Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller is officially open

The Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller is open every Sunday at Mueller‘s historic Browning Hangar off Airport Boulevard from 10-2, rain or shine. Over 40 Texas vendors sell local seasonal produce, meats, cheeses, baked goods and specialty foods with more vendors being added every week. Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller also hosts live local music, family friendly activities and chef demonstrations every week.

Find us on Facebook or sign up for our e-newsletter to keep up with all the latest news on the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller. Be sure to head over to the Austin American-Statesman to check out the beautiful photo gallery captured on our grand opening day which was filled with lots of family-friendly activities.

We look forward to seeing you.

Ranchers + Farmers

• Countryside Farm (Cedar Creek, TX)
• Engel Farms (Fredericksburg, TX)
• Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese (Austin, TX)
• Fresh Pastures Farm (Taylor, TX)
• Green Gate Farms (Austin, TX)
• Hairston Creek Farm (Burnet, TX)
• Johnson’s Backyard Garden (Austin, TX)
• Kitchen Pride Mushroom Farm (Gonzales, TX)
• McCall Creek Farms / Itz Garden (Blanco, TX)
• McGreary Ranch (Hood County, TX)
• Microbial Earth (Austin, TX)
• Mil-King Market & Creamery (McGregor, TX)
• OrganiCare Farms (Taylor, TX)
• Pure Luck Dairy (Dripping Springs, TX)
• Round Rock Honey (Round Rock, TX)
• RRR Farm (Bastrop, TX)
• Smith & Smith Farms (Rogers, TX)
• Tecolote Farm (Manor, TX)
• Texas Hill Country Olive Company (Dripping Springs, TX)
• Winters Family Beef (Brady, TX)

Food Artisans:

•Algiani’s Indonesian Cuisine (Austin, TX)
• Buddha’s Brew Kombucha (Austin, TX)
• Cake and Spoon (Austin, TX)
• Confituras
• Dr. Rawsome (Austin, TX)
• Granola Mama (Cedar Park, TX)
• Kala’s Kusine (Austin, TX)
• Katz Coffee (Austin, TX)
• LaLa’s Lemonade (Austin, TX)
• Lamba’s Royal Indian Food (Austin, TX)
• Mom & Pops All Natural Frozen Pops (Austin, TX)
• Moonshine Sweet Tea (Lago Vista, TX)
• Pogue Mahone Pickles (Austin, TX)
• Poochie Trends Pet Boutique & Bakery (Leander, TX)
• Sweetish Hill Bakery (Austin, TX)
• Tamale Place (Austin, TX)
• The Pie Society (Austin, TX)
• The Yogurt Factory (Austin, TX)
• Zhi Tea (Austin, TX)

Specialty Vendors:

• East Austin Succulents (Austin, TX)
• Flat Creek Estate Winery & Vineyard (Marble Falls, TX)
• K&S Seafood (Austin, TX)
• Maria Rendez Cotton
• South Austin People Soap (Austin, TX)
• Terra Wear (Austin, TX)
• Texas Sake Company (Austin, TX)
• Tiger’s Eye Jewelry
• Soy Delite Candles

Water….What Kinds are Really Good For You?

Are you confused by the numerous brands and categories of water?  Here’s a brief overview of the different types of water, as well as their pros and cons.

Water Classifications:

  • Tap Water – This city that you reside in provides water that has been purified using chlorine. In Austin, Texas, for instance, tap water is sourced from the Colorado River, which is then purified through chlorination. To learn more visit, AustinTexas.gov. Pro: It’s relatively inexpensive. Con: Chlorine is linked to cancer.
  • Distilled Water (Bottled) – Water goes through a process known as vaporization, which essentially eliminates any type of solids in the water. Pro: Pure water. Con: No mineral content.
  • Natural  Spring Water (Bottled) – Water that is derived and packaged at a natural spring. Pro: Natural water that contains minerals. Con: BPA from plastic container contaminates water, and contributes to environmental pollution.
  • Private Water Wells – Water is sourced by drilling a hole into a water source, which is then pumped to the surface. A list of water wells in Austin, Texas, can be sourced here. Pro: Not counting the electricity it takes to pump it into the house, well water is free. It’s not chlorinated or fluoridated, and there are no monthly bills to deal with. Con:  well water may not be as pure as you think, and it may pose risks that could cause illness if not addressed.
  • Harvested/Collected or bottled rain water- Pros: good for the environment Cons: expensive to catch, filter and store and expensive to purchase by the bottle.
  • Flavored waters (bottled) These waters come in festive colors and delicious flavors.  Pros: deliver some vitamins Cons: The taste is great due to sugar and unnatural ingredients.  One bottle of vitamin Water has 125 calories and 32.5 g of sugar.  For those with low calorie counts, remember, the more beverages with artificial sweetener you consume during the day, the more your body will crave sugar.

