Maybe the last of the Cool Spring Days

Williamson County Farmers MArket in April WilcoWellness

Enjoy a walk at the Farmers Market in your Hoodie Today

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market – follow their Facebook site for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. Update for Wolf Ranch. All kinds of fresh veggies, squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list, and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmer’s market is the best way to start a day.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new stirring up every week. Cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now.10 am – 2 pm every Saturday.

1st weekend of each month: Pet-Friendly Furry Friends – free treats for pets & various activities…coming in Feb adoptions!
2nd weekend of each month: Taste of the Market – cooking demos with seasonal ingredients!
3rd weekend of each month: Artsy Crafty activities – contact-free with social distancing
4th weekend of each month: Wellness – tips to keep you healthy and strong like a social distanced yoga class or a 3k walk/run!
5th weekend of each month; Musical Market! Masked Singer Karaoke, local talent, and more!

West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm. look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind masks, and south porch custom-made wooden, skincare products for women and men soft, sensuous, and silky from Ellie Cat. It is another beautiful day under the oak trees. Grab the kids and enjoy the morning.

 

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm cookies fresh baked and ready to eat. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef, and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams, and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore so grab your best buddy, head on over, and enjoy!

 

Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Amber Oaks Ranch, Bucking Goats Farm, Coupland Honey, Farmer Al’s Eggs, Ghost Tree Farm, Kraft’s log Works, and microgreens, Nanny Goat salsa, and Yegua Creek Farm.

Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products. Organic soaps, body care products, and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. Need a unique present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers.

Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

Sunday Market:

Coupland  The Coupland Farmers and Artisan Market – 12 – 5 pm Hosting Coupland Honey, Klanika Photography, Nava’s Soft Servefood truck, WELSS metal and leather, The Country Larder, Bricks by Marty, Meghan’s Magic, H.I.M Jewelry, Kina Ice, Harrison’s Backyard Eggs and many more.

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come to pick up your veggies at their farm stand Wednesdays 3-6 pm. Place a Pre-order online. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East, and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee, and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies, and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  Coming soon on the last Friday of each month Savory Market adds a new location in the Bryson Neighborhood in Leander.

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market 10 am -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pasta, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations, and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little hometown fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pasture-raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts! Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

Friday Market

Savory Farmer’s Market – Starting up a new market on the last Friday of every month. If you live in Leander near 183 this is a great stop on your way home. Maybe we can ask Savory Market Man to host a Red Box and Popcorn for Friday night movies! Bryson Backyard Amenity Center: 1960 Pleasant Hill Rd Leander, TX 78641. Come 3:00-7:00pm

Shoppin’ at the Farmers Market- All Local, All Original, All Organic. 

Stop by the local Herbal Table for a little Seasonal Allergy Relief!

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Ultimate Guide to Farm to Table in Williamson County

Farm to Table Guide WilcoWellness

Total body health and wellness begins with the foods we eat

Everyone measures success differently; while some measure success in the things they own, others measure success in travels, laughter, and friendships. But if there’s just one factor that we can all agree on, it is most certainly health. After all, we won’t enjoy anything else in life if our health is compromised.

Total body health and wellness starts with the foods we eat; unfortunately, eating healthy isn’t as simple as picking up produce from the local supermarket. Anytime you choose to purchase fruits or vegetables from the supermarket, particularly those that are not organic, you are at risk of being exposed to harmful pesticides. The concept of Farm-To-Table manifested both to promote overall health and to bring economic stability and self-reliance to communities.

How is Farm-To-Table different from what we are doing now?

The farm-to-table movement promotes the delivery of food straight from the farm to your dinner table. The produce we purchase at many big chain supermarkets ships from farms to distribution centers where it is stored before being shipped across the country to various grocery stores. With cross-country distribution, much time elapses between the harvest and the product’s placement on grocery store shelves.

Food quickly loses its freshness and nutritious value in the journey to reach our dinner tables. The farm-to-table movement’s goal is to eliminate the middleman and re-establish the connection between farmers and the people in their community. Instead of using preservatives and non-GMOs to keep food fresh longer, food is eaten sooner while it is still fresh.

