Farmers Market Report: June 29-30, 2013
Watermelon, cantaloupe, okra, jalapeños
By Kate Thornberry, 11:05AM, Fri. Jun. 28
By the time I got to the 2 Happy Children Farm table last week, the cantaloupes were all sold out; this week, there should be enough to last all day. They will also have seedless watermelons (Barton Creek Market and Cedar Park Market).
Farmer Johnson (have you seen the gigantic billboard on South Lamar that says Barton Creek Farmers Market and shows a farmer standing in a field? That’s Farmer Johnson) has personal size watermelons for sale at all area farmers markets as well.
The sweet corn has ended for all farmers except for 2 Happy Children Farm; they had abundant sweet corn last week and told me that they would have it this weekend as well. When their crop is all bought up, that will be it for the sweet corn.
Jalapeños are starting to show up too, though they won’t really hit their stride until the temperatures start to cool a little in the fall. It’s best to can them then, but at least for now there are fresh ones available for everyday cooking. Fruitful Hill Farm will have jalapeños on Saturday at Barton Creek and Sunset Valley; they will also be bringing cucumbers, onions, potatoes, eggplants, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and Italian peppers.
Barton Creek Market will have two new vendors this week: Spiral Horn Apiary, who will be selling honey, beeswax candles, and skin care products, and Tomatillo Heaven Salsa, a company making fresh salsa, each jar of which contains an entire avocado (along with tomatillos and hot peppers).
Last Saturday I finally made it over to the Funkytonk Farmers Market at the North Austin Trailer Yard at 1012 Anderson Lane. For those who live in that area, definitely check it out! Jean Kruse, owner of the market, has been promoting local farmers and food producers for some time, and this location has quite a few things going for it. For starters, the North Austin Trailer Yard (or NATY for short) has several food trailers, including Snarky’s Moo Bawk Oink (offering sandwiches, tater tot specialties, and doughnuts), and The Purple Tongue (offering traditional Louisiana-style shaved ice topped with real fruit syrups).
Every Saturday the Funkytonk Market tries to have a kid-friendly activity. This Saturday they will be having a Kid’s Kitchen Event from 9:30 to noon, featuring a class about food seasonality and a demonstration of grilling fresh vegetables and watermelon. There will also be live music and a kid’s band.
See you at the Markets!