What you’ll find at your local farmers market
Want to make your own homemade bread? Want to use more natural products on your skin? Slow down and focus on what really matters to you at your local farmers market. Stormy Stouder, cofounder of Wolf Ranch Farmers Market, shares how to find inspiration at the local farmers market.
Community. Come out to the Wolf Ranch Farmers Market and find a lively community. “Extended families often participate in the market, and most of the vendors have known one another for years,” Stormy says, “so they think of themselves as a family.” Stormy’s children help her make and sell clean soaps, cosmetics, and oils for her business, StouderHouse. The kids’ favorite vendor (other than their mom) is the tamale truck, where they purchase breakfast every week. The vendors attend regardless of pouring rain, freezing weather, or scorching heat, and regular customers do, too.
Food. Get the same fresh food every week, sold by people you’ll come to know. The beautiful produce is only made more appealing by the fact that you’re supporting small businesses. One man’s grilling hobby led him to create home-roasted spices that he now sells at the market. Leave inspired by what you can make at home, too.
Quality. Everything sold at the market is fresh. Many vendors’ families wake up as early as 2 a.m. to milk cows, pick veggies, and bake artisan bread fresh for that day’s sales. They also provide the food on their menus. Even beloved local chefs, such as Jack Allen of Jack Allen’s Kitchen and Salt Traders and Jacob Gilbert of The Hollow, attest to the quality of the products you’ll find. These chefs of farm-to-table restaurants frequently teach cooking demos and—best of all—provide free samples in the market. “They’ve been very supportive our market,” Stormy says.
Wolf Ranch Farmers Market
Saturdays—Wolf Ranch 9 AM to 1 PM
Find out about demo days at www.facebook.com/Wolf-Ranch-Farmers-Market
Georgetown Farmers Market Association
Tuesdays—Sun City Social Square 9 AM to 12 PM
Thursdays—Republic Square Center, Georgetown 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Saturdays—University Oaks Center, Round Rock 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM