I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I’m kind of a farmers’ market geek! I always make my husband stop at markets whenever we’re visiting a new city. Just last week-end we stopped for plums at a road side stand in New Mexico, and last year we hit up the market in Delft while we were in Holland. I think going to the market is one of the best ways to get to know a city and a different culture.
When we first moved to San Antonio six years ago, I was kind of disappointed in the market situation. We moved here from Salt Lake City, and I was sure that if SLC could support an amazing year round market, certainly San Antonio would have something comparable. But, six years ago, there was no Pearl Market (you can read Christina’s post about the Pearl here), no Quarry Market, no Southtown Market, and certainly nothing like the new market at the Eilan! What existed was a group of smaller parking lot markets. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t give the parking lot markets much of chance. I was a market snob. I wanted a place where I could get a chocolate macaroon and a fancy lemonade!
I was so thrilled with the arrival of all the new markets that I quickly forgot about the original markets. This week I went back to the market in Leon Valley, and I fell in love! Seriously the friendliest vendors ever! When you’re deciding what market to go to, you have to ask yourself, what is the purpose of your visit? If you want some fancy lemonade, live music and grass-fed beef, you should probably head to a hipster market downtown, but if you’re looking for a quick visit for some produce, head to one of the smaller markets.
The great thing about San Antonio is that we have lots of markets now that can cater to everyone. I haven’t been out to the market at the Eilan, Ripe, but I think it looks like the most family friendly, with face painting and other children’s activities. We also made a trek out to the New Braunfels market, which is great if you live out there, but if you’re central to San Antonio, it’s quite a drive.
So, here is a list of some of the city’s best markets. I tried to cover them all. Have I forgotten your favorite? Let me know in the comments!
San Antonio’s Best Farmers’ Markets:
Pearl Farmers’ Market: Pearl Brewery, Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Quarry Farmers’ Market: Quarry Shopping Center, Sundays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Leon Valley Market: Leon Valley Community Center, Wednesdays, 7:30 am – 1:00pm
Southtown Market: Blue Star Arts Complex, Saturdays, 9:00am-1:00pm
Ripe Market at Eilan: Eilan Hotel, Sundays, 10:00am-2:00pm