The Pearl Farmers Market in San Antonio
Yesterday John and I ventured forth to visit new sights in San Antonio. We have so many things to find for our new home and our pantry since we left most of what we owned in Virginia. Ok, I brought my fabric stash and my kitchen. Oh, and all our computers, printers, and various electronic toys. Baking powder, sofas, and kale – those we didn’t move. So, this morning we started out at the Farmers Market at the old Pearl Brewery. We found out today the brewery closed in 2001 and it was turned into a community center.
There are cute shops, event areas, what seemed like plenty of parking, and lots of charm. In fact, the old brewery building is currently being renovated into a hotel. If they keep with the charm of the area, it should be an outstanding destination venue.
The walk was going to be too much for me, so John pushed my wheelchair (oh, I guess he was pushing me also as I was sitting in it ), and we had a great time visiting the farmers market and having breakfast. We started with a wonderful kolache from Sol Y Luna Bakery. It was the biggest sausage and cheese kolache I have ever eaten, and it was delicious. However, I would have liked a little more cheese. You know me; there can never be too much cheese.
Our final stop at the market was also at the Sol Y Luna Bakery for their blueberry cream cheese pastry. Oh my goodness, they are to die for. Don’t pass this up if you ever have an opportunity to taste one. And my tip of the day – don’t share. Make sure everyone has their own. It’s that good.
The market was smaller than I had anticipated. I was surprised at the small number of produce vendors. I wonder, if stores like HEB and Sprouts have had an impact on the direct sell marketplace here. I’ll be honest we were on the hunt for kale as we need it for our green smoothies and found none at the market.
We did find a cheese vendor with Texas cheese offerings. However, this company is just starting out, and they only had very young, or fresh cheese selections. I was really looking for a cheese with a little more complex flavor, so I had to pass. I didn’t try their fresh mozzarella but it looked nice and creamy. They also have a cheese cave somewhere in Austin, and I look forward to seeing if they continue to grow and mature. (Get it? Cheese humor… grow and mature) Ok, too corny, maybe, but I get so few opportunities I just couldn’t resist this one.
The tea and coffee spot did not have iced sweet tea. Not only that, the young man at the booth was just a little condescending about sweet tea. They had all kinds of coffee additives so they surely could have prepared some simple syrup even if they didn’t want to prepare real sweet tea. This is the second place in San Antonio I have visited that was without sweet tea. Not sure what to make of my new hometown…
We ended our morning adventure on a fun note. As we were exiting the Pearl, we found a man who was sharpening knives in his truck/shop outside one of the kitchen boutiques. John has a great knife with a broken tip plus we had been using it to unpack boxes. The knife sharpener not only brought the edge back but also gave him a new point without any extra charges. Now, that is Texas service.
All in all, a great adventure for a Saturday morning. I hope to visit other farmers markets over the next few weeks. My main focus is fruits and vegetables for our green smoothies. I have missed them since we had to pack our Vita Mix for the move. Smoothies start Monday. We found everything we needed at a wonderful HEB on Military Hwy near our new apartment. The smoothies would start tomorrow but our church here in San Antonio has a weekly fellowship meal after service. Give up that wonderful food? No way!
All in all, a fun and delicious visit to the Pearl Farmers Market. I encourage everyone to visit and support local farmers and small businesses. Don’t forget to come with some hungry stomachs and be sure and stop by the Sol Y Luna Bakery.
I wish all of you a great weekend,
Lady Sweet Tea,
Aging Gracefully Southern Style