Austin has no shortage of fresh fruits and veggies. Just about any day of the week, you can head on over to a farmers market to take advantage of all the delicious in-season fruits and vegetables. While you’re there, listen to live music, sample local cheeses, browse local handmade crafts booths, let the kids create their own playgroundwatch chef demos and be proud that you are supporting local farmers and artisans. Plus, it is a great way to get kids excited about trying vegetables they’ve never tried before! Here is a breakdown of our favorite Farmers Markets in Austin:

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SUSTAINABLE FOOD CENTER

The Sustainable Food Center holds four farmer’s markets around the city. This nonprofit organization is committed to strengthening the local food system and providing access to nutritious, affordable and locally grown food. Unique to their markets is the Double Dollar Incentive Program/Doble Dolares Programa. Families that use SNAP or WIC to make their purchase will be eligible to receive up to $20 in matching funds to spend on more fruits and vegetables! 

SFC Downtown- Republic Square Park (4th and Guadalupe St.)

  • Open Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm
  • Live music
  • L’il Sprouts Activity Tent
  • Imagination Playground
  • Food samples
  • Cafe
  • ATM

SFC Sunset Valley- Toney Burger Center (3200 Jones Road, 78745) 

SFC East- MLK Blvd. and Miriam Ave.

  • Tuesdays 3 – 7 pm
  • Live music
  • Cafe
  • ATM

SFC The Triangle- 46th and Lamar

  • Wednesdays 3 – 7 pm
  • Food samples
  • Water play area
  • Picnic grounds
  • Cafe
  • ATM

 

HOPE FARMERS MARKET– East 5th & Comal

The HOPE Farmers Market is located at Plaza Saltillo in east Austin. Their aim is to increase awareness of and access to healthy food by combining farmers and local artisans with culturally significant locations. The market recently hosted the first ever “Mexico Day” celebration to highlight Austin’s sister city, Saltillo, Mexico. More events are in the works.

  • Sundays 11 am – 3 pm
  • Live music
  • Cooking/gardening demos
  • HOPE Play for kids
  • Food Trucks
  • Yoga by donation- 11 am

 

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BARTON CREEK FARMERS MARKET

The Barton Creek Farmers market has two locations. In addition to fruits and vegetables, they sell grass fed and pasture raised beef, lamb, pork and chicken as well as local un-homogenized milk and butter. They consider their market a weekly celebration of fresh, local food, live entertainment, kids activities and community. Most weeks you can even bring in your knives to be sharpened by Samurai Sharpening!

Barton Creek Square Mall- back corner of mall overlooking downtown near MoPac/ Loop 360 intersection

  • Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
  • Live music
  • Tiny Tails Petting Zoo

South Lamar & Blue Bonnet, 78704

  • Sundays 11 am – 3 pm
  • Live music
  • Tiny Tails Petting Zoo

 

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TEXAS FARMERS MARKET

The Texas Farmers market has two locations. Their goal is to provide a direct marketing opportunity for local farmers and ranchers, while educating the public about the benefits of eating seasonally and locally.

Cedar Park Lakeline Mall (11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, 78613 – between Sears and Dillard’s)

  • Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm
  • Live music
  • Chef demos
  • Kids activities

Mueller- Browning Hangar (4500 Mueller Blvd., 78723)

  • Sundays 9 am – 1 pm
  • Live music
  • Chef demos
  • Kids activities
  • Food Trucks

 

MARKET DAYS

In addition to farmers markets, a few local farms hold weekly market days. Go see exactly where your food is grown!

Boggy Creek–  3414 Lyons Road, 78702

  • Wednesday through Saturday 8 am – 1 pm
  • Self-guided farm tours
  • Chicken coup

Springdale Farm755 Springdale Road, 78702

  • Wednesday & Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
  • Hen house

 

 

 

Note: Be sure to check the market’s website or Facebook page before heading out to verify what vendors will be present!

 

— Ellie Falcao