Earth Day may be over, but Earth Month isn’t, and we’re still drawing attention to sustainability efforts you can practice year-round in ATX.
We recently asked our readers which eco-friendly practices they wanted to learn most about. Last week, we answered your top question on how to shop plastic-free in Austin and today, we’re following up with your second most-chosen question: where to buy locally grown produce.
Locally grown food’s carbon footprint can be as much as five-to-17 times smaller than conventionally produced food. It also saves water, keeps money circulating in the local economy, and may have a higher nutritional value.
So, here’s where to get the good stuff.
One of the largest farmers’ markets in the city is the Texas Farmers’ Market at Mueller, which runs on Sundays and boasts 120+ vendors from within 150 miles of Austin. But there are several smaller markets worth visiting in ATX, as well — check out our guide.
Support a local farm directly with CSAs, which stands for community supported agriculture. Joining a CSA means you financially support a local farm in exchange for part of that farm’s bounty. There are ~20 CSAs in Austin — find one near you at LocalHarvest.org.
Look for local labels
Austin-area grocery stores like Central Market, Wheatsville, Thom’s Market, and Whole Foods all make an effort to sell locally made products, so keep an eye out for that “local” label. H-E-B also sells more than 3,700 products grown, raised, or made in Texas.
Get local produce dropped off right at your door with local services like Farmhouse Delivery or Farm to Table Texas.