Austin Area Farmers’ Markets Bring Green to the Table and the Local Economy


Report Marks National Farmers’ Market Week August 4th- 10th, 2019

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August 2, 2019-- The Texas Center for Local Food (TCLF) marks National Farmers’ Market Week (running August 4th-10th, 2019) with the release of their first Farmers’ Market Metrics Report.  The initial report shows the six farmers’ markets in the region significantly bolster local and regional economies, support local businesses, and cut food miles traveled by thousands of miles, while putting the healthiest food possible into the hands of local consumers.  In the first six months of 2019, the six markets report a combined $3 million in total market sales.

The Texas Center for Local Food is working in collaboration with the City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability to quantify the sustainability and economic impacts of local farmers’ markets with their Farmers’ Market Metrics report. Recognizing the many threats to the future of both farming and farmers’ markets in the Austin area, the Texas Center for Local Food and the Farmers’ Market Metric Report help monitor the health of the Central Texas local food system.  Every dollar spent at a local farmers’ market helps protect invaluable land, creates jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and put healthy food on our community’s plate. Documenting and quantifying these impacts helps us understand the value of our local foods movement.

“Austin has always been known for its great food and the farmers that bring us all that great food have never been as important as they are now,” said Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager for the City of Austin.  “From the thousands of acres of Central Texas land they carefully cultivate and protect, to the thousands of jobs they create, we must do everything possible to ensure our farming community is well supported.  There’s no better way to do that than by going to your local farmers market and putting your dollars to work.”

Preliminary data from the report also shows:

  • $3,335,196 in total market sales for the first 6 months of 2019. Markets help support both the local economy and bolster the regional economy.
  • 17,192 acres of diversified farmland is in production by farmers’ market. Travis County loses 9 acres of farmland every day to development.
  • 72 miles is the average distance food travels from local farms to our farmers’ markets. Most food eaten in the U.S. has travelled nearly 1,200 miles.
  • The six Austin area markets support 188 businesses over the course of the year. Farmers’ markets allow new and small businesses to enter the marketplace.

In 2018, TCLF launched their Farmers' Market Metrics program in collaboration with the national Farmers Market Coalition (FMC) and local farmers’ market organizations, the Sustainable Food Center, Texas Farmers’ Market, and the Dripping Springs Farmers’ Market.  This program assists farmers’ market managers in collecting, analyzing and sharing data on the impact of their markets. In return, the participating markets share their aggregated data with TCLF.

Farmers’ Market Metrics is a program developed by the Farmers Market Coalition, a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening farmers' markets across the United States so that they can serve as community assets while providing real income opportunities for farmers.

As part of National Farmers’ Market Week and to support the report’s release, Austin Mayor Steve Adler plans to read an official proclamation August 8th, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Austin City Council meeting.

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Austin Area Events During National Farmers' Market Week

Texas Farmers’ Market: Events on August 3rd at TFM at Lakeline 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and August 4th at TFM at Mueller on Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., and August 7th at TFM at Mueller on Wednesday 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.  These markets will showcase the impact their markets have on the local community, give away temporary tattoos, present running chef demos, host local petting zoos and collect feedback from shoppers about their market experience.

Dripping Springs Farmers’ Market: On Wednesday, Aug 7, for Farmers' Market Week, you can join the fun for a drawing to receive a $5 token to be used at the market; drawings each ½ hour beginning at 3:30.  The last drawing will be at 5:30.   You can pick up free “I love DS Farmers Market” stickers.  Bring your whole family for the coloring contest; the winner will be acknowledged on the Dripping Springs Farmers’ Market Facebook page and the colored artwork will be on display at the farmers market the following week.

Dripping Springs Farmers' Market

On Wednesday, Aug 7, for Farmers Market Week, you can join the fun for a drawing to receive a $5 token to be used at the market; drawings each ½ hour beginning at 3:30.  The last drawing will be at 5:30.   You can pick up free “I love DS Farmers Market” stickers.  Bring your whole family for the coloring contest; the winner will be acknowledged on the Dripping Springs Farmers’ Market Facebook page and the colored artwork will be on display at the farmers market the following week.

Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market Downtown


Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley

Texas Farmers’ Market Lakeline

  • Saturdays year round 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • ‭Lakeline Mall, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park, TX

  • http://texasfarmersmarket.org

  • TFMLakeline

  • @texasfarmersmarket


Texas Farmer's Markets at Mueller

  • Sundays seasonally 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & Wednesdays seasonally 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • ‭“Browning Hangar” 4209 Airport Blvd., Austin, TX

  • http://texasfarmersmarket.org