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Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in Grocery, Guest Posts | 0 comments

10 Best Farmers Markets in Texas

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Shopping at a farmers market is a great way to not only get the freshest produce but also bypass the extra cost of suppliers. By purchasing food directly from the farmer who grows it, you’re helping to support the environment as well as the local business community. Check out these 10 best farmers markets in Texas to visit this year:

1. SFC Farmers Market Downtown: Austin

Whether you’re a long time Austin resident or new to the area, this market has something for you! Located downtown, the Sustainable Food Center (SFC) Farmers Market offers more than 100 vendors to choose from. Only producers are allowed to set up shop at the market, so you can be sure that you’re getting freshly grown fruits and vegetables. You’ll find them open on Saturdays from 9am-1pm at Republic Square.

2. Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline: Cedar Park

This favorite farmer’s market is located on Lakeline Mall Drive and is open every Saturday from 9am-1pm, despite the weather. The market provides a lot of delicious food as well as enough space to walk around with the whole family. If you’ve got a green thumb, you’ll want to check out this market’s community composting.

3. Texas Farmers Market at Mueller: Austin

Located in an old airport hangar, the Texas Farmers Market at Mueller provides the perfect amount of shade on a hot Texas afternoon. This market is open on Wednesdays from 5pm-8pm and on Sundays from 10am-2pm. You’ll find plenty of vendors as well as several kid-friendly activities.

4. Grand Prairie Farmers Market: Grand Prairie

This Dallas suburb sees a lot of action on Saturday mornings at the Market Square in Grand Prairie. From candles to tamales and everything in between, the Grand Prairie Farmers Market has just what you’ve been searching for. Stop by any weekend from late March through early December.

5. Coppell Farmers Market: Coppell

This year-round market is held on Saturdays from 8am-12pm in Old Town Coppell underneath a pavilion. You’ll find a wide range of vendors that offer fresh produce, dog treats, and baked goods from a variety of small farms in the area.

6. Dallas Farmers Market: Dallas

The largest farmers market on the list is the Dallas Farmers Market located downtown. This market offers two locations: The Market Shops and the Shed. The Market Shops are a covered indoor market that is open 7 days a week and features artisanal vendors. The Shed is the open-air market that meets on Friday-Sunday for an authentic farmer’s market experience.

7. Urban Harvest East Side Farmers Market: Houston

One of Houston’s few farmers markets, Urban Harvest East Side is bustling with both vendors and customers every Saturday from 8am-12pm. There is a bountiful provision of farm fresh eggs, wine, produce, honey, and artisan cheeses as well as other unique products.

8. El Centro De Laredo Farmers Market: Laredo

This twice-monthly market features two different locations with vendors that all live within a 200-mile radius of Laredo. You’ll find plenty of fresh produce, artisan bread, and tasty food at each market. Check them out on the 1st Saturday of the month at the San Agustin Plaza and at the Veterans Memorial Jarvis Plaza on the 3rd Saturday of the month. Both markets are open from 9am-1pm.

9. Dripping Springs Farmers Market: Austin

Located just 12 miles outside of Austin, the Dripping Springs Farmers Market was recently ranked as one of the best markets in the country. This market is known for friendly vendors who are happy to answer your questions about their items. Did we mention that there’s live music?

10. Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market: Waxahachie

Open from April to October, this downtown farmers market features local producers and vendors selling items such as jams, jellies and hand made goods. The market regularly hosts special events including chili cookoffs. There is even an infamous “tamale guy” that attracts a huge crowd as well.

No matter where you are in the Lone Star state, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to support the local community and stock your kitchen with fresh produce from these farmers markets. Consider stopping by or taking a trip to all of them to enjoy the natural bounty that is offered.

 Mike Fitzgerald is an outdoor living expert and explorer with his sidekick dog, Champion. When he’s not traveling to nature’s most well-known beauty spots, he tends to the greenery surrounding his home. 

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