FRUITS OF LABOR
Pearl Farmers Market harvests Sundays for makers amid continued growth
Pearl Farmers Market, a staple of the mixed-use San Antonio development since its groundbreaking launch in 2009, has grown into such a flourishing success that it’s branching out with a new structure.
Just in time for its 12th anniversary on Saturday, May 15, Pearl Farmers Market, which hosts more than 50 local vendors at its weekend market events, will split its offerings across weekend days. The farmers market will continue to take place on Saturdays from 9 am-1 pm, while Sundays will be reserved for its Makers Market.
The change will allow the Makers Market to expand and add more local artisans and producers who create culinary-inspired wares. Beginning May 16, shoppers will have access to more than 40 Makers Market vendors every Sunday from 10 am-2 pm.
With the knowledge that fresh, local produce just tastes better, some 6,000 shoppers flock to Pearl Farmers Market every week, where they can purchase produce from vendors who grow within a 150-mile radius of San Antonio.
And word seems to be sprouting up about the market elsewhere, even outside of Texas. USA Today recently noted that the farm-to-table movement has grown so popular in the U.S. that there are now more than 8,600 registered farmer markets in the country. The publication planted Pearl Farmers Market at the No. 5 spot on its nationwide list of Best Farmers Markets in 2021, making it the only Texas famers market to be ranked.
It was a welcome shout-out for the market, whose many producers have suffered recent setbacks thanks to the pandemic and the February winter storm that devastated many Texas crops.
“After such a trying year with the pandemic and the winter storm that threatened so many of our region’s producers, we are thrilled with the national recognition placing us in the top five for U.S. farmers markets,” says chief marketing officer Elizabeth Fauerso. “Pearl’s weekend markets have grown tremendously over the last dozen years. As part of our market’s evolution, we are creating a new structure that features Farmers Market on Saturdays and Makers Market on Sundays.”
As part of its 12th anniversary celebration, Pearl Farmers Market will be serving up some complimentary cupcakes to market shoppers on Saturday, May 15, while those tasty desserts last.