How do you spend a typical weekend morning? Is it spent with a passion for food and all things local? If you answered YES then I may have a lot in common with you!

Since 2007 I’ve been going to the Farmers Market. The Fall is the best time of year to find in-season Arugula, Bok Choi, Chard, Okra, Sweet Potatoes and more.

My favorite part is the FREE samples with foods that I didn’t think I would like but have grown to love!

When I first became a Mom I had this idea that my twins’ would share this same love of mine. My twins’ don’t enjoy it as much as I do. But we keep going and if nothing else it is educational.  It’s also a great way to get your kids involved. Let them pick out something new to try!

The Farmers Market has become a favorite place to buy more than just fruits and vegetables. You can also find Fresh Bread, Cookies, Dairy Products, Dog Treats, Granola Butter, Goat Cheese, Homemade Jerky, Honey, Jewelry, Kefir, Lavender Soap, Meat, Pasta, Pickles, Popsicles, Salsa, Vinegar, and Breakfast Tacos! Sprinkle in a few artists, food trucks, and musicians and it feels just like a Party!

The friendly people you will meet under the tents are not just selling something. The people want to be there to share their goods with the local community. Speaking with them I learn something new each week as well.

Did you know peeling carrots removes the nutrients located just under the skin? 

Try to eat carrots raw to receive the most nutrients. Gently scrub carrots under running water and cut into sticks. It is a positive shopping experience that keeps me coming back each week. What you’ll need: Grab comfy shoes, a hat, a reusable shopping bag, some cash (most vendors now accept credit cards) and water.

Here are some of the best Fall Farmers Markets in no particular order.

Barton Creek Mall Farmers Market

  • Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Plenty of Free Parking, Downtown Views, Live Music, Kid Friendly

SFC Farmers Market Downtown

  • Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Republic Square Park
  • Parking is Free at metered spots until 11 a.m.

SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley

  • Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Toney Burger Center
  • Imagination Playground Blocks for kids, Plenty of Free Parking Toney Burger Parking Lot, Café Seating, ATM on-site, Live Music

Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline

  • Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Lakeline Mall Drive
  • Free parking, Check website for on-site dog grooming, So Many Vendors!  Free composting is available.

Texas Farmers Market at Mueller (my personal favorite)

  • Across the pond from The Thinkery Children’s Museum
  • Sunday’s 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. & Wednesday’s 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Bring a small stroller.  The walking space is compact compared to the other markets.  Free parking on the street, Live music, and Taco Deli

HOPE Farmers Market

  • At Plaza Saltillo
  • Sunday’s 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Live Music, Food Trucks, and Free Yoga!

What is your favorite item to snag at a Farmer’s Market?


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