It’s not uncommon to see lines of Austin locals sampling the fresh delicacies available at fresh food markets – products vary from free-range eggs to organic popsicles. Keeping with Austin tradition, these food markets focus on healthy production models and are a go-to for sourcing organic, environmentally friendly ingredients. Visit our top 10 favorite food markets to do your grocery shopping the Texas way.
For a less-crowded way to get a farmers’ market fix, swing by the market days at the Boggy Creek Farm in East Austin, where local owners Larry and Carol Ann serve freshly harvested produce. The farm, open to customers between Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., houses produce grown on-site as well as at the Milam County Farm, located 75 miles northeast of Austin. The produce is harvested the day before or that morning – some varieties may even be harvested during the market, according to demand. Fresh food is always a staple here, and is great for those looking to beat the two-week cycle of supermarket producers.
Boggy Creek Farm, 3414 Lyons Road, Austin, TX, USA , +1 512 926 4650
Owned and operated by the same organization that runs the Mueller Market (below), the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market boasts an equally impressive selection of producer-only vendors offering ethnic foods, locally made teas, and delicious cheeses. The vendors who serve the public at the Cedar Park Farmers Market often have their farms inspected by the Texas Farmers’ Market, who ensure that ethical and safe growing practices are being utilized. If you want to know more about where your food comes from, this market may be for you — the Cedar Park Farmers’ Market will only host vendors who are upfront and honest about their growing practices, as well as about whether or not a food is organic. Stop by every Saturday at Lakeline Mall in Cedar Park between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The HOPE Farmers’ Market in East Austin aims to elevate regional food habits by providing innovative community programming to locals. Held in the cultural Plaza Saltillo, the market celebrates healthy eating and provides a diverse selection of foods, artisans, artists, educational programs and music. The HOPE Farmers’ market even offers small business mentoring programs and collaborations to help grow the local economy.
HOPE Farmers Market, 412 Comal Street, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 553 1832
For a different type of food market check out the Phoenicia Bakery and Deli which carries a global selection of food with an emphasis on Mediterranean goods. Phoenicia bakes fresh bread and pastries each day, such as pita bread and baklava. The focus of this market was originally to provide a location for foreign customers to find goods they would use in their native countries, but has now expanded into a way for chefs and families to source fresh ingredients and find unique products. Phoenicia is best noted for a multilingual and friendly staff who can special-order items that are not generally stocked.
Located in the historic Republic Square Park, the SFC Farmers’ Market – Downtown, sponsored by Sustainable Food Center (SFC), is one of the city’s most prominent food markets, and a destination for locals and tourists alike. The SFC Farmers’ Market is the largest certified growers-only market in the state. This market is great for families with kids due to the fun-park atmosphere and the live musicians that perform during the operating hours. Snack on a Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops to beat the Austin heat.