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.
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!
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