Join us at Texas Farmers’ Market as we celebrate Earth Month all April long! Our mission of growing a sustainable local food system in Central Texas is directly intertwined with the health of our planet. Shopping at the farmers’ markets is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, because you are purchasing food that was grown within 150 miles of our market, as opposed to being shipped in from thousands of miles away. Join us every weekend in April for a series of fun events and programming to educate and inspire on the many ways we can all do our part to help protect our planet. Check out the full schedule below and RSVP on Facebook for Lakeline & Mueller.
These events are FREE and open to all!
Every Saturday at Lakeline, 10am-12pm (middle 2 hours of market) at the TFM info booth
Every Sunday at Mueller 11am-1pm (middle 2 hours of market) in front of Pavilion
Stop by our Sample the Market booth every weekend in April for zero waste recipes and tips on how to use ALL of your produce. Check out our zero waste recipe archive for more ideas.
Free Community Compost Drop-Off: Every Saturday at Lakeline, 9am-1pm at TFM info booth
Did you know that 1.2 million pounds of food is wasted every day in Austin? Food is responsible for 21% of all greenhouse gas emissions produced by our community (Source: City of Austin’s Office of Sustainability). Texas Farmers’ Market strives to reduce waste with our Community Compost Program at Lakeline in partnership with Break it Down Austin. Every Saturday shoppers can drop their compost at our Lakeline market. Break it Down picks it up, processes it, and distributes it back to local farms where it is used to grow more produce. For compost tips and info click here.
Our community compost partner, Break it Down, will be at the Mueller market with an interactive compost demo and information about their services. Break it Down envisions a world where resources are valued, not wasted. They offer full-stream composting and recycling services for businesses of all kinds.
Bring the whole family and enjoy fun activities for kids every second Saturday & Sunday. For Easter weekend, we’re conserving our precious eggs and hunting for roosters instead. There will be five miniature roosters hidden throughout the market – find them all, and bring a list of their locations to our info booth. The first 10 kids to find them all will get $5 in market bucks to use for a special treat from any market vendor.
In addition, we will have non-profits Higher Ground for Humanity and Mama Sana Vibrant Woman joining us this weekend:
Higher Ground for Humanity is a life skills academy for young minds. Their mission is to empower middle – high school students with the skills, expertise, and community to navigate their own emotional and physical well-being. Visit their booth for food literacy, nutrition, and emotional health offerings for the whole family.
Mama Sana Vibrant Woman seeks to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes for communities of color in Central Texas by providing culturally congruent education and support using the midwifery model of care.
Our community compost partner, Break it Down, will be at the Lakeline market with an interactive compost demo and information about their services. Break it Down envisions a world where resources are valued, not wasted. They offer full-stream composting and recycling services for businesses of all kinds.
Monique Santua was born in the Philippines and raised in Houston, TX. She has spent several years deepening her knowledge and passion for the Austin food system with her work as Market Chef / Marketing & Events Coordinator at Texas Farmers Markets and founding Gastromonique, a personal chef and catering service focused on locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable experiences. Monique then moved to the restaurant world, working as the Sous Chef at Lenoir. Afterwards, she spent 4 months at Hiša Franko, a 2 Michelin Star farm to table restaurant in Slovenia and traveling all around Europe in search of inspiring new flavors. She is now back in Austin, dishing up meats and pastas at Birdie’s. Stop by during the middle two hours of market for a special zero waste chef demo!
Celebrate Earth Day with us at Texas Farmers’ Market Lakeline! Stop by our Compost booth for a fun compost demo and don’t forget to bring your compost for drop-off too! Next door at our Sample the Market booth, we’ll be showcasing ways you can use every part of your produce as well with unique recipes and more. For information about our free community compost program, as well as tips and zero-waste recipe ideas, click here.
Join us during the middle two hours of the market for a natural dye workshop with New Leaf Agriculture.They will be showing how they dye items with natural dye made from Mexican Marigolds grown at their farm, which creates a gorgeous golden yellow shade. We will also dye and raffle off some items including a Texas Farmers’ Market tote bag!
New Leaf Agriculture is a social enterprise of the Multi-Cultural Refugee Coalition, which trains and employs refugee farmers from traditional farming cultures in dignified work that reconnects them to farming in their new communities.
We will close out Earth Month with a very special event at our Mueller market. Bring the whole family and stop by in front of the pavilion to learn about caterpillars and butterflies with Nain Yepez of Red River Gardens. Red River Gardens specializes in native plants and pollinators, teaching shoppers how to utilize the plants that naturally grow around us as food sources or to create beautiful and welcoming environments for our pollinator friends. They will provide a special interactive experience of being able to hold the caterpillars, see how they hatch into beautiful butterflies, and release them into the sky.