Austin farmers markets have changed a lot since the days of the city market.
This is the name of an indoor market that opened in 1935 on the corner of East Seventh Street and what was then East Avenue, the forerunner to Interstate 35.
For nearly 20 years, Austinites bought produce from local and regional farmers seven days a week in this Art Deco concrete building that is now the Austin Police Headquarters. It was the location for early Depression-era fat stock shows and giveaways, according to Michael Barnes, a historian for the U.S. statesman, and although the store closed in 1952, it remains a landmark in the timeline of Austin’s food history.
The 1950s and 1960s were the height of the American supermarket boom, but Austin’s farm stalls and markets returned in the 1970s and 1980s, including a popular spot on Lakeshore Drive north of Riverside Drive. In 1984, the Georgetown Farmers Market Association launched the WilCo Farmer’s Market, which is currently the oldest continuously operating market in central Texas.
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In the 1990s, the Travis County Farmers ‘Market on Burnet Road was strong and the El Gallo restaurant on South Congress Avenue hosted the South Austin Farmers’ Market on Saturday morning. Whole Foods held farmers’ markets on Saturday and Wednesday in its parking lots on Research Boulevard and North Lamar Boulevard, and there were small weekly markets in communities across central Texas, from Seguin to Killeen.
In the early 2000s, the Austin farmers market scene as we know it began to take off. The Sustainable Food Center opened a downtown market in 2003, and what is now Barton Creek Farmers’ Market is thriving in Sunset Valley. Boggy Creek’s twice-weekly farm stall was also in full swing, accompanied by weekly farm stalls at Tecolote Farm and later at Green Gate Farm.
The past decade has brought another wave of farmers’ markets, from Dripping Springs to Elgin, from San Marcos to Cedar Park. While we don’t have a centralized daily market like we did with City Market, shoppers in the Austin area can now find a market or farm selling local produce, meat, and groceries almost every day of the week.
Find Farmers Markets in the Austin Area here:
Barton Creek Farmers Market: Austin’s oldest farmers market, dating from 1987 when it opened in the Whole Foods parking lot. The market is now located in the back of Barton Creek Square Shopping Center at 2901 S. Loop 360 (Capital of the Texas Highway) and is open on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with live music often found. In addition to meat, milk, produce, grocery, flower and art dealers, you will also find suppliers of ready-made meals and sometimes a petting zoo. (bartoncreekfarmersmarket.org)
Bastrop 1832 farmers market: A market that has been held twice a week since 2002 in a building near the railroad tracks in downtown Bastrop and offers local products and goods from the region. Find the market on 1302 Chestnut Street from 2pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. (bastrop1832farmersmarket.org)
Boggy Creek Farm: This East Austin farm at 3414 Lyons Road opened in 1992 and has been home to a weekly farm stall ever since. In recent years, farmer Carol Ann Sayle has added additional market days. Customers can shop at the farm stand from Wednesday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturday. (boggycreekfarm.com)
Buda farmers market: A market at 308 S. Main St. in Buda, which takes place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As of 2010, there have been more than a dozen vendors in this market selling everything from handmade soap to locally brewed kombucha. (budafarmersmarket.com)
Dripping Springs Farmers Market: A Wednesday market from 3pm to 6pm at Veterans Memorial Park in Dripping Springs at US 290 and RM 12. (cityofdrippingsprings.com/page/fm.home)
Elgin farmers market: A year-round market held on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Elgin. (elginfarmersmarket.com)
Farmer George Market: This year-round market takes place in three locations in Round Rock and North Austin: Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm behind Ikea; Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gateway Center, 9607 Research Blvd. in North Austin; and every first Thursday of the month from 3pm to 7pm on the 12300 Riata Parkway. (Farmergeorge.market)
Lone Star Farmers Market: A weekly market is held at 12700 Hill Country Blvd. in the bees cave from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, where you can find fresh products and meat, as well as baked goods and ready-made meals. (lonestarfarmersmarket.com)
Pedernales farmers market: A Sunday market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Apis Restaurant, 23526 Texas 71 in Spicewood, which began in 2017. (Pedernalesfarmersmarket.com)
Pflugerville Pfarmers Market: A seasonal market from 3pm to 7pm on Tuesdays at the Green Red Barn in Heritage Park, 901 Old Austin Hutto Road. The market is usually open from May to October, with some dates in the fall and winter. (pflugervilletx.gov/for-visitors/pfarmers-market)
Texas Farmers’ Market in Lakeline: A Saturday market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive in Cedar Park with more than 100 stalls including farmers, food manufacturers, and convenience food providers. This market opened in 2010 and is one of the largest in the region. (texasfarmersmarket.org/lakeline)
Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller: A large Sunday market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 4209 Airport Blvd. in the Mueller development next to Lake Mueller, which opened in 2012 and is a launch pad for many local food brands. (texasfarmersmarket.org/mueller)
San Marcos Farmers Market: A market at 155 E. San Antonio St. on the square in San Marcos, which takes place on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (facebook.com/smtxfarmersmarket)
Farmers market in downtown Sustainable Food Center: One of the longest running farmers’ markets in Austin, this Saturday market started in 2003 and has certified local producers and ranchers selling meat, produce, prepared produce, and staples like olive oil, honey, salsa, and cereal. You can find it on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 422 Guadalupe St. (Republic Square Park). (Sustainablefoodcenter.org/programs/sfc-farmers-market)
Sustainable Food Center Farmers Markets Sunset Valley: SFC took over this farmer’s market location at 3200 Jones Road (Toney Burger Center) in 2012, where it continues to attract families, art lovers, and foodies on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Sustainablefoodcenter.org/programs/sfc-farmers-market)
WilCo farmers market: A Georgetown market that started in 1984. It currently takes place on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot opposite the library between Seventh and Eighth Street. The Georgetown Farmers Market Association operates the Sun City Farmers Market at 2 Texas Ave from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Tuesday. in Sun City. (wilcofarmersmarket.com)
Wolf Ranch farmers market: A Saturday morning farmers market at Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Drive in Georgetown, open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (wolfranchfarmersmarket.com)