Do512 Family editor, Jamie Jett, had a chance to check out a very family-friendly and delicious food trailer yard in North Austin. The NATY (North Austin Trailer Yard) not only has some delicious grub, it also plays host to some fun weekly events. Every Saturday, the Funkytonk Farmers’ Market and the FunkyJunk Flea set up shop at The NATY, making an already great locale an even more exciting destination. Here is Jett’s rundown of the event…
The NATY is a new(er) trailer yard in North Austin off of Anderson Ln. and 183. There are currently two trailers on the grounds, Snarkys and The Purple Tongue. Snarky’s serves up some primo, fairly-priced sandwiches and creative, gourmet doughnuts, while the Purple Tongue serves up Louisiana shaved ice with natural flavors made from real fruit, along with nitrate-free sausages and hot dogs. They also have veggie kielbasa and kid dogs!
My son and I went with Snarkys. The little one picked the Caramel Apple Delight doughnut, while I had the Pig in a Prom Dress sandwich AND the Brunch doughnut, because I don’t give a heck about crud. All of it was amazing!
The Brunch doughnut was topped with bacon, maple syrup and whipped peanut butter. A sweet and savory brunch indeed! The little guy’s doughnut was topped with a cream cheese icing, caramel sauce, pecans and sweet apples. He loved it! The Pig in a Prom Dress was filled with roasted pork, smoked ham, bacon and habanero peach jelly. The jelly gave the perfectly cooked meat a nice, smooth kick. It sounded like a heavy choice for early in the day, but the portion was just right.
After stuffing our faces, we perused the farmers’ market. Funkytonk Farmers’ Market is on its third weekend at The NATY and the people are loving it. Open from 9 am – 1 pm ,the market sells goods from Johnson’s Backyard Garden, the South Star of Texas, Bikkurim Farms and more. All of these farms are fresh, organic, local and generally awesome. We talked to just about every farmer there and they are all passionate about what they do and the goods they are selling. A lot of love goes into everything they do, so give some back, you won’t regret it!
There is also a great Kid’s Zone as part of the market, that rotates interesting activities each week. While we were there, the Earth Native Wilderness School was set up. They had a table of animal skins, bones, fur and a “Guess What’s Inside” box where you could feel different objects like tortoise shells and bones and try to guess what they were. They demonstrated how to build a fire without matches or a lighter, played games with the kids, fed us plants that are easily scavenged and were open to answering any and all questions about what they do. It was very interesting and a great addition to the market.
The FunkyJunk Flea Market sets up in the parking lot next to The NATY and is open from 9 am – 3 pm every Saturday. The market features local vendors selling antiques, vintage clothing, re-purposed furniture, jewelry and arts and crafts by artisan designers.
Some other interesting tidbits… The market was also selling plants from S.O.L. Nursery. This nursery sells avocado and mango plants, along with other plants that you thought you would never grow at your Texas home! Since avocado plants can take 15 – 20 years to mature and bear fruit, they use a technique called grafting where they fuse a mature plant to a newer plant to cut this time drastically. You can purchase medium-large plants for $60 – $120. S.O.L. Nursery is very popular at the market, be sure to stop by! They’re there every other weekend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The NATY also has a play area for kids with a small playscape and some toys. And it’s fenced in, which will reduce your chances of freaking out by, like, a million. They also have a Kid’s Show every Sunday at 11 am with live music and other specialty kid’s programming.
The NATY is awesome, go there. They were so happy to see us, they gave us a coupon to offer our readers! To redeem, Like The NATY’s Facebook page and then show ’em the coupon.
– J Jett