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Welcome, Welcome to a New Kid on the Block, Buffalo Farmers Market in Florence

We are Very Blessed in Texas!

 

Buffalo Farmers Market is opening in Florence Saturday, May 22nd, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. David Harrison of Texas Vendor Markets and Krista Bachler of Desperado Trading Co. have
teamed up to bring the public of Florence and Central Texas a unique, outdoor, shopping, and entertainment experience.


The Buffalo Farmers Market is a vibrant hub connecting local farmers, artisans, and the community through the joy of local food, handicrafts, and the arts. Whether you come for the
carrots or conversation, it is a place to nourish the body, mind, and spirit. We’re proud to support our local food system and economy. Our venue is a wholesome safe space suitable for families to
enjoy a Saturday outing.


Mr. Harrison stated, “The property at Desperado Trading Co. is ideal for a farmers market, it’s the charm and aesthetics of rural Texas.” The venue will have a positive impact on the area and
community by supporting the local economy, creating jobs, and providing a safe space for families currently and post-pandemic. A variety of vendors are slated to participate; growers, producers, preparers, and artisans, including a mobile barbershop, food trucks, and antiques at Desperado Trading Company. Thank you David for keeping us updated and for sharing all the great products Central Texans have to offer. 

If you cannot make the market on Saturday in Florence, head on over to Coupland on Sunday for more fresh produce, handmade products, and entertainment. 

Enjoy your Weekend Texans! Share the love on Facebook and Instagram about the great things you find at the Farmers Market, shop local, and support your economy right here at home. 

Saturday Markets:

 

East of IH35:

Georgetown – Wolf Ranch Farmers Market – follow their Facebook site for updates on available items. 8 am – 1 pm. Rain or Shine, you want it, they got it!  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.

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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 – If you like the board, order one for DAD’s Day at #wellsvillewoodworks 
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!

wellsvillewoodworks 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.

Smooth Village FM Leander

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!

Indian Mound Ranch

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.

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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.

Couplands-Farmers-Market.

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! More than just a market, a family learning experience! Find out more on their website link provided. 

Isle Acre Farms

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. The best fresh herbs for your food introducing Shuky Spices. 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.

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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.

 

SunCity-Market

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.

 

Elgin-Farmers-Market

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.Amber-Oaks-Poltry.-

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

 

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

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

#supportlocal #family #texasfarmersmarket

 

Ultimate Guide to Farm to Table in Williamson County

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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

 

Grab Your Best Friend and Come on Down to The Farmers Market!

 

March 21st is a very special day in Williamson County. The opening day of the first-ever Couplands Farmers & Artisan Market begins at 12 pm and runs until 5 pm. 

The Coupland Farmers & Artisan MarketThe creator and founder of the Market is David Harrison a local artist and farmer. David’s goal is to create a once-a-week community activity that promotes a wholesome social gathering place. Set up as A 501c nonprofit, small-scale agriculture and specialty products can be found every Sunday afternoon.  Shoppers will be treated to a variety of handmade items from local artisans. The very freshest produce and meat products raised by farmers from the region, food trucks for lunch, sweets and treats all accompanied by a little live music.

A Texas-style event that is sure to provide a great venue to visit.

The market begins at 12 pm with the National Anthem and live music to follow at 3 pm  

Meet your friends at the market and spend a while sharing family stories, fresh air, cool breezes, warm smiles, and lots of friendly faces.

Stay safe, and give your fellow Texans a smile and a Howdie Neighbor greeting! Share a little love by stopping by your favorite vendor and post a selfie with them!

We thank you for supporting local businesses!

 

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. 

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 farmers’ 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. The Saturday location is behind Ikea – fresh pies, and wonderful tasty farm-raised beef and chicken for the grill. Find gluten-free specialty bread, elderberry products to support your immune system, handmade soaps, candles, and jewelry.

 

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.

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. What could be better for holiday fun and cheer?

#supportlocal #family #texasfarmersmarket

 

Start Your Day at the Farmers Markets

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Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Morning

Mornings are great for getting out for a walk and sharing some time with friends. Make out your weekend shopping list, grab your handy dandy reusable bags and head on over to the Farmers Market. Supporting your local vendors is a great thing to do, the produce and freshly made items are the best in town. Looking for an original gift, soft creamy lotion, or a new yummy treat for the critters? Market with the Farmers and have a super great morning! Share your favorite vendor in a group selfie and help spread the local love!

Our directory link to the markets will provide a google map to get you to the market right from your smartphone.

