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5 Places to Buy Grass-Fed Beef & Entertain the Kids in Austin

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5 Places to Buy Grass-Fed Beef & Entertain the Kids in Austin

Is there anything better than strolling through a relaxed, farm-fresh market on a beautiful morning or afternoon, sipping on an aromatic coffee, breathing in the fresh breeze, having dozens of natural, healthy food options to choose from while the kids are enjoying themselves in a safe environment? Not many things. And, luckily for us, Austin has a spread of interesting markets with a  family-friendly vibe to choose from when we’re in the mood to shop along to foot-tapping music – it’s never been easier, or more enjoyable, for the whole family! It’s an opportunity to take your furry friends for a walk as many markets are pet-friendly, plus it’s a great way to get the kids excited about trying different, healthy foods and helping them learn about living a sustainable lifestyle. Remember to keep your dog on a leash and ask the butchers if they have any bones for you to take home!

Here are 5 exciting farmers markets in Austin that the kids will love and where you can find grass-fed beef.

 

Barton Creek Farmers Market

This multi-award-winning market is situated at the back of the Barton Creek Mall. It’s an easy and convenient place to shop for grass-fed beef amongst other local produce such as healthy beverages, cheeses, unhomogenized milk, organic fruits and veggies, and naturally prepared foods. This is an open-air market but its also great having a mall nearby so you can pick up anything you couldn’t find at the market before you head home.

Boston Creek Farmers Market is a weekly, Saturday market that focuses on having a large variety of stalls, live music playing throughout the market (over a solar-powered PA system!), and activities tailored specifically to kids to create an enjoyable atmosphere for all ages. Child-friendly activities at this open-air market include a regular music hour dedicated to the kids as well as a frequently-occurring petting zoo.

Barton Creek Farmers Market

  • Opening times:            Saturday 9 am to 1 pm
  • Where to find it:          2901 S Capital of Texas Hwy, Austin, Texas 78746
  • Dog-friendly:                Yes

 

SFC Farmers’ Market Downtown 

Located downtown at Republic Square, this is one of two market initiatives run by the Sustainable Food Center (SFC). The SFC has won many awards for its markets in recent years. You’ll be sure to find plenty of grass-fed beef options available here as well as free-range chickens. There’s always a bountiful supply of fresh produce such as cheese and eggs. You’ll also be spoilt for choice with a delicious variety of ready-to-eat foods, veggie tasting stalls, and offerings from many local award-winning artisans.

You can watch the kids running around while you enjoy a coffee at the café or opt for a picnic and listen to the sounds of some original, live music at one of the city’s coolest hangouts on Saturday mornings.

SFC Farmers' Market Downtown

  • Opening times:            Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
  • Where to find it:          422 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX, 78701
  • Dog-friendly:                Yes

 

SFC Farmers’ Market at Sunset Valley

The other initiative offered by the SFC is just as delightful as it’s counterpart with grass-fed beef and local produce in plenty of supply. There’s a dedicated play area for children called, ‘The Imagination Playground.” There’s veggie-sampling, live music and plenty of parking at the Sunset Valley Market.

  • Opening times:            Saturday 9 am – 1 pm
  • Where to find it:          3200 Jones Rd, Austin, TX, 78745
  • Dog-friendly:               Yes

 

HOPE Farmers Market 

Another award-winning market! The HOPE market takes place every Sunday afternoon at Plaza Saltillo and showcases a variety of fresh produce from local farmers including a range of delicious grass-fed meats, farm-fresh veggies, herbs, fruit, bread, organic dairy products, free-range eggs, and the list goes on! You’ll love this festive place to do your shopping while watching live performances by local musicians throughout the day. The kids will love the pet-friendly environment and there’s regularly free yoga on offer for adults as well. It’s the perfect way to spend a relaxed day with family and friends in an unpretentious setting. It can get busy as locals flock here every Sunday. It’s the community-centered vibe and variety of stalls contribute towards this market’s popularity. There’s a wide variety of food to tickle most taste buds- think tacos, tamales, bagels, coffee, and more. There are also interesting and more unique options such as stalls that offer clothes-swapping.

HOPE Farmers Market

  • Opening times:            Sundays 11 am – 3 pm
  • Where to find it:          412 Comal St, Austin, TX, 78702
  • Dog-friendly?               Yes

 

Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

Another consistently award-winning option for the whole family is the Texas Farmers Market at Mueller where you can enjoy some breathtaking scenery due to its lakeside location. Farm-fresh produce and grass-fed meat can be found in abundance at this local food market located at the “Browning Hangar.” The festive atmosphere on the grassy lawns makes this market a fun outing for the kids who can enjoy the occasional pony rides, face painting, and clowns while the adults relax with a coffee while stocking up on enough grass-fed meat fresh local groceries for the coming week.

Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

  • Opening times:            Sundays  10 am – 2 pm
  • Where to find it:          4209 Airport Blvd. Austin, Texas 78722
  • Dog-friendly:                yes

 

 

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