National Farmers Market Week is an occasion to highlight how farmers markets are changing the way we connect, eat, shop, and more! Always the first full week of August, this year’s National Farmers Market Week is August 6-12.
Farmers markets are changing the way we connect to foodways that sustain our communities. No two farmers markets are alike – they develop in the hands of local growers and in the hearts of community members who crave nutritious food and desire a connection with where their food comes from and how it is grown. Having witnessed the fragility of our food industry nationally during the pandemic, it has become even more evident that having a source of food grown close to home empowers communities.
Farmers markets are changing the way we connect around food. Farmers markets are a place where shoppers learn the cycles and flavors of the seasons and how to prepare the food we buy directly from the people who grow and raise it. Many farmers markets offer seasonal recipes and cooking demonstrations which excite and inspire us to make delicious meals ourselves, and many offer kid-friendly activities, such as farmers market scavenger hunts and food bucks for kids to do their own shopping so they, too, can engage with their local foodways.
Farmers Markets are changing the way we shop. Because farmers markets are so connected to place, each farmers market has its own culture of food, music, vendors, and set up. Different farmers markets accept different types of currency, trending towards the more, the merrier!
Just like adding credit and debit card processing at a farmers market opens doors to additional sales, so too adding additional forms of payment, such as SNAP EBT and WIC vouchers increases the customer base and sales at a farmer market.
More than ever, we need places where people can come together. Farmers markets are designed in partnership with the people they serve, creating a space where market operators, farmers, shoppers, and neighbors can collaborate to meet the evolving needs of our communities.
Many of us shop at farmers markets to support local farmers and growers so that they earn a living growing the food we need and enjoy.
If you’ve wondered why the Texas Center for Local Food is in the business of increasing sales at farmers markets with our “Fresh Look at Your Farmers Market” project, that’s a big reason why: sales at farmers markets go directly into the pockets of the people producing our food. If we want farmers to be able to keep up their good work growing food, we need to build systems that make farming economically viable, such as increasing the customer base for farmers markets.
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Want to support your local farmers market?
- Shop regularly at your farmers market – and tell you friends to do the same!
- Local food fans are encouraged to share National Farmers Market Week on social media! Use the #LoveMyMarket and #FarmersMarketWeek to share the bounty of the season on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And tag us! @texaslocalfood
- Sponsor or directly fund initiatives at farmers markets that your business supports, such as staff to operate food access programs or next year’s National Farmers Market Week celebration.
See you at the market!
These ‘Fresh Look’ partner farmers markets currently accept SNAP EBT, also known as Lone Star Cards. Farmers market schedules and hours are subject to change.
- Elgin Farmers Market (Elgin) Thursday 4-7pm
- SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown (Austin) Saturday 9am-1pm
- SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley (Austin) Saturday 9am-1pm
- Texas Farmers Market at Lakeline (Austin) Saturday 9am-1pm
- Texas Farmers Market at Mueller (Austin) Sunday 10am-2pm
- Waco Downtown Farmers Market (Waco) Saturday 9am-1pm
- Beaumont Farmers Market (Beaumont) Saturday 8-11am
- Freedmen’s Town Farmers Market (Houston) Saturdays 10am-2pm
- Coppell Farmers Market (Coppell) Saturday 8am-12pm
- Cowtown Farmers Market (Fort Worth) Saturday 8am-12pm
- Denton Community Market (Denton) Saturday 9am-1pm
- For Oak Cliff Farmers Market (Dallas) First and third Saturday 9am-1pm (Opens May 6)
- Lake Worth Farmers Market (Lake Worth) First and third Saturday 8am-12pm
- Ledbetter Fresh Stop Farm Stand (Dallas) Tuesday 12pm-3pm
- Owenwood Fresh Stop Farm Stand (Dallas) Friday 9am-12pm
- Saginaw Farmers Market (Saginaw) Second and fourth Saturday 8am-12pm
- Spring Valley Fresh Stop Farm Stand (Dallas) Thursday 12pm-3pm
- White Rock Farmers Market (Dallas) Saturday 8am-12pm
- Brownsville Farmers Market (Brownsville) Saturday 9am-12pm
- Grow Local Farmers’ Market (Corpus Christi) Wednesday 5-8pm
- HOPE for Small Farm Sustainability (Harlingen) Monday, Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm
- McAllen Farmers Market (McAllen) Saturday 10am-1pm
- Bodega Loya (El Paso) Friday and Sunday 12-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm