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Real farmers market in San Antonio?

I recently moved to San Antonio and am having trouble finding a decent farmers market. I found a list on the sa express site:

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metr...

and tried one of the listings, Artisans Alley, but there was only one table set up with a few boxes of tomatoes. Are they all like that? The list in the link above is very long and I don't know that I have the patience to try them all to hopefully find the 'big' one in town.

I live fairly central so location doesn't matter too much but I need one open on weekends. Good variety of produce, microgreens, herbs, meats, eggs with some artisan food makers is preferred.

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  1. San Antonio, really, does no one go to farmers markets around here? Can someone help me out for a Saturday morning shopping trip?

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    1. re: sanantone

      There is not much in SA and it is frustrating. The best one I found is one jackson keller between mcCullough and San Pedro just north of basse road. Just vegtable there though and sometimes flowers.

      1. re: sanantone

        Hi, santone. Try the one on Saturdays at Millberger's Nursery on 1604 @ O'Conner Rd. It's way in the back of the plants, trees, etc. The produce is outstanding. Last time I went I got fresh dewberries, strawberries, and some great cukes and tomatoes.

        1. re: Cooder

          San Antonio has pushed it farmer's markets back to the farm. The Market square downtown pushed fresh produce out years ago...the "Plaza" was an area where loal growers used to come sell there goods. For farmers to compete with local produce porveyors live the Acevedos, Fernadez and Chico Bros is hard, so farmers either sell directly to to these or straight to the Supermarkets.

          Even the larger farms like Van de Walle and others are selling their farms close to San Antonio and moving out further.

          The growong season is very short and the heat prevents the plethora of foods and flowers you would find in the California Valley.

      2. If you haven't tried this, here's the Texas Ag Department listing for the area:

        http://www.picktexas.com/farm_market/...

        The Texas Department of Agriculture regional office in San Antonio is:

        South Central Texas Regional Office
        8918 Tesoro Drive, Suite 120
        San Antonio, TX 78217
        Phone: (210) 820-0288

        The office has a great outreach program and can probably answer specific questions about which markets offer what types of goods.

        My mom rattled off a couple places:

        St Leonard's on Zarzamora (Mondays
        )Adelitas Tamales on Fresno, between San Pedro and I10 (Mondays?)
        Olmos Basin, Jackson-Keller/McCullough (Tuesdays/Saturdays)
        Touduze (sp) Market on Buena Vista, just west of downtown.

        Good luck finding the kind of markets I encountered while living in Europe and Asia (where the expectation of fresh meat/poultry/veggies is a way of life). I look forward to reading about your search for SA's best markets.

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        1. re: YGBSM

          Thanks for the help from you few SA vegetable eaters out there. I think I am going to scout out the one on Jackson Keller this weekend and will report back.

          1. re: sanantone

            The one near Basse and McCullough (Olmos Basin, Jackson-Keller/McCullough (Tuesdays/Saturdays) is my favorite thus far.
            It's not big by any means (10 -15 stands), but the vendors are friendly and usually carry good produce for a reasonable cost.
            They are open Tuesday's and Saturday's usually in the morning.
            The recent rains have really hurt a lot of crops so that may be the reason why the other was a bit empty.

        2. Alright chowhounders, I have a trip report from the farmers market on Jackson Keller. We arrived at around 9am to a fairly full parking lot and a selection of about 10 different vendors. We first surveyed the booths to see what everyone had to offer and then went booth by booth to talk with the owners and pick out our produce. For the most part, everyone sold their own produce with the exception of the stray peach or watermelon shipped in from a few counties away. Not much in the way of organic but plenty of locally farmed stuff.

          We walked away with sweet potatoes, big juicy red and yellow tear drop tomatoes, pickling cucumbers and some okra. The sweet potatoes were sliced and baked with salt pepper and olive oil this evening. The red tomatoes found their way to my plate drizzled with balsamic vinegar and some 'top shelf' olive oil. Mmm good.

          I would say the selection, quality and location of the farmers market will get me to return. I read about one near 281 and Jones Maltsberger in a Wal-mart parking lot but I am going to have to boycott that one on principle and irony.

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          1. re: sanantone

            Thanks for the update. That you commented on the 'selection and quality' makes me want to get out of bed early to pick up some tomatoes from our local growers.

            1. re: YGBSM

              Is there food stands at the farmers markets along with the produce stands? Like ones that sell fresh tamales or bbq or kettle korn?

          2. Well, I'll agree that there really isn't a good farmer's market here. I've gotten some good produce at the one on I-10 at Boerne Stage Road (in Leon Springs). Tomatoes, squash, strawberrries... Recently there was a whole grain artisan bakery with a booth there (they were from San Marcos?). The market is only open on Saturday mornings and is in the parking lot in front of the WashTub car wash. Last year Barkley's near Boerne also had a Saturday farmers market with local produce, but haven't heard if they've started it back up this year or not. Anyway, check out the Leon Springs market if you're up this way...

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            1. re: scrapcatb

              We stopped by the Leon Springs market this morning.
              It was very disappointing. There were four vendors on display at 8:30 AM.
              Two had vegetables and fruit, one had scraggly plants, and one vendor has
              hand made shopping bags.
              The only decent veggies were tomato, some squash, and cucumber.
              Watermelon was abundant, but zero any other melons, nor peaches. Hill Country peaches are coming in right now, and they're tasty this year. The vendor didn't want to
              travel 15 miles to get peaches, but he had eight different touristy peach relishes, and preserves.
              Don't waste your time at this Farmer's Market.

