It is no secret that I relish my trips to the farmers’ market. Even as a kid in Dallas, they were a regular occurrence on Saturday mornings. There would be occasional cases of avocados, flats of strawberries, and oranges in the winter, but we were there to get my mama’s staples for the most part – tomatoes, peppers, onions, cilantro and the beans that she would pick up from this one vendor. They were sooooo good.
The summer is what comes flashing back most. We’d be dripping in sweat and anxious to get done with our shopping so we could cut into the gigantic watermelon that we knew would be at our last stop.
Ya, Papi? – We’d say.
No se. A lo mejor, 30 minutos mas. (The less time the beast had to spend on my dad’s shoulder the better.)
At that point, I think it was the only market in town. On the edge of downtown and off 75, it still stands and has since added an air-conditioned building where local artisans peddle their jewelry, clothing and stuffs. I’m interested to see what happens to it now that it’s been sold to private developers and that there is more access to local produce around town.
Austin is lucky. We have markets almost every day of the week and all over town. My regular spots are:
Wednesdays are for the 9yo and I. We picnic. She romps. I get to sit with a book for a bit. With the stands within eye and earshot, I can send her off with a short list and some cash. Sometimes her cravings get the best of her (strawberry season) and she is left with a dollar or two for the cauliflower and greens that I am expecting, but for the most part it works well.
Once school is thrown back into the mix, Saturdays are alternated between the Sunset Valley and Downtown markets.
SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley
Sunset Valley is a quick stop every other week to pick up our CSA box. Love catching the occasional band practice in the parking lot and there are a handful festivals throughout the year that coincide with market time.
SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown
The Downtown market is a completely different from Sunset Valley – more vendors, more people, less parking, and a few more indulgences to be found. It is on those Saturdays that I find my way to my favorite donut and a cup of coffee. If the weather cooperates and parking fairies are kind, I linger till something catches my fancy much like mom and dad used to. Rainy days pair perfectly with the downtown market. 😉
Where do you like to go? Would you go as a kid or is it a new habit?