Éilan, the swanky Tuscan-inspired development on San Antonio’s far northwest side, has launched a new farmer’s market called “Ripe.” (www.EilanRipe.com) The market is in “preview” mode, which I assume means that organizers are testing the market before going full-tilt with a weekly market in early September.
Check out the setting!
This isn’t the first market in the area, of course. The Hill Country Farmers Market Association has been active in Leon Springs on Saturdays and at The Rim–just across IH-10–on Sundays for several years, building quite a following. It will be interesting what competition between the two markets does for consumers.
Ripe really kicks the farmer’s market shopping experience up a notch. This morning, at the first preview (two more are slated for July and August), there were food trucks, face painting for the kids, a live jazz band, free t-shirts, and complimentary chair massages.
The real coup in my book is that Ripe persuaded Johnson’s Backyard Garden from up in Austin to set up a booth. I’ve had friends participate in the CSA up there for years, so it was a real treat to check out their goods.
The booth lived up to the hype. And the staff was very pleasant. Say “hi” to Brenna, who was very pleased to be invited to hang out in San Antonio.
Since I can’t eat gluten anymore (there were a few baked-good vendors with goodies), I stuck to purchasing veggies from Brenna and lemonade from the Lemonade Co.
There were food trucks, of course.
And then there was the standard mix of crunchy-cool handmade soaps and some nice handmade art.
The jazz band was fantastic!
All in all, it was a positive first preview weekend. My only beef with the market? They use a shot of the Tuscan hills and sky for the background on the Ripe website.
Hello? What about the Texas hills upon which the market sits?
I mean, if we’re going to celebrate local food, art and artisans, let’s celebrate the local setting, too.
This note came in later on the day this post went up. It’s from Dawn, one of the organizers:
Thanks so much for coming out for Ripe and your comment re: the website is noted. The site came to be very quickly and we’ll be updating/changing the look ASAP.
Glad you enjoyed the vendors–we’ll be back in July, again in August and then weekly in September.
Social media savvy AND quick to respond! Sounds like Ripe is off to a great start.