"...Although I generally stick to the three Saturday Farmers Markets that I usually shop at (Downtown, Sunset Valley and Barton Creek), I have covered in this space a few newsworthy Farmers Market events, such as SFC opening their Tuesday Morning Market in East Austin, and the opening of the new Sunday Mueller Farmers Market...."
"...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)...."
"...The Sunday morning farmers markets are thriving in spite of the August heat. This is the time of year that the Mueller Market really benefits from the shade of the gigantic airplane hangar it nestles under..."
"...If you haven’t stocked up on roasted Hatch chiles this year, this Sunday at the HOPE Farmers Market will be your last chance. They will be roasting New Mexico Hatch chiles from Wagner Farms at the market this weekend before your very eyes; selling them for $4 a pound...."
"...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...."
"...I could get used to this alternating hot and cold weather! Especially when it involves rain. The weather is going to be gorgeous again this weekend, in the seventies with cool breezes: perfect market weather...."
"...We may have a year-round growing season, but there are very specific (and often short) times that particular items are in season. No season is as fleeting as the Texas spring; often, if you miss a market or two, you will miss the local Spring delicacies entirely...."
"...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..."
"...You may be noticing as you read this that I am changing my approach to the Farmers Market Report!..."
"...Artichokes are in! Two Happy Children Farm (Downtown) and Winfield Farm (Barton Creek) will both be bringing the season’s first artichokes to market this Saturday. Winfield Farm will also be bringing big gorgeous heads of crispy Romaine lettuce...."
"...With both Christmas and New Year’s Day falling on Tuesdays, the SFC Tuesday Market (at the YMCA at 51st and 183, 10am-1pm) was closed on 12/25, and will be closed both January 1st and January 8th. But all of the weekend markets will be happening this weekend!..."
"...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..."
"...The big news this week is that three! count ‘em three! of our Austin area farmers markets are relocating their operations this week!..."
"...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..."
"...Although I have yet to see it with my own eyes, Farmer Willie McKemie is bringing tender, young asparagus to the Barton Creek Farmers’ Market and the Mueller Farmers’ Market. You have to get there early, though..."
"...It is also citrus season. All area markets have organic oranges and ruby red grapefruits from the Rio Grande Valley, available at the Johnson’s Backyard Garden tables..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...Organic citrus has arrived at all of the Farmers’ Markets, mainly via Johnson’s Backyard Garden, which sells gigantic bags from G & S Groves out of McAllen, Texas. A few other farmers are starting to bring grapefruits, Meyer lemons, and oranges to sell from their own trees, as well...."
"...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...."
"...In recent weeks, I feel have not given enough space to the stars of the Farmers’ Markets, the vegetables...."
"...Though it is freezing today, Saturday is going to be sunny and near 70 degrees in the afternoon, if you can even believe it. These cold snaps have been very hard on area farmers; if you like the fact that Austin has Farmers’ Markets, come out this weekend and show your support...."
"...All of the markets are absolutely bursting with glorious produce this weekend...."
"...This weekend they’ll transform the expansive space inside Fair Market into a maze of murals. While your eyes are greeted by a swirl of colors and shapes, your taste buds can go on an adventure of their own with beer tastings from 10 local breweries (with 20 varieties of beer each day), including Hops & Grain, Lagunitas Brewing, Live Oak Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Independence Brewing Co., Austin Beerworks, South Austin Brewery, and more..."
"...Johnson’s Backyard Garden will be bringing a new crop of spring parsnips to market this weekend. Parsnips are very trendy these days; a white root vegetable that resembles a carrot (but sweeter), they are wonderful roasted. [image-1]..."
"...A lot of the non-root produce at the markets last weekend was looking a little frostbitten, and even the broccoli was looking a little pinched. Although it has barely gotten down to 32˚ at my house in Central Austin, there have been some hard freezes out in the country..."
"...There are numerous Easter festivities planned at the markets for the small fry, and I am hoping it will be fine enough for them to happen. How about this? Dry mornings and torrential rains overnight? It could happen! (If it does I am totally going to try to take credit.)..."
"...In general, shoppers tend to be warmly dressed, it is the poor vendors who often seem to be underdressed and shivering. (Especially at Mueller Farmers Market I think the hangar creates a wind tunnel effect or something!) Well, this weekend should be warmer! [image-1] It was difficult to say exactly what vendors would be at the markets last weekend, it being the Holidays and all..."
"...It’s the last weekend before Christmas, so all the Farmers Markets will be expanded with additional arts and crafts vendors offering awesome handmade gifts, including jewelry, handmade clothes, gorgeous pottery, and even urban chicken coops...."
"...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..."
"...Central Texas brought home six of the coveted national Good Food Awards, and several of the winners are regulars at Austin farmers markets! Congratulations to Pogue Mahone Pickles (Barton Creek Market) for their Jalapeno Mint Pickles and to Rinkon Farm’s Flume Creek Preserves, who won for their Raspberry Preserves. Other winners include Cuvee Coffee and Aunt Nita’s Homestyle Foods, who won for their Sweet Jalapeno Relish...."
"...Sugar snap peas and pea shoots are also making an appearance. These are also only around for a few weeks, so get them while you can. [image-2] Dewberry Hills Farm will not be at either market this weekend due to cool weather slowing down chicken growth..."
"...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...."
"...South by Southwest has completely taken over Austin, so naturally it has commandeered the Farmers Market Report as well!..."
"...We are back to pleasant temperatures this weekend, which will be a relief for the farmers, as the last two weekends have been challenging. This is the last weekend before Christmas, so I imagine that all the booths will be pulling out the stops, there will be lots of vendors at every market, and plenty of last minute gift items...."
"...The HOPE Farmers Market will be hosting two New Mexico natives, who are bringing a second harvest of Hatch chile peppers to Austin from Wagner Farms in Hatch. The peppers will be roasted and sold at the Market both this Sunday and next Sunday...."
"...The weather doesn’t get any better than this! Four to six inches of rain, cool (but not freezing) temperatures, and sunny and breezy to boot! This is the weather that vegetables adore, and it is still too early in the season for the bugs to be wreaking havoc. All the produce at the Farmers Markets is going to be absolutely gorgeous this weekend...."
"...The Sunday farmers markets were tough last weekend, weather-wise, due to that icy polar wind just whipping across town...."
"...They’ve been on this trail that they may stay on, which is to repeal it now, but defer the effectiveness and the replacement to some future date, just after the next election. If they pursue that, it’s clear that it will be very destabilizing, and have a big negative effect on the insurance market..."
"...After more than four years of hosting a small but lively market near East Fifth and Comal, HOPE Farmers Market is taking its act on the road with some help from local design firms Studio Modo and Drophouse Design. This month, HOPE debuts its new bike-powered farm stand, the result of a collaborative effort that promises innovation not only in its elegant design but in its model for bringing healthy food to communities most in need...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...(Sunday morning will be a little bit cooler, though still possibly damp, should you be planning to go to the HOPE Farmers Market. I went there last Sunday, and I have so much to say that I am going to have to write a whole report just about them tomorrow!)..."
"...[image-2] Speaking of greenhouse tomatoes, for the last few weeks there have been gorgeous heirloom tomatoes for sale at the Downtown SFC Market: Cherokees Purples, Green Zebras, and several other varieties, including a very large yellow and red variety that has become my favorite. Now, there is another grower with large red heirloom tomatoes selling at the Bluebonnet Farmers’ Market on Sundays..."
"...With much fanfare, the downtown Austin Farmers' Market opened at Republic Square park in May of 2003. Why did the market garner such publicity and visibility? It's not as if a farmers' market is a novel idea..."
"...K & S Seafood has some gorgeous specimens. Easy to prepare, soft shell crabs make a great sandwich: just roll in seasoned flour, fry in butter, and serve on buttered French bread. [image-2] Richardson Farms at the Barton Creek Market sets aside a small area of their table for J.J.’s Good Things: prepared mustards, hot sauces, and pickles..."
"...Probably the biggest news this week is that the SFC Markets (Downtown and Sunset Valley) now have a fishmonger! Yvonne Cavazos of Concha’s Salsas has been driving to South Texas every week to get tomatoes and peppers for her salsas. She realized what a great opportunity she had to swing by the coast and get fresh seafood to sell while she was there..."