Monday, August 15, 2011

National Farmers' Market Week - Farmers Need Love Too!

This week is National Farmers' Market Week and our local farmers need your support and patronage now more than ever. Sure you'll need to brave the heat, but just think about what farmers have been going through all summer. Many farmers are facing increased water bills and crop loss and need your help to make it through this unrelenting hot, dry summer. 

If you really want to find out more about the issues facing our local farmers, consider attending this year's Farm and Food Leadership Conference at San Antonio's Pearl Stable with a special Monday evening screening of Farmageddon. My husband and I are planning to attend and I can't wait to share the information we learn during the two day conference. 

Over the next few months we plan to branch out and try some of the other farmers' markets around the Austin area. We made our first trip to the Burnet Road Farmer's Market this past week. It was hot and we were really feeling the need to spread some love to the farmers that are out in this heat making things grow when it doesn't even seem possible. The market was small, but the farmers and artisans were very appreciative.

We were also surprised to see two food trailers set up just in time for dinner. Sounds like they are there for the lunch crowd, too!

And we couldn't leave without a little gluten-free and dairy-free dessert from the Happy Vegan Baker.

By the time we got home we had an armload of fruit and veggies from Johnson's Backyard Garden, olive oil and fig balsamic vinegar from Texas Hill Country Olive Company (contact them about adopting your very own olive tree)...and a full stomach from BBQ, beans and potato salad at Wheat's. 
Can't make it to the market? Don't worry, you can still support your farmers by joining a CSA or have your produce and artisanal goods delivered right to your door! Let me know if I missed one by posting a comment below. If you have a favorite market, CSA subscription or maybe just a shout out for your favorite farmer, please share! 

Or, show your support for a farmer by purchasing a long-term CSA subscription or investing through Slow Money. We attended the Slow Money potluck last month. What an amazing group of people...and boy can they cook! 

Farmers' Markets in the Austin Area
SFC Farmers' Markets - Triangle, Downtown and Sunset Valley
Cedar Park and Round Rock Farmers' Markets
Dripping Springs Farmers' Market

CSA Subscriptions and Farm Box delivery in the Austin Area
Butcher's Box from Salt & Time (VERY limited subscriptions available - be sure to contact them ASAP - we have :)
Local Baby - baby food made from locally sourced produce (available at Wheatsville or through Farmhouse or Greenling delivery)

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