The smell of fresh basil, the sounds of a twanging guitar, and the jingle of dog collars come together every week amid a sea of pop-up tents at farmers markets in Austin and surrounding areas. With canvas bags in hand, shoppers peruse art and local produce, stocking up on essentials and splurging on treats.
Our guide to the best farmers markets includes options from Austin to Bastrop, practically every day of the week. See you at the market!
The Sustainable Food Center (SFC) plays host to the most farmers markets in the city, with offerings throughout the week. On Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm, SFC holds its Community Farm Stand East at the MLK MetroRail stop, which also offers occasional educational workshops. On Wednesdays, SFC Farmers Market at the Triangle takes place from 3 to 7 pm, open year-round, rain or shine. On Saturdays, you can check out the SFC Farmers Market at Sunset Valley at the Toney Burger Center, as well as its downtown farmers market at Republic Square Park.
The Boggy Creek Farm Stand in East Austin is open from 8 am to 1 pm Wednesdays and Saturdays in August, selling everything from chocolate and eggs to honey, okra, summer squash, lamb, and bison. Starting September 3, the stand will be open Wednesday through Sunday.
Also on the east side is the Hope Farmers Market, taking place Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. With ceramics and soaps and fresh organic fare, Hope features live music every week and ready-to-eat offerings to start your Sunday off right.
On Saturdays, head to the Dillard’s parking lot at Barton Creek Mall for the Barton Creek Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm. Vendors include skincare products from Hemp 360, fresh Gulf seafood from K&S, and fare from Royal Indian Food. There’s live music every week too.
On Sundays, stock up on groceries for the week at Texas Farmers Market at Mueller, set up in the Browning Hangar from 10 am to 2 pm. A special treat for families, this market hosts a petting zoo for children to enjoy.
And starting September 13, Green Gate Farms' stand will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, as well as Tuesdays from 3 to 6 pm. Stop by for the best organic vegetables and eggs.
Residents in Bastrop can shop the Bastrop 1832 Farmers Market located next to the convention center on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm. In addition to local fruits and veggies, you’ll find fresh-baked pastries and bread, jams and jellies, plants and herbs, and home decor.
The Bastrop Producers Market on Highway 71 between FM20 and Highway 21 takes place Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 6 pm. Thankfully, this market is indoors. Texas peaches, whole chickens, Texas tea, soups, salsas, and more are currently available.
You can stock up on eats at the Lone Star Farmers Market, held in the Lowe's parking lot adjacent to the Hill Country Galleria. The market boasts about 40 vendors and is open Sundays from 10 am to 2 pm. Bring your empty Buddha’s Brew Kombucha jar or growler and fill it up at a discounted price from the ice cold self-serve tap.
The quaint Downtown Buda Farmers Market on Main Street has a handful of local vendors Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm. In addition to fresh produce, vendors range from heritage pork to grass-fed beef to roasted coffee. Artists wishing to sell their work can set up a booth for just $10 on the third Saturday of every month, no reservation needed. Just show up, set up, and sell.
Just north of Austin is the Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline Mall. This market hosts approximately 25 vendors and also has knife sharpening, kombucha, and even massage and chiropractic care booths.
Head west on Wednesdays from 3 to 7 pm to the Dripping Springs Farmers Market located on Highway 290 and Mercer Street. This market has approximately 20 vendors selling meats, crafts, produce, and specialty foods. With live music every week and a play area complete with toys, this is the perfect kid-friendly market.
The Georgetown Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 2:30 to 5:30 pm in the Republic Square Center. While there, check out the Doggieville Boutique, Green Living Aquaponics, and the Pop Art Popsicle stand.
Enjoy Pflugerville's Pfarmers Market at the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park from 3 to 7 pm on Tuesdays. This market offers a variety of fresh local produce, and some vendors accept WIC vouchers. Live music is available on select dates.
Rain or shine, midweek shopping is available in Round Rock every Wednesday at the Farmers Market at Round Rock Premium Outlets from 2 to 6 pm. This market features seasonal local produce, salsas, pet treats, soaps, and more, and can be found in the parking lot by the main entrance.