Gallery: Market Scene: Downtown Austin Farmers' Market

Heirloom Tomatoes
Heirloom Tomatoes

Beautiful yellow and red ones.

Straight from the Vine
Straight from the Vine

As kraut fans, we were pleased to see this interesting variety on the chalkboard. They had a white kimchi (with carrots, ginger, and garlic), Texas Hot (red cabbage, cilantro, and habanero pepper), lemon garlic dill kraut (if a dill pickle and sauerkraut mated..), and a more traditional recipe with caraway seeds (very Bavarian).

Buddha's Brew
Buddha's Brew

Kombucha from south Austin in flavors like cranberry, blueberry, ginger, and grape from 'buchamaster Kimberly Lanski. She uses locally-grown fruit and fair-trade tea.

Tricky Peppers
Tricky Peppers

A no-heat jalapeno plant nicknamed "Fooled You" (har). The sweet banana peppers looked good too, though a little unwieldy to squish into our luggage.

Round Rock Honey
Round Rock Honey

They make a true wildflower honey, not a varietal honey. All the hives are clustered in small groups and spread across central Texas to capture pollens from various microclimates—from Hutto in the east to Kingsland in the west, Georgetown in the north, and Bee Caves in the south.

Hello, stone fruits
Hello, stone fruits

Don't you just want to grab a basket and bake a pie?

Bola Pizza
Bola Pizza

There's owner Christian putting together our pie, and behind him, you can see the blue tiles (thanks to his mosaic artist friend) on his mobile wood-fired oven. Many of the Bola pies were crossed off the menu by the time we showed up (they usually sell out by noon, so hit up Bola early!) but we were able to snag a "Godfather": smoked mozzarella, hot fennel sausage, caramelized onion, and sauce made with San Marzano tomatoes. He uses a three-day cold ferment dough, and you can really taste the tang in the crust. Stay tuned for the full report on Slice soon!

Texas Olive Ranch
Texas Olive Ranch

At first we thought they were sampling soap; thankfully, that wasn't the case. Olive oil is much tastier. Texas Olive Ranch was the first commercial producers of extra-virgin, 100% Texas olive oil in the state.

Chocolate Milk and Yogurt Samples?
Chocolate Milk and Yogurt Samples?

Yes, please!

20110605-austin-marketscene-primary.jpg
20110605-austin-marketscene-primary.jpg