Please remember the 6 feet rule and bring your designer mask. If you have a favorite vendor, post a selfie with them and share the love. We thank you for supporting local businesses!

Stay safe, and give your fellow Texans a smile and a Howdie Neighbor greeting! Enjoy the Farmers Markets

 

Tuesday Market:

Isle Acre Farms in Leander CSA program invites you to come pick up your veggies at their farm stand Tuesday 3-6 pm. Pre-orders from their program. 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 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.

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. A Kinda new vendor, 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 coming in July. 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.

Kids crafts are on for Farmer George in Round Rock this week, stop by and pick up a kit!

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.  

Liberty Hill – The Market at Indian Mound Ranch – 12805 SH 29 W, 9 am – 1 pm – All morning Vintage shopping in Liberty Hill. Andreas eats is also rolling in to provide some yummy Mexican food treats!. Top that off with Mason Jar pumpkin style 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 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.

 

Round Rock Farmers Market

Farmer George RR market logo

Hey Round Rock, did you know there is a Farmer’s Market in your neighborhood?

Every Saturday 10-2 the Farmer George Market Round Rock takes place behind Ikea. Artisans and local business folks bring their best products for you to sample and enjoy.  The variety is amazing and it is guaranteed you will find what your heart desires. Now in their 5th year at this location, the venue has grown to be a mini-community of fun and surprises.

  • Trying to find that special ingredient for dinner – they have fresh locally grown vegetables, seasonal fruit and family farm-raised beef, chicken, pork and lamb. Fresh eggs and artisan breads and pastries.
  • Does your immune system need a boost – you will find elderberry products, local honeys and fermented goods.
  • Want a little extra kiss in your summer glow – we promise you will find creamy body care products and jewels to adorn your beautiful self.
  • Looking for that something special gift – we promise you will find original artistic creations of all kind
  • The fur babies can receive a little love also – you will find that too.  

Stephanie Nakano is the ring leader and businesswoman behind the scenes. Her goal is to provide a fun, community market that supports small businesses and independent vendors. She is creative and always brings new ideas to the weekend keeping the market fresh and exciting. Currently, she is putting together weekly pop up cooking demonstrations, craft books and kits for the kiddos. On various weekends, there may be a market basket with money-saving coupons. Stephanie likes to boast,” there is always something new, you just have to come to the market and find out.” 

One of Stephanie’s favorite and new creation is a cookbook with recipes from the artisans and vendors. Proceeds from the cookbook go back to support the market and also to various schools that help with distribution. On the website, www.farmergeorge.market, webinars are being added that include fitness and stretching videos, cooking webinars and more.

Here is a little sampling of who you can expect to run into at the market:

All the best in Produce and Protein

Taylor Farms – Hens, broilers, pork, beef, and veggies. Your family will taste the difference

ATX Beef Jerky – yep you guessed it Beef jerky and pickled products

Edamie Ranch – Beef, pork, bacon, sausage, and eggs

Hohns Acres Farmstead– family farm featuring chicken, pork, duck, turkey and eggs. Supporting momma earth with all sustainable practices.

Stars Farmers Market – Amazingly juicy and flavorful produce

Oak Grove Hut – German Sausage

Baked Goods and Spices

Cake De Chez Nous – gluten-free cakes and bread, scones, and other goodness

Spicewood Gourmet Foods – Natural infused olive oils and vinegar’s

Herbal Products and Skincare

Respect your Elderberries – the best elderberry syrup you will ever taste!

Natural Traditions – skin and body care made in small batches – the best hand cream I have ever used, no joke!

Color Street – Beautiful colors for beautiful nails

Artisan Designs and Specialty Crafts

Nature Jewelry – Handcrafted made with natural beauty

Abstract Expressions by Resi – abstract art on canvas, if you love color, you will love her artwork

Woodwork by Dennis – handmade cutting boards, bowls and more

Family Health Care

Impact Family Chiropractic– Get your spine checked out, you will feel the love

Remember to spread the word about this Farmers Market in Round Rock, Texas

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Bring Home the Organic Bacon!

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National Bacon Day is celebrated each year on

December 30th, Oh Yeah !

The unofficial National Holiday, National Bacon Day is celebrated each year on December 30th as a way to commemorate that tasty morsel of cured pork belly, bacon! This year, we’d like to take a look at the importance of choosing organic bacon with its benefits and a few fun, piggy-win recipes. Organic bacon can be enjoyed in a BLT, fried up in the morning, or dipped in fine chocolate for a dessert. In America, Bacon goes with everything!