The History of Farm-To-Table

The history of the farm-to-table movement begins with industrialization, as people moved away from the farms and into the city to find jobs. With more people in the cities, the 1950s saw a boom in food processing and storage, particularly with canned food items and frozen dinners.

In the 1970s, people started to demand a return to nutritious, natural eating. The Texas Department of Agriculture was the first state to certify an Organic Label for Produce. It was during the Jim Hightower administration that Susan Kaerka, a representative for the TDA went and spoke with the California Growers Association and reported, “they were fascinated with the idea that the state of Texas was interested in  bringing the power of the state behind a state-certified Organic Label for produce, they were just shocked by that.”  Fast-forward to the 2000s, when schools pushed to use locally-grown foods in cafeterias, and people demanded to see “Non-GMO” labeled food products. By 2010, plant-based restaurants were growing in popularity. Since then, the movement has only become more mainstream.

Texas State Organic Label

 

What are the Core Principles of the Farm-To-Table Movement?

Beyond eliminating the middleman and strengthening the connection between farmers and consumers, the farm-to-table movement is built on several core principles:

#1 – Food Security

By developing local food systems, the entire community is strengthened. Low-income families receive the same access to healthy, organic food that the wealthier are. The principle of food security looks at how the community as a whole can benefit. Because food production, processing, distribution, and consumption all occur within the same community, there are more jobs within the community and more healthy meals for everyone.

#2 – Proximity

Keeping food production and distribution local reduces the environmental impact and forges connections within the community. Rather than purchasing food items from mass producers, restaurants build relationships with the farmers they buy directly from. In doing so, they reduce the carbon footprint of mass distribution, but it also puts the money right in the hands of local farmers.

#3 – Self-reliance

This component of the movement encourages communities to work together in meeting food needs rather than looking to outside resources. In doing so, people can reconnect with one another along with the very earth that is tilled in their communities as well.

#4 – Sustainability

The farm-to-table movement encourages people to support locally-grown organic food and to purchase only that which is needed. When national distributors haul massive amounts of food across the country, not everything makes it to the destination without spoiling. Distributors end up tossing large quantities of products regularly. By cutting out the middleman, less food goes to waste, and more fresh food reaches tables.

How the Farm-To-Table Movement Benefits Your Health

The sooner food is consumed after the harvest, the more nutritious that food is. Most fruits and vegetables lose upwards of 30% of their nutritious value just three days after it is harvested, and that number increases with ensuing each day. By purchasing food from local farmers, food is consumed shortly after the harvest and consumed while still fresh.

Furthermore, by purchasing locally, consumers know exactly where their food is coming from and what practices are used to harvest it. The farm-to-table movement gives power back to the people and helps them to make more informed choices about what they eat.

Switching to a Farm-To-Table Lifestyle

Making the switch begins with a little research, a little exploration, and a plan of action. Moving to a farm-to-table lifestyle entails eating what’s in season, and that’s exactly what you will find at local farmer’s markets. In embracing this, start by researching what produce is in-season where you live and finding new recipes that utilize those seasonal food items. Next, learn more about the farmer’s markets near you, along with farm-to-table restaurants that you can trust to serve natural, seasonal food.

Farmers Markets in Williamson County, Texas

Williamson County hosts numerous farmer’s markets every week, which means that your farm-to-table lifestyle can start right away. To find a farmers market nearby, check out our directory of Farmers Markets, and make sure to save a date in your itinerary to dine at Greenhouse in Round Rock, where you will be sure to find inspiration for your locally-grown seasonal recipes. Finally, establish a relationship with a local farmer in Williamson County from whom you can purchase products directly. You won’t just be eating cleanly and confidently, you’ll be making a new friend in your community, and that’s what farm-to-table is all about!

We also recommend a few Farm to Table restaurants in your town:

Farm to Fork in Leander – Texas Southern Homestyle cuisine with a little French flair in a new location – Yep, the Texas winter blizzard zapped the pipes, and Farm to Fork is in the process of relocation. New atmosphere and more great local food to come. Watch their posts for grand reopening! 

Mouton’s -cajun and country fusion cuisine A very cozy Southern Style Bistro serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, In Leander and Cedar Park. 

2020 Market Scratch Kitchen & Bar in Georgetown – Chef Jaime and Chef Luis’ will never let you down! Always ready to share where they picked up their local cuisine and flair. Live music and a great patio – need we say more.

The Grove wine bar /Kitchen – Located in Cedar Park, this fabulous little joint serves up American Fare paired with an extensive wine list. Stop by for a few tasty happy hour bites and a fantastic meal paired with your favorite glass, bottle, or flight of wine.

Foxhole Culinary Tavern tucked in between North Austin and Cedar Park just off 183/Lakeline rd.   A small sample of one of their many specials is social hour 3-6:30 p Tues – Friday featuring Tavern Tacos, Ponderings, flatbread snacks, and more.

Plowman’s Kitchen – A favorite spot in Taylor, serving Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, this family-owned restaurant has the best menu and collection of foodie love.

Be Kind to Good Strangers Cafe in Taylor, Texas – a great little lite breakfast and sandwich Café on W. 2nd street. Stop by for a bite or order online for the office lunch treat.

Inspirational Links:

Farm to Table Tx  Delivers to restaurants from local farmers all over central Texas

https://www.greenmatters.com/food/2017/05/03/ZlGaIU/farm-to-table

https://www.webstaurantstore.com/blog/postdetails.cfm?post=1532

 

Farmers Markets as Movements

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Green America

Producers and consumers offer many reasons for buying and selling at Farmers Markets. The former often speak of increased returns while the latter emphasize the perceived health benefits of fresh, locally grown food. But many farmers Markets also profess a politics of everyday life, a set of practices that proponents believe can bring about social change outside of and despite unsupportive governments. In this way, farmers markets and other green economic venues represent a new strategy for social movements attempting to advance social and environmental goals.

Green is how we describe a world of social justice, healthy

Communities and ecological balance. Green is the color of hope.

-Green America, nonprofit manager of the Green Business Network

 

WE MUST INSIST THAT THE COMING “GREEN WAVE” LIFT ALL BOATS. THOSE LOW-INCOME

COMMUNITIES THAT WERE LOCKED OUT OF THE ECONOMY MUST BE LOCKED INTO THE CLEAN GREEN ECONOMY

-Van Jones, “Forty Years Gone: MLK’s Dream Today Would-Be Colored Green”

“If we place our beliefs in the magic of the Government, I fear we will be left hungry, Then What?” Grist

While doing research for this week’s Farmers Market Post, I came upon this very interesting book. The above exerts were pulled from the introduction and opening chapters. If you are truly interested in the Geographies of Justice and social transformation, I would recommend giving it a read.

Black, White, and Green. Farmers Markets, Race and the Green Economy by; Alison Hope Alkon

 

 

 

Looking for a Farmers Market near you?

We have you covered. Just keep reading we are sure you will find what you are looking for.

Be a true good neighbor and remember your mask, limit hugs to people you know, bring your favorite friend either 2-legged or 4-legged and post a selfie with your favorite vendor and share the love.

Saturday Markets:

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market follow their Facebook sight for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. All kinds of pumpkins n squash – mushrooms – zucchini – farm-raised chicken- local honey – Brazilian cheese bread. Gourmet popcorn – beef jerky – fresh pickles- pecans. Grill up your favorite veggie with a little Central Texas Olive Ranch Oil!  Botanical gardens in a pot- Beautiful woodwork – cutting boards- bowls and more! Erica’s healthy Pets for some wholesome pup treats – emu oil is fabulous. Sourdough bread – and spices and rubs – They have it all, make your list and pack up the family for a great morning at the market. Supporting your local farmers market is the best way to start a day. We recommend  for your morning brew, Tough Mother health drink– this stuff will cure what ails you. Different flavors kinda like kombucha but better.

Round Rock –Farmer George has something new stirring up every week. Cooking, crafting, health and wellness, and more: Farmer George Farmers Market Sporting 3 markets now, who hoo! a general store on line – you can pre-order your products and pick-up family size, fresh meals from Sapphire catering. Drive up-n-pick up curbside – The Saturday location is behind Ikea – fresh pies, and wonderful tasty farm-raised beef and chicken for the grill. Find gluten-free specialty breads, elderberry products to support your immune system, handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry. 10 am – 2 pm every Saturday.

