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Farmers Market Fun Pedernales Farmers Market by YOLANDA NAGY

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magine sipping a pineapple hibiscus mimosa with live music

MacKow has taken much pride in building this market family from 25

playing in the background, an outdoor yoga class happening

to now 50 vendors, and you can find certain beloved vendors only

on your right, and all the fresh items on your grocery list at the

at her market, like Gary and Mary Wood's locally grown produce,

farmers market set up right before your eyes! After a year of

St. G Kitchens, Hat & Heart, and some of the best grass-fed beef at the

quarantine, the Texas Farmers Markets are making a strong comeback

Brangus Best Cattle Co. booth. (Tip: vendors have the best knowledge

with new amenities for everyone to enjoy. So grab your yoga mat and a

on how to store and prepare their items, so just ask). Remember there is

basket or a cooler and join me on a Sunday adventure in Central Texas.

no middleman, you are buying straight from these farmers and vendors.

Take a short drive beyond the Austin city limits to get to the Pedernales

I don’t mess with the Texas heat, so after I’m done chatting and

Farmers Market in Spicewood. Drive up to plenty of parking and

buying almost everything on site, I take my goods back to the car to

head straight to the 10 a.m. flow class with Casie Hall, founder of

pack in my trusty cooler. Now, I’m nosey, so afterward I walk over to

Nectar Flow Yoga. (Tip: Make a reservation on her website beforehand

Pizzeria Sorellina too, for a bit of eatin’ and sippin’. Ahhh yes, farmers

because her classes fill up fast.) After cooling down, take a stroll over

market shopping is the life for me!

to the market, which is just the right size and filled with a variety of vendors. Karina MacKow, one of the founders, started the market with her sister and brother-in-law from Terra Purezza Regenerative Farm. I found out about them last year when COVID-19 hit Texas hard, and inspired my personal mission to help bring awareness to these outdoor markets. I met MacKow through Instagram and was intrigued by one of

Yolanda Nagy photos by MICHAEL MALY

My favorite things to bring with me on this adventure include a yoga mat, lawn chairs to listen to the jams, a cooler and some reusable bags. (Tip: I like to freeze a bag of ice along with a few 16 ounce water bottles for the cooler. This is perfect for meat and fresh items, and when you get thirsty, you can grab a bottle to stay hydrated in the Texas heat.) I check out a different market each week and share tips

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and tricks on how to enjoy each market, because no two are alike! Find Yolanda on IG: @eatin_and _sippin_locally and Facebook: Eatin’ and Sippin Locally.

her posts, which read: "25 Amazing Local Vendors!” Seeing

someone

LAKELINE sustainably grown food from

that

gets as excited about a

local farmers & ranchers

partnership as I do put a huge smile on my face. I say

partnership

because

saturdays 9a - 1p @ Lakeline

vendors are not employees of the markets; they are small business entrepreneurs, and I’ve learned that a market is only as strong as the

sundays 10a - 2p @ Mueller

people who work together to create it.

for locations, vendor lists & more info visit

texasfarmersmarket.org

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