 

Safe Water Options:

  • Use a filter that either eliminates minute particles in the water, or an ozone filter that purifies the tap water without chlorine. Minerals are retained in this process, and it saves on the resources that bottled water uses up. The same process used by many brands of bottled water companies can be exercised at home to save money.

 

  • Rainwater harvesting is another option when the opportunity allows. The Austin, Texas, municipality has water conservation initiatives that provide rebates to residents who utilize this method.

As an additional note, when buying local from farmers who grow sustainably, it means less pollution will make its way to water sources in the community.

CPFM Market Mutt ~ Jesse

This week’s market mutt is, Jesse, a  3 year old Boston Terrier/Border Collie mix.  Jesse’s owner actually helps run the Lil paws Maltese Rescue.  You maybe wondering, “well, how did she end up with Jesse?”. Three years ago, while browsing Craig’s list Jesse’s owner ran across an ad that said, “Puppy to get rid of.  Will be in back yard. Just come and take her.”. Having a soft spot for dogs, Jesse’s owner went straight over to the address listed and there she was, all alone in the back yard.  Now Jesse spends her days playing with the wonderful Maltese doggies coming through the rescue and getting love and attention. She loves swimming, running, and playing fetch.  Look for Jesse and her owners stocking up on veggies at Johnson’s Backyard Garden, (that’s where we found them) and ask about their wonderful rescue organization.

CPFM Market Sprout ~ Zach

This week’s market sprout is Zach.  He was enjoying a delicious gluten-free brownie from the Sweet Texas booth.  Zach told us that his absolute favorite thing at the market is the kombucha from Budda’s Brew and his favorite flavor is blueberry.  Zach and his family told us they love coming to the market as often as possible and they especially love our market because we have so many great vendors.  Take Zach’s advice and try the kombucha!

What’s So Wrong With Supersizing?

The cliché of supersizing everything, has literally affected the health of many Americans. While huge homes and vehicles provide comfort and plenty of breathing space as a choice for those who can afford these luxuries, what’s so wrong with supersizing foods?

For a few cents more, many restaurants provide patrons the option to supersize meals and drinks. This might seem like a deal to many, but in the long-term, the effects are obesity, high cholesterol and a host of other conditions.

The fact is supersizing is wrong, because it contributes to these types of epidemics, in both children and adults. Let’s explain why:

The average person needs only a specified amount of calories per day, with guidelines being 1500 to 3000 calories the more beverages with artificial sweetener you consume during the day, the more your body will crave sugar.es, based on age, gender and the level of physical activity. When these amounts are exceeded, the result is weight gain.

As an example, a combo meal at McDonalds, complete with a burger, and supersized fries and drinks, contains over 1,000 calories.

Supersizing isn’t limited to take-out alone, it’s seen every day in servings of home-cooked meals. Remember your loving, well intended Mother saying you need to “clean your plate”.

While counting every single calorie consumed can be frustrating and obsessive, the diet can be kept healthy and in moderation with the following tips.

Tips for Downsizing Meals:

  • Create a daily meal plan, with a total calorie count that doesn’t exceed your personal requirements.
  • Read the menu contents and total calorie values when ordering meals from restaurants.
  • At home, try to eat in smaller portions, and swap carbs such as pasta and rice with healthier ones like fruits and vegetables.
  • To help keep full throughout the day, experts recommend filling up on proteins like eggs.

When it comes to downsizing and reducing the waistline, it’s all about portions. Many individuals swear by spreading five smaller meals throughout the day, instead of eating three whopping meals.

It’s also keen to remember that when trying to lose weight and downsize, it’s better to do so with healthy foods. Some of these include sustainably grown, local and seasonal foods. You’ll find that some of the best foods to be found are those available at Cedar Park or Mueller Farmers’ Markets.