My goal in the next month or so is to make it to as many of the Austin Farmer’s Markets as I can. This last Sunday, before picking up Andrew from the airport, Delilah and I stopped by the Farmer’s Market at Mueller. This market is North and a little East of downtown.
When looking at the website before heading over I was surprised to see that they allowed dogs. All the markets in LA have a strict no dog policy so I was so excited to be able to take Delilah along. Although it was a stimulation overload for her, I think it will be a good training tool, but definitely a job for two people.
The market is small and quaint. It sits up against a huge man-made pond that has massive steps you can sit on and enjoy your coffee or food. There is an old plane hanger in the middle set up with picnic benches underneath so enjoy your food at.
There was an even amount of produce vendors and craft vendors. People were selling handmade jewelry, soaps, raw dog food and coffee of course. I had recently gone grocery shopping so I just opted for some fresh tamales. I’m always a sucker for eating tamales at a farmer’s market. I used to get them in Chico with my mom, sister and her kids. My mom would always be a little annoyed with how much they charged. She would say, “that’s ridiculous, I know how much masa costs, I can just make these myself.” The Larchmont market in LA also had a local tamale vendor with some really kick ass salsa.
These tamales from Tamale Addiction were worth the price. After reading about the local couple who started the company from the ground up reaffirmed my feelings about supporting local small businesses. While I am all about the lard in tamales, if you remember my post during my year of cooking, lard can be a real pain in the ass, trying to get your masa to float and all, I do appreciate the different approach to these tamales. These guys use organic masa, no lard and make tamales that are vegan, vegetarian, sweet and meat filled. They also wrap them in either corn husks or banana leafs.
I got the pork tomatillo and the chicken mole tamales. I grabbed one of each of the salsa, a roja and verde. My favorite of the two was the chicken mole with the salsa roja. I like that it wasn’t all masa, which happens sometimes when people are making such large batches. These two tamales filled me up for hours. Even Delilah was digging the smells.
There were a good amount of food trucks that I can’t wait to try out next time. There is also a truck that sells biscuits and gravy which will be my tool to get Andrew outta bed and headed over.