West if IH35

Smooth Village Market – set in the Heart of Leander 9 am – 1 pm.– look for the Airstream trailers! A few New vendors have arrived adding to your market surprise, oh what a treat! Colorful and flavor-filled veggies and fruits for your football dips and snacks. Auntie’s seasoning salts, a load of flavored jerky to include whiskey and honey jalapeno garlic and cowboy. Beautiful pottery, one-of-a-kind masks and south porch custom made gifts and easy to carry in your purse sanitizer stay that will not dry up your hands from Ellie Cat. It is another freedom filled and beautiful day under the oak trees grab the kids and enjoy the morning.  They also offer live music and entertainment in the evenings Thursday – Sunday. Stop by and join the fun in Leander at the shiny, smooth village and farmers market.

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm – All morning Vintage style shopping in Liberty Hill. – Don’t forget to pick up your farm fresh eggs, local honey, fresh-baked bread and treats, longhorn beef and there are more treats. Kettle chips, pecans, pickles, jams and jellies. Handcrafted sewn items and beautiful fun jewelry. Follow and share the love on Facebook for updates. Vendors galore head on over and enjoy!

Very East of IH35

Taylor Heritage Square – Market on Main 10 am-2 pm Erica’s Healthy Pet Treats and care products is back this weekend. Local Farmers and artisans promise to provide their best in stock fresh off the farm. You can pick up loads of fresh vegetables and honey products by Coupland Honey Company and Bucking Goat farm, Woodhoek Wild is stopping in with all organic soaps, body care products and soy wax candles. There will be a vendor or two with sweet and savory baked goods jams and pickles. A present for a friend – Hanle’s Beautiful clay poppies and flowers. Perfectly nestled under the Awning at the pavilion. Stop by and fill up your grocer bags with all your weekend desires.

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come pick up your veggies at their farm stand Wednesdays 3-6 pm. Place a Pre-order on line. They also offer Farm classes for kids. Tours and events on their wonderful farm will begin in the Fall. Offering real food and real happiness!

WilCo Farmers Market in Sun City Now open and full of great vendors to help and serve you. 9 am-noon. The freshest and the best in Sun City. Take a stroll through the market and enjoy their great atmosphere and friendly faces.

Wednesdays Markets:

Savory Farmer’s Market at Travisso – At the Travisso Palazzo Clubhouse from 3 – 7 pm. A few of the vendors Include Flat Creek Winery, Michelle East and here beautiful handmade pottery, Original Dog Treat Truck Co., Fairy Fire Candles, Brangus Best Beef, Coyote Moon Coffee and Savory Alaska Seafood. You can find local honey, Organic-gluten free backed goods, live plants, fresh veggies and more. A great little market in Leander to visit. Food trucks include cool ice cream treats and a rotation of great food for a quick dinner. Check out the Facebook link for the most current updates.  

Thursday Markets:

WilCo Farmers Market 10 am -2 pm https://www.wilcofarmersmarket.com/ Between 7th and 8th Across from the Library. Veggies, protein, honey, pastas, and natural products. Remember to check out their market on Tuesdays at Sun City under the trees and in the cool morning hours.

Elgin Texas Farmers Market 5 pm – 8 pm. Growing weekly; Yegua Creek Farms, Sweet life Soap Co. Banner Distilling Co., Nanny Goat Salsa, Bucking Goat Farm, Rustic Manor Creations and Body and Shine Wellness and Yoga are just a few of the new additions. Join Amber Oaks on Thursday evenings and enjoy a little home town fun in Elgin! Follow their Facebook for updates.

Amber Oaks in Thrall is a primary supporter of the Elgin Market. You can go to their website and join their Meat Buyers Club. Organic, pastured raised, no hormones or antibiotics guaranteed to be very best. Get daily updates on their Facebook site! Chicken is back in stock so get it while it lasts!
Contact John or Molly via the website with any questions, they deliver in Hutto, Pflugerville, Taylor, or Elgin.

 

Shoppin’ at the Farmers Market- All Local, All Original, All Organic.