
  • wellness workshops
  • community organizations and volunteer opportunities

SFC Market Downtown

Hours: Saturdays
9 am to 1 pm September – April

8:30 am to 12:30 pm May – August

Location: 400 W. Guadalupe, Republic Square Park
Plenty of free parking at surface lot next door and State Parking garage across the street.

Details:

  • Meats, produce, prepared foods, and artisan goods
  • Dog Friendly
  • Live music
Photo courtesy of: Melanie Haupt
Photo Courtesy of: From Maggies Farm

♦North Austin Markets

SFC – Triangle

Hours: Wednesdays

Open Year-Round, Rain or Shine
March – September, 4 pm to 8 pm
October – February, 3 pm to 7 pm

Location:

4600 Lamar (46th Street and Lamar), Triangle Park at The Triangle
Plenty of free parking at surface lot next door and The Triangle retail parking garage down the street.

Details:

  • Meats, produce, prepared foods, and artisan goods
  • Dog Friendly
  • Live music
Photo Courtesy of: SFC Owner

SFC – East Austin

Hours: Tuesdays OPENS MARCH 20th 2012

Open Year-Round, Rain or Shine  10 am to 1 pm

Location:

51st and Hwy 183 – YMCA East Communities Branch – 5315 Ed Bluestein
Plenty of free parking in the Y Parking lot and overflow parking near the golf center.

Details:

This market — and only this market – has a Double Dollar Incentive Program/Doble Dolares Programa. Come purchase $10 in fruits and vegetables with your SNAP – Lone Star Card, or your WIC Lone Star Card cash benefits f/v, and the Market Information booth coordinator will give you $10 DDIP / Doble Dolares money to spend on more fruits and vegetables. We will match your fruit and vegetable purchases every week!

There will be at least 10 fruit and vegetable farmers at this market on a regular basis, along with meats, eggs, cheese, honey, plants, and breakfast/lunch food vendors for a quick coffee and scone, or healthy lunch.

♦Cedar Park and More

Cedar Park Farms to Market

Hours: Saturdays

9am-1pm year round rain or shine

Location:

Lakeline Mall Parking Lot – Behind Sears and Dillard’s

Details:

This is my market (I live in Lago Vista). I love the variety here, it’s really great.

Some of my favorites are:

Johnson’s Backyard Garden ( I do a CSA with them and it’s great).

Smith and Smith Farms

CountrySide Farm Products

K & S Seafood

Razor Sharp will be there sharpening knives and tools.

Round Rock

Georgetown Farmers Market

Hours: Saturdays

8am- Noon the first Saturday in April, (4-7-12), through the week before Thanksgiving, November,(11-17-12), in the Scott & White Hospital Parking Lot at the corner of Oakmont & Univ.

Locations:

SEE WEBSITE FOR CURRENT LOCATION

Here are some great recipes using local farm fresh ingredients, enjoy! 

33 responses »

  1. You have so many options! How delightful that must be! We have plenty to choose from, but in such a wide area they’re not necessarily that accessible. Aren’t we fortunate to have such abundance of good farm fresh food! Debra

  2. I am green with jealousy! We do not have a good farmers market close to us. It is the first thing we do when we go overseas, find the markets 🙂

  3. are Texas chilies as good as those that grow in New Mexico? I’m sure there are, but thought I’d ask someone in Texas – my sister does live in San Antonio 🙂

    great farmer markets – there are truck farms on the DEL-MAR-VA peninsula (Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) hundreds of miles of fresh vegetables.

    David in Maine USA

  4. I wouldn’t recognize Austin. Growing up in Texas, we went on a lot of vacations there when I was young. I definitely need to take a trip back sometime…it is such a happening town.

  5. It’s fab that you have so many markets to hand, you’re very lucky! I miss my wet markets of SE Asia but I have a small farmer’s market near where I leave now in the UK and I love it!

  6. Nice wrap up! I wish one of the south ones was open later, I always miss all the good stuff by the time I get over there.

  7. I’m so glad you included the SFC Farmers’ Market East! It’s so new that it’s great it made it to this group. Peach season has officially started at the markets this week!

  8. I’ve been to the Round Rock market and Barton Creek market a few times. Last time I was at RR it was still held in the city hall parking garage with a handful of vendors. I hope to catch them at the new location (and time!) soon. Barton Creek is always busy, I bought mushrooms and Confituras strawberry vanilla jam a few weeks ago, both delicious.

    There’s yet another place to check out… Angel Valley Farm has a Wednesday farm stand at Jollyville/Bell Ave from 10 – 2pm, rain or shine. Then another on Saturdays closer to the farm, 9:00-1:00 in Jonestown on FM 1431 at the blinking yellow light. I love the produce and they have reasonable prices since they do it all themselves. Farmer John will answer any questions you have 🙂

    Cheers!

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