First and foremost, or perhaps the only thing that really matters, the food! Springtime is full of freshly grown and harvested fruits and veggies – but what's more, we're talking locally grown and sourced produce, too.
This spring, there are three authentic, down to earth farmers markets happening in SA that we recommend you check out.
On March 15, The People's Nite Market, located in Maverick Plaza inside La Villita (418 Villita St., 210-901-9717), is bringing back food trucks, small scale vendors and live music for another season of fun and freshness for 2016. The event originally came together as an effort to provide the community with access to superior quality produce and to promote local businesses and growers, and its mission proudly endures today. The market on March 15 lasts from 6-10 p.m., and additional dates for the year can be found here.
The Dignowity Hill Farmer's Market (801 N. Olive) is also returning this spring for a second season of organic, Texan proud vegetables, goodies and more on Sunday, March 13. The market will be based out of Lockwood Park near the basketball court, and will feature yoga, dog treats, handmade soap and farm-fresh produce for families, friends and pets from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Finally, come out and support Good Earth Farm to Market (2659 Eisenhauer Rd.) for its grand opening this Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. From locally sourced carrots, brussel sprouts and beets, to spicy red curry coconut linguine crafted by the one and only Gourmet Texas Pasta and pistachio cashew nutritional bars, Good Earth Farm to Market will promote diversified fresh food options to fit every preference and liking. The grand opening will also feature a petting zoo and games.
Ultimately, there are many communities in America – and even in Texas – that exist in food deserts, or places without so much as even a supermarket within a mile radius. These people don't have access to fresh fruit or vegetables as a direct consequence of their location or socioeconomic status, and it inhibits them from being able to properly nourish their bodies. What I'm saying is that these farmer's markets are awesome and not everyone gets the opportunity to experience the quality produce that such vendors provide, so get out there this spring, support local markets and enjoy the accessibility of such an occasion.