Benefits of Organic Bacon:

  •  Source of omega-3 fatty acid: Typically found in fish, omega-3’s help reduce cholesterol and fight to keep the heart happy and healthy. Despite the claims and threats of heart attacks, organic bacon help reduces the chances of those life-threatening diseases with each slice.
  • High protein content: 34 grams of protein and around 3 ounces of organic bacon, found within (but that means there’s also about 25 grams of fat).
  • Boost the mood: Who’s mood does not improve after eating delicious bacon? Organic bacon is a natural mood enhancer because it’s full of high-quality essential vitamins and minerals which help keep you happy and healthy.
  • Nutrients: potassium, magnesium, zinc, thiamin, vitamin B12, B6, niacin, iron, riboflavin, and phosphorus
  • Put food cravings to a halt: High in fat and protein, organic bacon puts any appetite at a halt. You’ll be energized because there are almost no carbohydrates, which typically cause the cravings to increase.
  • Brain health: Choline works by producing acetylcholine, which helps neurotransmitters keep the nervous system and brain fully functioning, especially in the memory, mood, and muscle department. Organic bacon contains choline, which is vital to brain and heart health, healing abnormalities, and reducing the chances of memory loss diseases (like Alzheimer’s).

Enjoy organic bacon in moderation. It’s not a good idea to eat (even organic) bacon every single day. Most bacon found on the grocery store shelves is cured with nitrates and salt, which is a big “no, for me dawg” (in the words of Randy Jackson). Organic bacon, also known as uncured bacon, is said to be healthier than cured bacon – but it’s still chalked full of fats and salts.

Follow a healthy lifestyle of working out, limiting smoking and drinking, and getting enough sleep to reduce your levels of stress and improve health. This will allow you a chance to occasionally indulge in a few pieces of crispy, goodness of organic bacon!

Win over your fans with these perfect game day appetizers:

Sunday, Funday it up with these brunch favorites:

However, you choose to enjoy this salty yummy protein be sure to get the best. Pick up Organic bacon at your local farmers market or from one of the wonderful Ranchers in your community. Shop local and get the BEST !!

What’s Buzzing with Honey Health Benefits?

September national honey month

Honey health benefits brought to you by a real busy bee!

Have you ever thought about the Bees that make the honey and the process involved? Turns out every third bite of food we eat is affected by honey bees. There are a variety of insects that perform the task of pollination however the honey bees are the premier pollinators because they work thru a variety of growing seasons and will pollinate from almost any agricultural plant. Keep reading for more honey health benefits. 

One honey bee can produce about 1/8th of a teaspoon of honey in a lifetime. That is a lot of honey bees. I started thinking about all the “local “honey on the shelf at the grocery store and decided to do some investigating. 

Honey bees follow scouts out to rich sources of nectar: flowers from gardens and fields. They collect the nectar, spread the pollen then buzz on back to the hives where the nectar is deposited. Worker bees and drones take over at the hive where fanning, cooling, and packaging takes place in the honeycomb with the final step placing a honey cap over the individual comb cell to store the honey. The Queen bee stays buzzy building the family year-round. 

Buzz- fact: MS. Queen is responsible for creating all the baby bees in the hood. As she ages, a new queen will be chosen however the Elder Queen will remain until she passes. Family until the end.

The Beekeeper is the handler of this amazing honey to you process. They know just how and when to place the honeycomb in the extractor and give it a good spin to collect the excess honey which we use in our diets as food and antiviral assistance. On average, a hive will produce about 65 pounds of honey in a year. During the winter seasons the bees use their store for food and energy, it is during these times the beekeepers will leave their bees alone and return when the weather improves and flowers are abundant again.

Buzz Fact: Honey is an amazing natural sugar and more – Did you know that if all else goes whako, a person could survive off water and honey alone?

Honey and the honeycomb contains many secrets:

Honey is an Antibacterial: the FASEB Journal reports that honey has the ability to kill certain bacteria.  A protein known as defensin-1 has been found in medical-grade honeys and the ability to reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics is under study. Manuka Honey in Australia has long been used for infections and is being tested as an agent to treat MRSA.

An anti-inflammatory: Some evidence suggests that honey may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers that can benefit the brain.

Is now used for wound healing:  a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. It contains hydrogen peroxide and glucose oxidase and has a low pH level, which means it can kill harmful bacteria and fungi. Also, because of its unique chemical composition, it does not help yeast or bacteria to grow.

