For most people, the prospect of going to a farmers market is something that still holds a certain amount of excitement. After all, there are not as many of them around as there used to be and the truly exceptional ones are even more difficult to find. That's precisely why you should make it a point to visit at least some of the Texas farmers markets that appear on this list involving the top 10 markets in the state. In reality, the opportunity to visit one of these Texas farmers markets is an experience like no other. An overwhelming majority of them take place in the Texas Hill Country, an area that is rich with scenery and all types of additional fun that you can add to your trip. Why are these farmers markets so important to Texas? There are actually a number of reasons. You get fresh produce and other items that are typically handmade and everything sold there is local, so you don't have to worry about something being hauled in a truck across the entire country before you even get your hands on it. In short, you can typically find better items for a lower price than you would pay if you went to your local supermarket. It's also worth mentioning that if you’ve never tasted anything that's typically homegrown from a farmers market, you really don't know what you're missing. Check out the top 10 Texas farmers markets on this list, ranked number 10 to number one.
10. Texas Farmers Market (Cedar Park)
This farmers market is located near Austin and it has something for everyone. You can get all kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables, but the options don't stop there. They also sell cheese, honey and beauty and body care products that are handmade. Think homemade soaps and lotions and the like. All of this is great, but perhaps the best part is that the market is open all year long, so you can take advantage of it every weekend instead of only a few weeks out of the year.
9. Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers Market (Corpus Christi)
If you live near the area, this one is perfect and it's different because it's open on Wednesdays instead of weekends. As a matter of fact, you can find it open every Wednesday from 5 pm until 8 pm. Enjoy fresh produce, along with honey, eggs, homemade bread and handmade body care products. They even have live music every week.
8. Dallas Farmers Market (Dallas)
This one is really unique. It's right smack in the middle of downtown Dallas in a 26,000 square foot area. They have four restaurants on the site and a giant shed where they sell fresh produce, fresh meat and even fresh dairy products. It's open every day from 10 until 6. They also have a separate area that sells other handmade products such as lotions, soaps and even spices and oils. That particular section is open Friday through Sunday.
7. El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market (El Paso)
Every Saturday from 9 to 1, you can come here to buy all kinds of fresh produce along with other fresh or handmade items such as body care products, breads, honey and even fresh eggs. Artists also get in on the deal. You can find paintings, handmade jewelry and even artists who work with colored glass. It is truly one of the most unique places that you'll ever be and you can enjoy live music playing throughout the venue the entire time you're there.
6. Fredericksburg Farmers Market (Fredericksburg)
Every March people look forward to the return of this farmers market which is open on Thursday evenings. They're open all summer and they have some of the best local produce, fresh eggs, homemade bread and even local wines that you will find in the entire state. If you're in the area, this is one you definitely don't want to miss.
5. Beaumont Farmers Market (Beaumont)
Every Saturday morning from March through September, this becomes one of the busiest places in the state. They have all kinds of produce, fresh eggs and even fresh dairy products. In addition, you can find some of the most delicious homemade breads and desserts that you have probably ever tasted.
4. Westchase District Farmers Market (Houston)
This market is open in the heart of the city every Thursday from 3 until 7 pm. As a matter of fact, it's one of four farmers markets open in the city. This particular venue has all kinds of fresh produce along with breads, desserts, jellies, eggs and dairy products. There's even a section that has fresh meat, including seafood. Of course, you can also buy handmade body care products and a few other handmade artisan products as well.
3. Main Plaza Farmers Market (San Antonio)
This is your typical farmers market with a little bit of special San Antonio flair thrown in for good measure. There's plenty of fresh produce to be found, along with fresh eggs and handmade body care products. You can also find handmade clothing, other handmade products including jewelry, and special spices that you won't find at hardly any other farmers market in the state. If you love Mexican food, you can find all the ingredients to make a special dish yourself or even purchase ready-to-eat meals that have been handmade.
2. Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market (Waxahachie)
On Saturday mornings between the months of April and October, an entire section of the downtown is transformed into this majestic area where you can buy all kinds of handmade products and fresh produce. If you love purchasing fresh items from local vendors, you can't go wrong here.
1. East Texas State Fair Farmers Market (Tyler)
Last but not least, this one is open every Saturday morning. They have everything you would expect to find at a farmers market, and a few extra items to boot. As a matter of fact, it's one of the only places in the state where you can purchase tomatoes and buy a brand new barn in the same place. Of course, they also have handmade products available and if you're in the market for some rose bushes, you can buy them here as well.
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