This past Saturday, the boys and I went down to Republic Square Park for the Downtown Market. This market is a project of the of Sustainable Food Center (SFC), an Austin, TX based non-profit that creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a local food system. Currently SFC hosts four of the largest weekly farmers’ markets in the state of Texas:
- Downtown (Saturdays) at Republic Square Park
- Sunset Valley (Saturdays) at the Toney Burger Center
- East (Tuesdays) at MLK at Cap MetroRail M Station
- Triangle (Wednesdays) at the Triangle
We arrived mid-morning on Saturday to find free parking in the lot just south of the market. Republic Square Park was bustling with shoppers, kids, and dogs. Children were running through the grass and climbing trees. Folks were scattered about drinking coffee and enjoying morning treats while catching up with friends. The market offers live music every week, and this week’s mellow tunes were compliments of a local guitarist. Vendors offered free samples (yum!). And the SFC hosted a table of crafts for kids (they noted that free children’s activities are offered every week). The Downtown Farmers’ Market was fun for the whole family! Bring a picnic blanket, bring a ball to throw in the grass, bring your community spirit and enjoy treats from the local farms right in the heart of the city.
SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown
Republic Square Park, 4th and Guadalupe
Saturdays 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Open Year-Round, Rain or Shine)
More to Explore Nearby:
Just a few blocks south of the market is one of my boys’ favorite places to browse — Toy Joy (located at 403 W 2nd St). The weather was nice so we decided to take the short stroll over there. The bubble machine was blowing just outside the door and my youngest enjoyed popping bubbles (ninja style) for a quite a while before heading in to look at the toys.