An Antiviral agent: People have used raw honey (natural/unpasteurized) from the beehive for health benefits for over 8,000 years. Honey in the raw contains bee pollen and bee propolis, which is a sticky, glue-like substance bees use to hold their hive together.

Dietary antioxidants – compounds that act as antioxidants, including phytochemicals, flavonoids, and ascorbic acid. Antioxidants reduce oxidative stress in the body by mopping up free radicals. Studies suggest that eating an antioxidant-rich diet, people can reduce their risk of chronic disease.

Nutrition benefits and possible effects on cholesterol: When organic farm grade honey is combined with Cinnamon there is an amazing potential to lower your risk of heart disease. The “bad” LDL cholesterol has been shown to decrease by 6 – 11% and triglyceride levels also decrease as much as 11%.  The “good” HDL cholesterol increases by about 2%. Try adding this bit of healthy sweetness to your Wheaties in the morning.

Natural honey also provides amino acids and small amounts of the following vitamins and minerals:

Buzz Fact: Keto Diet- You can use the pollen collected at a bee farm in your cooking to address seasonal allergens and helpful anti-allergen effects

*As long as a person is not allergic to bee pollen, raw honey is generally safe to use*

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC)recommends honey should not be given to infants under the age of 1 because of the risk of infant botulism. Honey is safe from the age of 1 upwards. This applies to both raw and regular honey.

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Raw honey will have a label that reads “raw honey.” If the label does not include the word “raw,” or does not come directly from a farmer or beekeeper who can confirm that it is raw, the manufacturer has probably pasteurized the honey.  Labels may also describe the type of flowers that the bees pollinated to make that honey. The kind of flower determines the taste, color, and antioxidant, and vitamin content of the honey. Many types of pasteurized honey have labels that read “pure honey.” Others may say “clover honey” or may state that they come from a local area. Even products labeled as “organic honey” may not be raw, as some manufacturers do pasteurize organic honey. It is very important to note once honey has been pasteurized or prepared for mass production the natural medicinal values are greatly decreased. The “local raw honey” in a grocery store is most likely only 2% honey.  If you are seeking the full benefit of honey you must buy from a local honey farm or beekeeper at the farmers market!

Now that you know what an important part of our lives this little blessing from God gives us what can you do to support and protect this little guy?

This falls under the Sustainable category
  1. Plant bee-friendly plants in your garden. Here is a list of plants that will grow In central Texas with ease and Beauty: Russian sage, Lavender, Texas lilac, Rose Rock, Abella, Veronica, Star Night, Honey Suckle, Frog Fruits, Pink Skull Caps, and Verbena
  2. Pull weeds by hand and let the Dandelions grow naturally. Pluck the flowers and place them in a vase for your table. The greens are edible if they are free of chemicals. My dad preferred to keep things natural and would say the “weeds mow also and are just as green”. Spraying chemicals on your lawns affect the bee population in reducing numbers, and a bee will not pollinate on a plant sprayed with insecticide. Fewer food sources -fewer bees – less honey. Every time that chemical sprayed on your yard is wet it is absorbed into whatever touches it including you and your pets. Think about the chemicals you may be ingesting just from the lawn thru your skin. If you have problems with fleas and chiggers try Granular Garlic found at your local feed store.
  3. Bees need water to help make honey. Create a simple “bee-bath” with fresh water in a shallow basin with rocks or marbles for the bees to land on.
  4. Eat more honey. Good natural Honey will not be found in a store. There are beekeepers in your neighborhood who often offer classes and tours as well as sell their honey. To get the best go straight to the source.

In Your Backyard: Shop Local at Jackass Honey Farm – Liberty Hill Texas

We spent an afternoon out at Jackass Honey Farm in Liberty Hill, and want to thank Jodi the Queen Beekeeper for this little informative research paper. Jodi is an amazing wealth of information both for beekeeping and organic tips at the ranch. Jackass honey farm provides services such as beekeeper classes, Agricultural information, classes for kids, and a honey shop for all your honey bee needs and their honey health benefits.

Items for beekeeping, natural organic honey central Texas region, honey pet products which will help with wounds and hot paw pad injuries. Candles, skincare, and more. Check out the website https://www.jackasshoneyfarms.com/shop and order that special basket for your family and a friend. Jackass Honey has a storefront and also a Vendor location at Indian Mound Farmers Market on Saturdays in Liberty Hill.

 

Thank you for reading about the honey health benefits. We welcome you to check out more of our articles like this. Additionally, come stop by our directory for local favorites.