All of our food has to come from somewhere whether that’s a processing plant, a vegetable farm, a fruit orchard, a dairy farm, or a slaughter house. Yes, believe it or not, we have all kinds of farmers and meat butchers in Austin and its surrounding areas. They are folks just like you and me except they have chosen to make their livelihood about producing organic and sustainable foods items for the good people of Austin.
I once read an article about a writer/journalist/foodie of some sort who was on a mission to know exactly where everything he consumed came from. This meant hunting down the guy who had the chickens to produce the eggs, finding the gardener who planted the seeds to grow and then pick the tomatoes, and meet the butcher who raised the cow to milk and then slaughter for all-natural organic beef.
My apologies for getting graphic, but I think it’s important to understand what we are eating and where it comes from. No one has to do as much in-depth research as the person described above, but Austinites can easily meet the men and women who make their food at the local farmers markets.
It’s difficult to define “local” because it varies from person to person and from market to market. But vendors at the downtown Austin Farmers Market come from within a 10 mile radius of the city to sell their fruit, vegetables, cheese, flowers, honey, you name it. Shopping at the farmers markets is one of the most effective ways to eat locally and seasonally and to learn exactly where your food is coming from.
You can learn more about these Texas farmers this Friday at 7 p.m. at BookPeople. Edible Austin and Pamela Walker, author of Growing Good Things to Eat in Texas, discuss the craft of growing and eating locally, give you the chance to meet local farmers, and host a local food tasting with dishes made from seasonal produce.
If you can’t make the BookPeople event and to the Saturday farmers markets, or if you want to start eating locally and seasonally but don’t know where to begin, let Greenling do the shopping for you. The delivery service will let you order your local and/or organic food items online and deliver them straight to your door for a weekly fee.
You can also check out the Austin Farmers Market on Wednesday nights at The Triangle off 45th Street and Lamar for some local midweek munchies.
603 N. Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703
Austin Farmers Market
Austin, TX 78701
Sunset Valley Farmers Market
3200 Jones Rd
Austin, TX 78745
3913 Todd Ln. Suite 618
Austin, Tx 78744