Mueller Market

Mueller Farmer's MarketWhile I love the Saturday SFC downtown market, I must admit I tend to spend my Saturday mornings enjoying a leisurely brunch over stocking up on vegetables, meaning most my weekend farmer’s market trips are generally delayed until Sunday. Until recently, this meant habitual Sunday trips to the fantastic HOPE Market, mentioned here. However, I finally broke from tradition a few weeks back to visit the new(ish) Mueller Farmer’s Market. Housed in the Browning Hanger, the F2M Texas-sponsored market opened last year to provide locals with yet another option to find farm fresh fruits and vegetables, local protein and other artisan goods.

Compared to the more laidback, relaxed HOPE, the Mueller Market is a hub of activity complete with demos, wine tastings, and kid-friendly activities. The vendors include many of the usual suspects like Johnson’s Backyard Farm, Dos Lunas cheese, and Dai Due as well as a few new favorites only found at a select number of markets.

While visiting the market, I highly recommend stopping by K & S Seafood to take home some of the freshest seafood found in Austin. Owner Scott Treaster works with fisherman across the gulf coast to source his stock of jumbo shrimp, oysters, crab and fish such as grouper and red snapper. Beginning in March K & S Seafood will also have King Crab Legs in stock. Price points range anywhere from $7 to $20 for a filet depending on size and type and around $13/lb. of shrimp. Based on filet size, freshness and quality, I have found K & S Seafood’s price points to be extremely reasonable. Not surprisingly, K & S’s gulf seafood is a popular market item, so visit early to ensure the best variety.

K & S Seafood

K & S Seafood

Dinner w/K&S Seafood Grouper

Dinner w/K&S Seafood Grouper

If the aforementioned gulf seafood evokes a certain longing for summer days at the beach, then the only real solution is to pick up a sweet treat from New World Gelato. To create his gelatos, New World’s owner Brent Petersen uses locally sourced, organic ingredients, including milk from Mill King.  Flavors include traditional offerings such as caramel sea salt and Belgian dark chocolate to out of the box specialties like Guinness stout. Though the gelatos I sampled were delicious, I am more of a sorbet girl and therefore left with a tangy lemon and creamy raspberry sorbet. By using fresh fruits and juices, New World Gelato’s sorbets are not only packed with natural flavor, but also lighter and less overly sweet than store bought varieties.

New World Gelato

New World Gelato

The Mueller Market, located at 4550 Mueller Blvd., Austin, TX 78723, happens every Sunday from 10am-2pm. More information, including vendors, can be found here.

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