Since Corey and I moved back to Austin last August, we haven’t really had much time to explore the area and try out new things. We both grew up in the Austin area, so we know everything pretty well, but we tend to stick to what we know and haven’t tried to branch out much.
So, naturally, I was really excited when I was flipping through our local newsletter and saw that there is an open-air market right down the street from us every single weekend. Corey and I have both been interested in starting to purchase more of our produce from local farmers, so we couldn’t wait to try it out. Plus, it was a perfect opportunity to try something completely new in the area!
We headed to the market one Sunday afternoon after church, and we were surprised by how crowded it was. There were a ton of people milling around, even though there were only about 15-20 booths set up.
Most of the booths were selling crafts, but there were several local farms that had produce booths and there were even a couple of booths that were selling meat! We were both dying to pick up some local farm-raised chicken or some pork, but the prices were a bit high for us. There were also booths selling some gorgeous produce, flowers, and there was even a booth selling homemade honey that looked absolutely fantastic!
We had expected the prices to be a little steeper than what we are used to, but almost everything was at least twice as expensive as it is in our local grocery store. We both agreed that the higher price is absolutely worth it and we would love to someday purchase at least a portion of our meat and produce from similar markets, but it’s just not something we can do right now.
We couldn’t resist picking up at least something, though. We wanted to get some produce but since it’s kind of an off season for most vegetables we decided to wait a few weeks before buying produce. We did, however, decide to pick up some farm-fresh eggs.
At $4 a dozen, they cost than twice as much as they do in the grocery store, but we think it was definitely worth it to splurge a bit! We were both shocked by how gorgeous the eggs were, and how insanely bright and yellow the yolk was. The eggs taste incredible and we could tell a definite difference between these and the ones we usually buy at the grocery store.
We aren’t going to be able to make the full switch over to local farm eggs only (we eat eggs way too often to be able to afford that!) but this is definitely something we’ll probably splurge on every once in a while. They taste fantastic, and it’s great to know we’re purchasing our food from local businesses and that it doesn’t have a ton of extra hormones in it – it’s so much better for us!
I’m so excited we found this open air market, and we definitely plan on returning soon! We found out that there is another, larger one a few miles down the road, so we might be checking that one out soon too. Hopefully as all of the spring and summer veggies start popping up we’ll be able to get some local produce as well!
Have you ever been to an open air market? Ever tried fresh-from-the-farm eggs? They’re amazing!