Locally sourced produce, dairy, meats, wine and more can be found at farmers markets and farm stands in Southwest Austin and the surrounding region. Area nonprofits, such as the Sustainable Food Center, work with local communities to host these weekly events.
Barton Creek Farmers Market[/caption]
Barton Creek Farmers Market
Types of items/produce sold: fresh, local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables; meats; dairy products; and artisan-prepared foods, such as salt-brine pickles, gourmet jarred food, gluten-free and regular baked goods
Regular vendors: Cake de Chez Nous, Full Quiver Farms, Garbo Lobster, Gray Gardens, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, New Bread Rising, Nile Valley Tea, Richardson Farms, Royal Indian Food, Sock Club, Vital Farms, and more
Special features of the market: live music and a children’s music hour every Saturday from 10:10-11:11 a.m. led by Mr. Bus Driver Man Sir and Her; petting zoo on third Saturday; dogs on leashes allowed
Barton Creek Mall
2901 S. Capital of Texas Hwy., Austin
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Dripping Springs Farmers Market[/caption]
Dripping Springs Farmers Market
Types of items/produce sold: produce, dairy, gourmet prepared foods, meat products, wine, olive oils, desserts, jewelry and accessories, and more
Regular vendors: Austin Fine Jewelry, Blanco Cowboy Kettle Corn, Dripping Springs Chocolate Co., Fitzhugh Creek Farms LLC, Hays County Master Gardeners, Onion Creek Farm, Texas Hill Country Olive Co. and more
Special features of the market: live music; speakers; and special events, such as the Tomato Roundup on June 24, in which guests can sample a variety of tomatoes and enter contests
Veterans Memorial Park, Hwy. 290 and RR 12,
Dripping Springs • 512-858-4725
Hours: Wed. 3-6 p.m.
Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market[/caption]
Sustainable Food Center’s Sunset Valley Farmers’ Market
Types of items/produce sold: produce, dairy, honey, ready-to-eat foods, desserts, olives, art and more
Regular vendors: Austin Gelato Co., Austin Honey Co., Bradshaw Farm, Esperanza Farm, Flintrock Hill Farm, Happy Vegan Baker, Hairston Creek Farm, Hemp 360, Indian Hills Farm, Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Natural Champion Farm, Yard To Market Co-op, and more
Special features of the market: live music and interactive activities such as yoga and cooking classes or demonstrations
Toney Burger Center
3200 Jones Road, Sunset Valley
Hours: Sat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wimberley Farmers Market[/caption]
Worth the trip
Wimberley Farmers Market
Types of items/produce sold: seasonal fruits and vegetables, goat cheese, grass-fed beef, coffee and more
Regular vendors: Bell Springs Products, D’s Roastery, EIEIO Organic Farm, Goodies A-Go-Go, Oma and Opa’s Farm, Ragels Ziegenhof Goat Cheese, Ward’s Grassfed Beef and Natural Pork, Wholesome Harvest Farms
Special features of the market: vendors must produce, make or grow all products; no resale allowed
Wimberley Community Center,
14068 RR 12, Wimberley
Wed., 3-6 p.m.
Sustainable Food Center Farm Stand[/caption]
Managed by the Sustainable Food Center and GO Austin!/¡ VAMOS Austin!, farm stands are resident-run markets strategically located in areas easily walkable by residents of the community.
Fresh produce from local Central Texas farmers is sold at a reduced price, making it more affordable than the traditional farmers’ market.
Farm stands offer seasonal produce which are sourced through Johnson’s Backyard Garden, a community-supported agriculture operation in East Austin.
Guests to the market will often find fruits and vegetables such as carrots, beets, lettuce, cilantro, onions, grapefruit, spinach, kale, potatoes, zucchini and squash. Produce offerings are dependent on seasonality, so what is available changes from month to month.
Most stands accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and Women, Infants and Children benefits. The Double Dollars program is also offered at most farm stands, wherein the SFC will match SNAP and WIC benefits up to $30 per family each week.
Farm stands located on school sites are closed during school holidays and summer vacation.
Cunningham Middle School
2200 Berkeley Ave., Austin
Hours: Tue. 2-4 p.m.
Dove Springs Recreation Center
5801 Ainez Drive, Austin
Hours: Sat. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Odom Elementary School
1010 Turtle Creek Blvd., Austin
Hours: Thu. 1:30-3:30 p.m.
St. Elmo Road
4320 S. Congress Ave., Austin
Hours: Wed. 4-6 p.m.