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Farmers markets offer an abundance of delights such as charcuterie, fermented foods, salsa plump tomatoes, and select seasonal fruit, and it is a good place to enjoy some freshly baked goods over a steaming cup of joe. Elimination of packaging, shipping and wholesale costs also adds to the perks of being a farmers market consumer. While you're there, chat with a farmer over growing techniques or learn how to start a community garden. And just in case you're skeptical about purchasing produce in a parking lot, don't worry — all vendors are registered with the Texas Department of Agriculture.
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Pearl Farmers Market

The Pearl Farmers Market, one of SA's largest, is held every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Pearl Brewery. There's always a large selection of produce, baked goods, grass-fed meats, and Texas honey. Located upstream from the San Antonio Art Museum on the San Antonio River, and near several top restaurants, visiting this market could be one of many stops on a hike along the River Walk's Museum Reach.

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San Antonio Farmers Market Association

The San Antonio Farmers Market Association provides weekday shopping at a variety of locations, providing fresh fish, jams, jellies, and handmade soaps in addition to seasonal produce. Visit the website to find current locations and times.

Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market

Another large outdoor market is The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market, held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot near Whole Foods at the Quarry Market. There are many vendors including Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese and Engel Farms, which began in the 1800s near Fredericksburg. Cowgirl granola is a local favorite, made by Heather Hunter with 12 nutritious ingredients. She also makes her own fancy mustards.

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