Farmers Markets: The Gathering Place

By:
Ann Koehler

Farmers Markets hold a special place in people’s hearts. For a community-centric town like Boerne, the desire to support local growers and makers has created a new level of outdoor market.

Nowadays, a visit to a local Farmers Market can be a full morning or afternoon of entertainment, with live music, informative classes and food booths to grab lunch or dinner, all while shopping for seasonal produce and handmade goods. So, let the kids pick out a new veggie or two, incorporate fresh ingredients into your diet, and try a specialty product made by a neighbor. The Farmers Markets below all provide wonderful activities for families and friends. 

Farmers Market at Herff Farm
Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm   
33 Herff Road

Since 2012, the Farmers Market at Herff Farm has been the Boerne go-to for produce, farm-fresh eggs, local sustainably raised meat, wine, baked goods, preserves and pickles, and locally roasted coffee. Handmade products include leather goods, ceramics, candles, fresh-baked bread and more. With up to 30 vendors, the selection of products is always outstanding. Open year-round, strolling the 1850s farm with its historic limestone farmhouse and gardens is a lovely way to enjoy the changing seasons. 

830. 246.4616  |  Cibolo.org

Boerne Farmers Market
Tuesdays, 5:00 to 7:00pm
402 E. Blanco Road

As the newest open-air market in town, Boerne Farmers Market has created an exceptional community experience, bringing local growers and ranchers alongside the makers of homemade specialty products like baked goods, prepared dumplings and salsas, sweet treats, coffee, honey and even plants. The founders’ goal was to only include food product offerings, with one exception — kids can even get in on the fun by selling their own handmade or homegrown products such as crafts and gourds. In addition to more than 30 vendors, there’s a special area for home gardeners who want to sell their excess produce.

Bi-weekly educational classes on topics such as bee keeping, herbal medicine and perfume-making are free, along with live entertainment by local musicians. And a weekly food truck is a great place to enjoy dinner while you shop and socialize.

Open year-round: July and August hours are 5:00 to 7:00pm, and resume from 4:00 to 7:00pm in September.

830.510.3429 |  BoerneFM.com

Comfort Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8:00am to 12:00pm
Comfort Park, Texas 27

Celebrating 35 years, the Comfort Farmers Market gathers local bakers, makers and farmers to showcase their goods. You’ll also find a variety of plants, craft items like birdfeeders, and you can even get your knives sharpened. This is a great way to begin a shopping and dining day in Comfort! Open every Saturday through August 3.

Facebook: Comfort Area Farmers Market

Fredericksburg Farmers Market
Thursdays, 4:00 to 7:00pm
Marktplatz at 126 W. Main St.

A little farther down the road is Fredericksburg’s Farmers Market. If you find yourself wine tasting on a Thursday afternoon, drop by for fruits, veggies, meats, coffees and cheeses, and packaged foods like vinegars, sauces, juices, baked goods and, of course, Hill Country wines. There’s always musical entertainment and food trucks. Open every Thursday through August 15. The market resumes in the fall at the Pioneer Museum – dates to be announced.

FredericksburgTxFarmersMarket.com

Pearl
Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm
Sundays, 10:00am to 2:00pm

We can’t talk about Farmers Markets without mentioning Pearl. Located in San Antonio near downtown, the Historic Pearl is a destination for superb dining and shopping, and its two weekend markets, open year-round with more than 60 vendors each day, are no exception. The Farmers Market on Saturdays features a wide variety of seasonal produce and fresh meats from local farmers and ranchers, along with prepared food products, and several food and drink stands to enjoy while you browse. On Sundays at the Makers Market, expect to find similar items with the addition of more gourmet prepared foods and culinary-inspired products from local artisans.

AtPearl.com/weekend-market

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