It hasn’t even ‘officially’ opened, but the buzz has already started about the Pearl Farmers Market. I got there early, about 7:30 a.m., Saturday morning while the tents were just going up. Fresh cucumbers, zucchinis, lettuces, red and gold beets, strawberries…you name it all being unloaded to sell in the market. Cora Lamar with Oak Hill Farms in Poteet filled me in on all the details while we waited for the 9 a.m. start time. The farmers who sell their goods at the market are all local to our area within about a 150 mile radius. In addition to fresh produce, there’s grass-fed bison, grass-fed goat, grass-fed lamb and grass-fed beef. Also, farm raised tilapia and shrimp. Another treat – Bruce Auden from the fabulous and very well known Biga on the Banks restaurant was there with fresh baked breads.
It reminded me of the markets in California. Mike and I spent a lot of time in northern California in October and fell in love with all the farmers markets in the small towns there. The produce tastes better when it’s grown nearby – it doesn’t have to be picked early and shipped hundreds, sometimes thousands of miles before it gets to your table. The only thing missing at Saturday’s market was organically grown produce. Cora says there is a producer who sells organic produce but she wasn’t able to make Saturday’s sale. I look forward to checking out her goods next week.
So mark your calendars. The grand opening of the Pearl Farmers Market is Saturday, May 16, at 9 a.m. It goes till 1 p.m., but if you want lots of choices, get there early. The market is at Pearl Stables site… 200 East Grayson Street San Antonio, TX. Bring cash.