Markets now accepting SNAP; Fermentation Festival dates announced

fermentationfestivalTwo pieces of news this week from the Texas Farmers Market, which operates the Lakeline, Mueller and Domain farmers markets every weekend.

First, two of these three markets — Lakeline and Mueller — are now accepting payment through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. Those SNAP Lonestar Dollars can be used to buy food items at the market, and customers can double up to $20 of their SNAP allotment when buying fruits and vegetables. These two markets also participate in the Farmers Market Nutrition program through WIC.

Second, TFM announced last week that it is bringing back the Austin Fermentation Festival for the second year on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Barr Mansion, 10463 Sprinkle Road. The keynote speaker will be Jennifer McGruther, author of “The Nourished Kitchen,” and the day will also include fermentation workshops, live music, a culture swap, lunch and a market with fermented goods and books for sale.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Texas Farmers’ Market Farmer Emergency Fund, which offers financial assistance to TFM farmers and ranchers in times of environmental, personal or other crisis. You can buy tickets ($20 for general admission, $40 for VIP) and find out more at fermentatx2015.eventbrite.com.

You can also apply to present a workshop or sell your goods by going to bit.ly/AFFWorkshopApplication2015 and bit.ly/AFFVendorApplication2015, respectively.

If you’re new to town, here are the details about these markets: The Lakeline market takes place Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive. The market at the Browning Hangar at Mueller, 4550 Mueller Blvd., is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays, followed by the Domain market, 3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, from 3 to 6 p.m. Sundays.

Author: Addie Broyles

Food writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.com.

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