On the heels of some toddler-typical behavior at church, and faced with another afternoon of entertaining my child solo, I recently paid a visit to one of the more recent additions to Austin’s open-air market circuit: The Mueller Farmer’s Market.
Mueller is easily one of the quickest-growing and most family-friendly neighborhoods in the city, so when they decided to add a farmer’s market to their already impressive offerings, I was interested. As it turns out, the reality lived up to my expectations, providing an excellent environment for some early afternoon snacks, shopping, and to enjoy some live music.
One of the biggest surprises for our little one was the pony rides being offered. Though not free ($5), it was well worth the money, especially since the woman leading the pony was in no hurry to make us get off for the next customer, and allowed her to really enjoy the ride. She didn’t even mind when we posed her for some pictures. (Note: The pony rides are only offered every other Sunday.)
The market itself was on the small side, but still held impressive offerings, from local grocers and farms (such as Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Green Gate Farms and Round Rock Honey), as well as purveyors of organic soaps and body products (some offerings included South Austin People Soap, Terra Wear, and Flat Creek Estate Vineyards and Winery) as well.
One of my favorite parts of any trip to a farmer’s market is always sampling the goods, and there were plenty of samples being thrown our way, including a tasty offering of shrimp with a brussel sprout and strawberry salad by Brooklyn House Chef – delicious! They were just enough to really kick our appetite into full gear, though, and we soon made our way over to a little food trailer yard across the parking lot, where there were offerings by local food trucks such as Mmmmpanadas, Short Bus Subs, and other well-loved trailers. The picnic benches and music provided the perfect ambience for a delicious lunch, all while supporting local businesses!
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If you’re wanting to make an afternoon of it, I would highly recommend a trip to the park and a walk around the trails surrounding the duck pond next to Browning Hangar – we’ve enjoyed feeding the ducks on many occasions. Follow that up with a trip into any of the shops located in the Mueller district, and you’ve got the makings of a lovely, family-friendly afternoon!
Mueller Farmer’s Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday, rain or shine, and is located in the Browning Hangar at 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, 78723.
B blogs at Unexpectedly Expecting Baby, where she chronicles the many Austin area adventures taken with her adorable daughter. Head over here to read about their recent visit to Elizabeth Milburn Park.