Winter is a time for hearty comfort food, but during summer it's lighter, healthier fare that takes center stage. Fortunately, there are a number of farmers markets near our Springs San Antonio luxury apartment communities where you can get the freshest produce, baked goods and specialty foods.
1. Pearl Farmers Market
312 Pearl Pkwy, San Antonio
15.4 miles from Springs at Live Oak
Pearl is home to the third location of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, so it's no surprise that top-quality ingredients are right around the corner. Each weekend more than 45 vendors, each located within a 150-mile radius of San Antonio, put their goods on display. Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. is devoted to producers only, while artisanal and prepared foods get the spotlight on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
2. Main Plaza Farmers Market
115 N. Main Ave, San Antonio
16.9 miles from Springs at Live Oak
The Main Plaza Farmers Market is a stop you can add to the itinerary for out-of-town guests. Main Plaza, dating back to the 1700s, is literally and figuratively the heart of San Antonio. With historic sites like the San Fernando Cathedral, Main Plaza has been recognized as one of the country's 10 Great Public Spaces. The farmers market is held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from March through December.
3. Old Gruene Market Days
1724 Hunter Rd, New Braunfels
3.1 miles from Springs at Creekside
Gruene Market Days have been held for more than 30 years in the heart of the Historic District. More than 100 vendors are on hand selling food items, arts and crafts, and personal care products. Everything must be original and made by hand, with no mass-produced, imported, wholesale or collectible items allowed. Parking, admission and live entertainment are all free. Market hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the third full weekend of each month.
4. Hill Country Farmers Market
17503 La Cantera Pkwy, San Antonio
5.8 miles from Springs at Bandera
This market at the RIM Shopping Center is one of three locations operating under the Hill Country umbrella. Local vendors on display include Texas Olive Ranch, and Mike's Seafood and Gourmet Texas Pasta. You can even get artisanal treats for Fido at PAWsitively Sweet Bakery. Hill Country is open year-round on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
5. Helotes MarketPlace
14931 Riggs Rd., Helotes
7.7 miles from Springs at Alamo Ranch
Helotes MarketPlace qualifies more as a festival than a mere farmers market. The market takes up a sizable part of Old Town Helotes and features live music, food trucks, local businesses and organizations, handmade arts and crafts, and kids' activities in addition to fresh produce. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.
Most markets are held rain or shine, so don't let weather affect your plans! Did we miss your favorite farmers market? Tell us about it in the comments!