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Ultimate Guide to Abilene's Farmers Markets

Ultimate Guide to Abilene's Farmers Markets

Visitors and residents alike love to spend time in downtown Abilene, and for good reason. Farmers Market Abilene provides plenty of opportunities to browse varied local selections, offering plenty of chances to connect with local producers. Before visiting a TX Farmers Market, there are a few things that you need to know, though.
Thanks to this guide, it has never been easier to find the best farmers' markets that the city has to offer. If you would like to learn more about the best places to visit, please be sure to read on.

Abilene Farmer's Market Vendors

Chrane Ranch Beef 

Daphna and Terry Chrane have been carrying on family tradition, providing fresh cuts of beef from their family-owned Dudley ranch that recently celebrated its 100th anniversary. Their beef is all Angus-raised and free of any additives or chemicals. When the elements allow, they sell produce and fresh-cut flowers as well. Lamb, lotions, candles and baked goods round out their selection, depending on the day.

a bunch of colorful flowers in a market

ML Farms

This fifth-generation operation is run by Becky, who resides in Jones County. All of the beef, pork, and chicken that she has to offer is farm-raised and free of all of the typically harmful additives. Her baked goods are gluten-free and align with a keto diet. Becky is also happy to provide jellies, jams, pickles and infused olive oils.

Jones/Haskell Farmer's Market

Run by Tommy Bearden, who also resides in Jones County, this retired educator has found a new hobby to share with the greater Abilene area. Everything that is sold by Tommy has been raised in his own backyard garden. Fresh produce can be found here and Tommy offers seedling plants in all varieties. Feel free to stop by and ask him for gardening advice!

Sherry's Quack Farm

Sherry Gayle has a well-earned reputation for herself as the egg lady, as she specializes in duck and chicken eggs. Goose eggs are provided on a seasonal basis as well. Canned goods and seasonal produce are provided at her station, where all items that are sold are produced in nearby Aspermont.

a bunch of eggs in a wooden box

Bears Bake Shop

Urban and Melissa Rogers have been baking for 35 years and it shows! Whether you have a taste for cinnamon rolls, fruit kolaches, cakes or breads, they have got you covered. Kolaches are a great substitution for donuts, by the way, as they contain 2/3 less sugar. Every item here is baked fresh, rolled by hand and prepared with all-natural ingredients.

When Is Farmers Market Abilene Open?

This farmers market opens every Saturday, from the hours of 8 AM to 12 PM. However, these hours can change a bit with each season. The market may open a bit earlier during the summer and a bit later during fall/winter, as farmers tend to pattern their routines to align with the sunlight.

Abilene Agriculture

The Texas harvest calendar is an invaluable resource when it comes to finding out more about what is in season and what is not. While you will want to check the calendar for specific items, there are certain rules of thumb that are easy enough to follow. For starters, most fruits (such as apples, grapes, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) tend to be available during the summer months.

On the other hand, greens (such as broccoli, cabbage, celery and spinach) are more widely available once the weather gets a bit colder. January through March are the best months for you to locate these items. As for veggies, these are always going to be on hand during the summer months, so be sure to plan accordingly.

a person holding a bunch of grapes in their hands

General Farmers Market Abilene Tips

Those who are looking to save a few dollars are advised to buy in bulk. This is how the best flavors are found, as well as the best prices. Make your purchases at the harvest peak to maximize these savings. You will also want to make sure that you bring your own cloth grocery bags once it is time to pack up all of your amazing finds.

It is not reasonable to expect each station to have enough bags to go around. The more bags you bring, the better. After all, you never know what you are going to find. One last word to the wise: you will want to carry cash. Do not make the mistake of assuming that all vendors are going to be able to process debit card payments. Bring both as a means of ensuring that you are able to get your hands on everything that you want.

a display of fruits and vegetables on a table

After The Abilene Farmers Market: Things To Do In Downtown Abilene

Looking for fun things to do in downtown Abilene? Those who are looking to learn more about Western heritage can visit Frontier Texas!, where the frontier comes to life with the use of state-of-the-art technology. The Grace Museum also provides valuable opportunities to take in a wide range of art that has been created by creatives with connections to Texas.

Meanwhile, if you're trying to find something even the littlest ones will enjoy, there are some solid options to choose from. The Adamson-Spalding Storybook Garden allows children to enjoy special moments with classic storybook characters that have been brought to life. The National Center For Children's Illustrated Literature is another great choice and of course, it comes with a fully stocked bookstore to browse.

If you are looking for a new residence in the Abilene region, you have come to the right place. Our apartments in Abilene are conveniently located less than 15 minutes away from the farmers' market, so you will always be able to make the trip. Feel free to contact us today if you would like to learn more about what we currently have available.