Farmers Market Report: December 15
Let's take a look at the Sunday markets!
By Kate Thornberry,
8:00AM, Sat. Dec. 15, 2012
I don’t want to bum anybody out, but I think we have just had the driest November in the history of the Republic of Texas, and we are working on the driest December, so any Rain God Praising you might do will be very much appreciated here’s hoping we shall get to do it! (Even drizzle is better than nuthin’)
I hinted in this space last week that I have decided to change my reporting “beat”, and cover all of the weekend Austin farmers markets (sorry Cedar Park, you are a different town). That means, the Downtown SFC Market, the Barton Creek Farmers Market, the Sunset Valley Farmers Market, the HOPE Farmers Market, the Mueller Farmers Market, and the new Highland Mall Farmers Market. The first three are in Saturday mornings from 9am-1pm, and the latter three are on Sunday mornings from 10am-2pm.
In my imagination, I have a vague plan to alternate weeks, shopping on Saturday one week and Sunday the next, but in all likelihood I will probably just end up either doing whatever is convenient for me, or, going to them all every week because of the siren lure of the various vendors. Every market has it’s unique vendors for instance, Peach Creek Farm only does Downtown; Blanco Valley Chips only does Barton Creek (ditto for Full Quiver Farms and Dad’s Granola!); Pure Luck Goat Cheese only does Mueller; Peeler Farms Chicken only does the HOPE market you can see the obvious result. Sometimes I am just going to have to go to them all.Boggy Creek Farm. For those who aren’t deeply steeped in Austin Organic Farming History, Boggy Creek Farm practically singlehandedly started the sustainable organic farmer model here in Austin, originally setting up a farmstand in front of Wiggie’s Liquor on West 6th, and eventually selling from their actual farm in East Austin every Saturday and Wednesday mornings (which they are still doing). But due to medical bills and a need for a little extra cash flow, Boggy Creek Farm has begun selling at the Mueller Market as well. Carol Ann and Larry from Boggy Creek are genuine food and farming celebrities, it’s a thrill to see them (and their lettuce, which is so fresh and perky all the other lettuce looks wilted in comparison). Lamba’s Royal Indian Foods, where you can purchase freshly made Naan. What a great idea! I frequently cook Indian food at home, but I must admit I fall short of baking my own naan too. What could be more convenient than buying fresh naan in the morning and making Indian that night! Awesome. Texas Hill Country Olive Company, selling their premium extra-virgin olive oil. If you want to be sure you are getting fresh, health-supporting olive oil, you can’t be surer than buying the local product. We are very fortunate to have one of the only two climates that will sustain olive trees (the other is California) in the US; if you haven’t tried a Texas Olive oil, you are in for an awakening, trust me.
The Highland Mall market is coming along; although the organizers of the Mueller Market signed up quite a few of the most desirable vendors (Jesse Griffiths, I am looking at you!), the Highland Mall market has that one commodity that all desire: sufficient, one might even say ample, parking. (I am probably not the first shopper who, daunted by having to schlep a mile over rough terrain to get to Mueller, have blown it off. Because all the spaces within a mile are taken.) In addition to parking, the Highland Market has Mill-King Dairy, Richardson Farms (beef and pork), and Brownson “Rocking B” Ranch (beef and goat).
In the fruit department, it is citrus time! Johnson’s Backyard Garden is selling organic oranges and ruby red grapefruits from the Rio Grande Valley (all markets), and juicy plump tangerines will be on hand from Orange Blossom Farm (Barton Crek and SFC Downtown).
See you at the markets!