- Casey Howell
Whether you're stocking up for the week or picking up breakfast, these markets are there when you need them
Pearl Farmers Market
This market is loaded with meat, nuts, bread, people and puppies, so get there early or fight the crowd. The market also features demos by local chefs and a chance to nosh at area eateries, including Cured, Bakery Lorraine, Arcade Midtown Kitchen and more. Year-round at the Pearl, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., atpearl.com/farmers_market.
The Yard Farmers & Ranchers Market
If you're familiar with the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market, which recently lost its lease at the Alamo Quarry, you don't have to miss the farmers (among them Parker Creek Ranch, known for their humanely raised, GMO-free chickens and turkeys), ready-to-eat foods (Crepelandia crepes and Asian fare via Ming's Thing are favorites) and other local craft-makers. Year-round at The Yard on McCullough, Sundays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., theyardfarmersmarket.com.
Olmos Basin Farmers Market
A part of the San Antonio Farmer's Market Association, this market hosts several farmers out of San Antonio and surrounding areas, including Natalia, Devine and Poteet. Stop in for fresh produce, jams, jellies, herbs and plants. Year-round at Jackson Keller and McCullough, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Food Market at The RIM
This market is part of the Hill Country Farmers Market Association. You'll find gluten-free baked goods via Gaia's Light, produce from Engel Farms and BOA-CON Farms, along with nuts and berries out of Brenham Kitchens. Year-round in the parking lot of T.G.I. Friday's, Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Legacy Food Market
Since it's fully equipped with meat, produce and a moon bounce, the kids might have more fun than the adults at Legacy Food Market, which is located in the Legacy shopping center. Year-round at the northeast corner of Loop 1604 and Highway 281, Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., legacyfarmersmarket.com.
Main Plaza Farmers Market
If you're working downtown, stop by Main Plaza and pick up a tasty lunch whipped up by Catalyst Catering. Or shop for dinner ingredients from Rodriguez Farms, The Gardener's Feast (for organic tamales, tortillas and gorditas), LocalSprout (for hydroponic greens) and Joseph's Storehouse Bakery (for artisan breads). March to December at Main Plaza, Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., mainplaza.org/farmers-market.