The Austin area is home to dozens of farmers’ market events, ranging from seasonal to year-round events that stretch from San Marcos up to Georgetown, and beyond. The newest farmers’ market in the Austin area is the Cedar Park Farmers Market located in the 1890 Ranch shopping center behind Target in Cedar Park. The Cedar Park Farmers Market made its debut in March 2010, welcoming over 3,000 shoppers. The Cedar Park Farmers Market is a year-round farmers market that takes place each Saturday in rain or shine, and is the perfect place to shop for organic produce, meats, and other items. With a location just off of 1431 and the 183 Tollway, this farmers market is easy to access from all directions
This farmers’ market is open from 9am to 1pm every Saturday. The farmers’ market draws in substantial shoppers who can find a range of organic produce. The produce is all grown by local farmers who rotate their crops on a seasonal basis, so the produce available will vary from season to season. Upon walking from booth to booth, it is common to hear the farmers say the produce was just picked in the last day or two. Some will point out various imperfections with the fruit or vegetables, and will tell you their farming methods and philosophies.
You can also pick up a variety of organic meats at the Cedar Park Farmers Market. Several vendors offer fresh, organic beef cuts. There are also a few vendors who sell bison, gulf seafood, and other items. A few vendors sell organic milk, eggs, butter, and other dairy products. The organic milk and butter are in high demand, and often sell out within the first hour of opening. In addition, the Cedar Park Farmers Market also features vendors selling their home-made treats, including salsa, breads, cookies, and even candles, soaps, and facial products.
If you are new to the farmers market scene, you may be surprised to find that the prices are somewhat more expensive than what you would find when purchasing organic items from your grocery store. However, the price can often be justified by knowing that the vegetables are freshly picked right from the fields, the eggs were laid just a few days before, and the meat is also just a few days old at most.
The Cedar Park Farmers Market is busy, drawing in moderately sized crowds. If you have something that you really want to get, such as organic milk or eggs, plan to arrive at the farmers market within the first thirty minutes of opening. While the farmers market can get busy, the 1890 Ranch shopping center provides shoppers with ample parking spots. The farmers market often features live music, children’s coloring stations, and is a pet-friendly venue.