Fresh Finds for New Residents
Must-Visit Farmers Markets
Published on: June 12, 2024
Fresh produce on an outdoor table with a chalkboard sign that says locally grown.

Just moved to Austin and craving a taste of local goodness? Dive into the thriving farmers market scene, a fantastic way to experience fresh produce, artisan goods, and the friendly Austin community. From award-winning selections to unique farm-to-table experiences, here’s a guide to some must-visit farmers markets for newcomers.

Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller (Sundays)

Voted Austin’s favorite for ten years running this market is a local institution. Held every Sunday, it boasts over 120 vendors, with 40% being agricultural producers. Expect a bounty of seasonal fruits and vegetables, all grown within 150 miles, ensuring peak freshness, and supporting nearby farms. Foodies will love the selection of grass-fed meats, local honey, and artisan cheeses. The market prides itself on being producer-only, meaning you’re buying directly from the farmers themselves. Plus, with fun activities for kids on the second Sunday of every month, it’s a great spot for a family outing.

Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Markets (Saturdays)

Operated by the non-profit Sustainable Food Center, these markets prioritize local, organic produce and sustainability. Choose between two locations: Downtown Austin for an urban market experience and Sunset Valley for a more relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Both offer a wide array of seasonal produce, alongside locally raised meats, eggs, and dairy products. They also feature prepared foods from local vendors, perfect for grabbing a delicious and healthy lunch. Committed to community building, these markets offer live music and even accept SNAP benefits, making fresh food accessible to everyone.

Barton Creek Farmers Market (Saturdays)

Nestled near the Barton Creek Greenbelt, this market offers stunning views alongside fresh produce. Here, you’ll find a diverse range of vendors selling everything from seasonal vegetables and locally sourced meats to fresh-baked bread and handcrafted jewelry. This market is a great option if you’re looking for a one-stop shop for groceries and unique gifts. Plus, with the Barton Creek Square Mall nearby, you can cool off or grab a bite to eat after browsing the market.

Boggy Creek Farm Market (Wednesdays thru Saturdays)

For a truly unique experience, head to Boggy Creek Farm. This isn’t just a market; it’s a working urban farm where you can see sustainable agriculture practices firsthand. Shop for seasonal vegetables and fresh-laid eggs grown right on-site, alongside cheese, mushrooms, and meats from neighboring farms. Committed to ethical and sustainable practices, Boggy Creek Farm encourages visitors to bring reusable bags to reduce plastic waste.

These are just a taste of the many fantastic farmers markets Austin has to offer. With their friendly atmosphere and fresh, local products, Austin’s farmers markets are a delightful way for newcomers to get acquainted with the city and its dedication to fresh, sustainable food. So, grab your reusable tote bag and explore the local bounty. Remember, market days and vendors can vary, so it’s always a good idea to check the website or social media pages of your chosen market before heading out.