An Afternoon at Great Hills Open Air Market

 Tuesday, October 2, 2012

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On Sunday, the rain had stopped.  The weather was cool.  It was a perfect afternoon to grab lunch at Blue Baker in the Arboretum and wander across the parking lot to the new Great Hills Open Air Market.  Part farmer's market, part arts and crafts show, there were plenty of vendors for us to explore.  

There was, of course, a great selection of fresh fruits and veggies, as well as vendors selling bread, gluten-free goodies, and gourmet pasta.  What surprised me was the number of booths with jewelry (I counted twelve) and other mixed media arts for sale.  My eldest son enjoyed talking with a woman about how she knit her "warm fuzzies" and chatting with another artist about the process of making paper-mache masks.  As it turned out, a paper-mache Iron Man mask was the one thing my son could not live without.  Not what I expected to buy at a farmer's market, but I now have one happy 10-year-old dreaming up an Iron Man Halloween costume, complete with armor, made entirely of... paper-mache. Looks like we're going to have an interesting month!

For younger children, the market offers a bounce house, but it is not free.  10 minutes of jumping costs $3 per child, or $5 for two kids.  Adults will appreciate the live music.  It would be nice if you could also find lunch at the market, but we didn't see much in the way of ready-to-eat food. 

Great Hills Open Air Market is held on Sundays, from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine. To see more photos of last week's market, visit the market's Facebook album.  For more information on the market, visit the website.

You may also be interested in: 2012 Farmer's Market Roundup

Great Hills Open Air Market
The Arboretum
Hwy 183 (Research Blvd) & Great Hills Trail
Austin, Texas

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