Tips for eating local in Austin

Eating local is beneficial for many reasons and in Austin this is not difficult to do. Some of the benefits include the fact that it is good for the environment – because the food uses less waste to travel a shorter distance to get to our tables. It’s also fresher when it arrives, which means more time to use those products and less spoilage. And, it’s great for the local economy, local farmers and residents.

Visit your local farmer’s market

Name Address Day + Time
Texas Farmers Market at Mueller 4209 Airport Blvd. Austin, Texas 78722 Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive Cedar Park, Texas 78613 Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
SFC Farmers’ market Downtown Republic Square 422 Guadalupe St, 78701 Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
SFC Farmers’ market Sunset Valley Toney Burger Center 3200 Jones Road, 78745 Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lone star Farmers Market Bee Cave 12700 Hill Country Blvd. Bee Cave, TX 78738 Sundays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Lone star Farmers Market Dripping Springs 16604 Fitzhugh Rd, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Saturdays 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Barton Creek Farmer’s Market 2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy Austin, TX 78746 Saturdays 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
HOPE farmers market East 5th & Comal Austin, TX 78702 Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Farmer George Round Rock Farmers Market 201 University Oaks Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665 Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Farmer George Gateway Farmers Market 9607 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78759 Sundays 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Boggy Creek Farm Stand 3414 Lyons Rd, Austin, TX 78702 Sept-July - Wed, Thur, Fri & Sat 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

Support businesses made in Texas

We are lucky to live in a city that has many local businesses and it is easy to find them. We’re the birthplace of Whole foods, not far away from the HEB headquarters in San Antonio and many of our restaurants are locally-owned. When shopping at your local store, look for the GO TEXAN logo on products.

Support restaurants who make an effort to use local resources

Austin is known to be a health conscious city and savvy when it comes to sustainability, which influences restaurant choices as well. There are many farm-to-table restaurants, even some with their own farms! Many menus or websites will state where they receive their produce and meats from, but if not, just ask!

Learn to garden

Learning to garden or grow your own food is not only the freshest, but most affordable and convenient way to have fresh produce. Check out these places for classes in Austin:

Join a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program

Another great option would be to join a CSA program to get in-season produce in a subscription style service. This is a partnership with local farms where you pay for a share of their upcoming harvests.  

Austin has many CSA programs and local gardening classes in the area: