Farmers Market Report: September 28-29, 2013

Meat Fest at the HOPE Market on Sunday, and maybe a little rain

Okra will be winding down over the next few weeks, so the time to enjoy it is now
by Kate Thornberry

Saturday morning promises to be chillier than most recent mornings and possibly even rainy. Rainy mornings are some of the best for markets, because it is not too crowded and all the produce stays crisp and perky. Rain usually puts the farmers in a good mood, too.

Dewberry Hill Farm (Really Good Chicken) will only be at the Sunset Valley Market this Saturday.

Bell peppers from Fruitful Hill Farm
Sweet bell peppers are beginning to hit their stride right about now, so it is a great time to make Italian sausage and peppers. As luck would have it (and I mean good luck), Dai Due Butcher Shop is selling sweet Italian sausage this week ($12/lb.) Jesse Griffiths and company also have Sweet Potato Sausage this weekend ($12/lb.), made with pork, sweet potatoes, and sweet potato greens.

Ottmer's fabulous tomatoes
by Kate Thornberry
Dai Due will be at the Downtown SFC Farmers Market on Saturday, but will not be at the Mueller market this Sunday, September 29. So if you are thinking of Dai Due for breakfast or lunch at the market, Downtown is where you want to be.

Breakfast and Lunch at the Market

Sprouted Wheat Pancake with apples, persimmons, pecan butter, and Country Style breakfast sausage; Sweet Potato Poutine with Mill-King curds, brown gravy, chorizo, and a fried duck egg; Roast Beef Sandwich with peppers, onions, Pepperjack cheese, and mayonnaise; Barbacoa Taco with nopales and peanut salsa; Horchata, and Cafe a la Olla


Dai Due will not be at either market the weekend of October 5-6, so you might need to stock up this Saturday on essentials like breakfast sausage ($9/lb.) or bread and butter pickles ($8/jar). To pre-order from Dai Due, click here.

Honey in the comb from Austin Honey Company (Barton Creek Market)
It is MEAT FEST at the HOPE Farmers Market this Sunday! All of HOPE’s meat vendors will be highlighted, and the Seedling Truck will be serving a special Snout-to-Tail menu. Windy Hill Farm, the premier goat meat vendor in town, will be offering discounts, as well.

Gorgeous chiles at the HOPE Market
by Kate Thornberry

Used to be, there were Texas French Bread locations all over town. Now, you have to go to the flagship store on 29th Street, or the Sunset Valley Farmers Market on Saturday morning to get their superior breads. TFB makes absolutely the very best ciabatta in town, and lately it has been available is both plain and Rosemary.

Ciabatta and Rosemary Ciabatta from Texas French Bread (Sunset Valley)
by Kate Thornberry
Although it is not strictly a farmers' market vendor, the Downtown outlet of Con'Olio Oils & Vinegars (215 Lavaca), which is located about a block from the downtown SFC Market, has just gotten in some of the newly pressed olive oils from the Southern Hemisphere. If you need to pick up some fabulous EVOO to sauté your farmers' market buys in, stop in and take the time to taste a few of the freshest EVOOs available in Austin. The experience is like tasting wines from around the world, when all you have ever tasted before is boxed rosé.

See you at the markets!

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