            2. I haven't been, but the Wimberley Farmers Market and the Sun Valley Farmers Mkts are supposed to be good. Only thing is that you've got to do some driving to get to them.

              1. The one in the Olmos basin, already mentioned, is probably the best one in town. I really like the one in Austin and try to plan trips to Austin around it. Other options include Scott Arbor's CSA (he delivers to San Antonio) and Greenling local and organic groceries (also deliver to San Antonio). Check out www.sanantoniofoodshed.com for more options within a 40 mile radius of us!

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                1. re: faithduck

                  There is in Schertz, in Schertz Park, a farmers market on Tuesdays and Fridays
                  from 2 to 6, a couple of farmers. The one comes in a truck,and that's Uncertain Creek Farms out here in Guadaulpe County.they have a website and are near Seguin. To go to Schertz take IH35 North towards Austin.Get off at the Selma-Schertz exit and go down FM 1518 to Schertz.The park is one your left.

                2. The Pearl Farmers Market just recently had a soft opening. Their grand opening is May 16, 2009. You might want to check it out. It is located at the old Pearl Brewery just north of downtown. Here is the website

                  http://pearlfarmersmarket.com

                  Also, Picktexas.com lists lots of other local San Antonio markets so enjoy!

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                  1. re: isabella1

                    The Pearl Farmers market looks like it has alot of vendors and is in a location I would like to check after the riverwalk expansion. They also sell Goat (hopefully cabrito, for bbq'n), will probably check it out tommorow also.

                    1. re: isabella1

                      The Pearl Farmers Market has a great website and a lot of money behind it (not sure how much support that money is providing). I went here today and was told that the crowd was small but it was not bad. The aquaculture shrimp vendor sold out by 11:45 and the grass fed beef vendor sold out by noon. Both of these are possitive signs in a new farmers market. Ideally at this stage most venor will sell out before close. The market is only open Saturdays from 9:00am until 1:00pm. Despite plenty of unused coveredopen air space the market is outdoors. At this point the PFM would be better served by having some vendors (those with small footprint booths selling meat) under their roof. I'll need to go back a few times before passing judgement but this looks like a good start even if the selection of vendors was disappointing. Best selection on this day: bread. Poorest selection: greens (none).

                      1. re: AmoryPaz

                        Also went yesterday, about 9:30. The lines for the veggie vendors were way too long. They either need more vendors, or more people working each stand. I refuse to stand in line for 1/2 hour. The lines at the meat vendors were much shorter.

                    2. We have not been here yet but sounds good. We went to the Schertz location a few times last year for vegetables. Want to try this one tomorrow.

                      http://pearlfarmersmarket.com/

                      1. I contacted the Pearl Market last week. I moved from south FL, where I was a vendor selling all-natural dog treats at the green markets over there, and was very successful. I was interested in doing the same here and visited the PBM. I was happy with the selection, though a small market. PBM told me they were not able to add me at this time because they are still trying to establish the market with produce vendors. I was disappointed to hear this. I was hoping to bring additional business to their other vendors, as I saw many four-legged friends with shopping parents there!

                        I hope they change their minds about this. They need variety, and I have many customers here who would love to see me at a market every week. Florida and California markets are cornerstones to consider and examples to follow and I'm hoping PBM will follow their leads!

                        1. ******Just like many other healthy pursuits in S.A. you have to go to Austin to find a good f.market. . Its like how you have to go to Austin or Dallas to see hot, FIT women , or if you want some cutting edge HEALTHY medical treatment like Active Release Technique. S.A. is always behind on these types of things.

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                          1. re: hotshtrocknroll

                            I am new to buying from local farmers markets. My question is - if I buy food from farmers markets is it organic? or grown naturally? I'm planning on going to the market in Schertz this Friday - any input would be appreciated.

                            1. re: ezgill

                              Pearl is great and the produce is pretty well priced but I would suggest you find alternate markets in the spring and summer. Pearl gets WAAAAAAAYYYYYY crowded and it feels more like a festival than a market. Not that it's necessarily a bad thing but I like it better during these months when I feel like I'm grocery shopping and not christmas shopping.

                              There is a great market off 281 just a little north of Hwy 46 that is open on Sundays. The Olmos Basin market previously mentioned is good too. The Farmers Market in Artisian Alley (off Bitters West of 281) has a decent selection.

                          2. For the best jam, jelly, pickles, and cobbler, I visit RayAnnVentures. I seriously crave their apple butter now. :) Donnie Ray Bales and his wife are frequently at Leon Valley, Wimberley Market, and Old Blanco City Courthouse Preservation Society Market. Here is their website:

                            http://www.rayannventures.com/

                            and another one with reviews and info I found:
                            http://www.merchantcircle.com/busines...

                            I hope this helps! I am fairly new to the area too. :)

                            1. I'm glad to have found this thread. I'm about to move to San Antonio, and I like a good farmers market. I loved the Austin downtown market while I lived there, and I've had positive experiences at the San Marcos market (Tuesdays, 3-6) in the last few months. I went to Pearl once and it was okay, though not Austin.

                              I'm actually looking for a place to sell grass-fed beef, and I'm starting to talk to various SA farmers markets. It sounds like many haven't had meat in the past--is that right? I think the market for grass-fed beef in SA lags behind Austin, though hopefully that will change.

                              1. I'm in Helotes and The Quarry, over by Whole Foods, on Sundays, is a great little market!
                                https://www.facebook.com/quarryfarmer...