South Austin Popular Culture Center
"...South by Southwest has completely taken over Austin, so naturally it has commandeered the Farmers Market Report as well!..."
"...There is so much news this week that I am freaking out! The absolutely biggest news this week is that a new farmers market is opening!..."
"...There is a lot going on this weekend at the Farmers’ Markets, by which I mean, winter vegetables are still producing nicely, and the spring produce is finally arriving in earnest...."
"...Fruitful Hills Farm has beaten all the other farmers to the punch, and brought the first zucchini and yellow crookneck squash of the season to last week’s market, and they have more to bring this Saturday (Sunset Valley and Barton Creek)...."
"...After the week’s cold weather, the farmers’ markets will be dominated by cold-loving green vegetables – broccoli, broccoli rabe, fennel, cabbage, spinach, Swiss chard, and kale – along with root vegetables, like carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, potatoes, and onions...."
"...Nothing can weather overnight temperature shifts like cabbage, and all our Farmers’ Markets have lots of beautiful red and green cabbages. There’s nothing like German red cabbage, simmered with tart apples and cider vinegar...."
"...Those young stalks of rhubarb pictured above are from the STAR table at the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market, and Mr. Star says that he will have even more this Saturday..."
"...Lately, I usually buy my tomatoes at the Downtown SFC Market, but this week I waited to buy on Sunday from South Star of Texas at the Bluebonnet Market. These tomatoes are grown in greenhouses out in Marfa, Texas, and have a really wonderful color, deep red all the way through..."
"...Simmons Family Farm was the first to display tomatillos and jalapenos together, but if I remember correctly Johnson’s Backyard Garden comes in strong with the tomatillos too. Dai Dui Butcher Shop, which sells at the Downtown Market in Republic Square, will be selling their special Chorizo Verde this Saturday, their most popular sausage. It’s made with Ground Full Quiver pork is mixed with a puree of fresh cilantro, poblano peppers, jalapenos, fresh oregano and spices..."
"...Since winter has been hanging on so long this year, really making us wait for change to spring vegetables, I thought I would write about the great variety of pastured meats available to us at our local farmers’ markets. Texas is a ranching state, and we are blessed with numerous small, local ranching operations that have been quick to change to healthier, more humane, sustainable models. [image-1] Pastured meats come from animals raised out-of-doors, grazing on grass and able to walk about..."
"...To make it even more magical, a few spring crops like sweet corn, pea shoots, and strawberries will be at the farmers’ markets, too. [image-1] Although I reported last week that Farmer John from 2 Happy Children Farm would have sweet corn, he had to postpone for a week. Actually this weekend will be the final weekend for his miracle sweet corn (Barton Creek Farmers Market and Cedar Park Farmers Market).2 Happy Children will also have gorgeous sweet peppers, lettuce, pie pumpkins and butternuts...."
"...This week at the markets you will be sure to find sweet peppers, lettuce, butternut squash, carrots, okra, sweet potatoes, and sweet Texas 1015 onions...."
"...Flowers are entering their finest season in Central Texas, and it is now possible to get amazing locally grown bouquets at all the markets. Prices range from $7-15, and you can’t get fresher, longer-lasting flowers anywhere...."
"...The local greenhouse tomatoes are pouring into the Farmers’ Markets, and here is the photographic evidence. These are the heirloom tomatoes sold on Sundays at the Bluebonnet Farmers’ Market at the South Star of Texas table...."
"...Although initially Farmer Caskey and the Lightsey Farms believed that this years crop would hold out until Labor Day, last weekend was the end of the season. Peaches are gone from all area Farmers markets..."
"...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)...."
"...Though the weather is going to be bitter on Saturday and Sunday mornings, the farmers and other vendors are likely to be there, because many had last weekend off. The Cedar Park Farmers Market and the Mueller Farmers Market were closed for Thanksgiving weekend, so those folks are going to be very motivated to show up, as they have two weeks worth of produce to sell..."
"...The first melons of the year are beginning to come in. Two Happy Children Farm will be bringing the first cantaloupes of the season to the Barton Creek Market and the Cedar Park Market this Saturday..."
"...These are the pears you want to use for making a pear pie, canned pears, a rustic pear tart, pear bread, pear butter, or anything where pears are cooked. The sweet supermarket Bartlett pears are great for eating out of hand, but try to cook with them and you end up with a soppy mess, they are just too juicy..."
"...The quality and variety of produce at the farmers’ markets is unparalleled right now. Asparagus, young spinach, golden beets, bunching onions, strawberries, baby carrots, celery tops, radishes, kale, parsnips, lettuces, and more are all vigorous and without blemish...."