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The 23rd Street Artists' Market is one of the highlights of the area known as the Drag, located just across the street from the UT campus. It is open year-round and features the handiwork of some great local artisans. There is no set schedule for vendors as far as participation or time slots—a general rule of thumb is that weekends and around the holidays are the most bountiful. Street performers like mimes and jugglers are often around during these heavy traffic times and add to the lively atmosphere. Selections may include handmade jewelry, purses, tie-dyed T-shirts, paintings, prisms, toys, leather goods and more. Open everyday from 10a till dusk, this market makes for an interesting visit.
Angela Atwood and Peg McCoy have devoted a large part of their lives to developing their communities. Farm To Market is just another means to that end. The grocery involves local growers, and all the produce(from apples to zucchini) are grown in and around Austin. Farm To Market also sells handmade cards and an assortment of gift items. Make a suggestion and the grocery will stock it. The flower stand outside the store catches your attention—enter, and you are greeted with warm smiles and hugs. If there's anything that embodies the phrase "of the people, by the people, for the people"—it's Farm To Market.
This member-owned cooperative grocery store is full of organic produce, natural health products, great magazines and bulk foods. They have a large beer and wine selection, including organic wines that taste wonderful with the selection of chocolate bars in the front of the store! There is also a full-service deli with sandwiches, soups, salads, tacos, smoothies and many creative specials. Everyone is welcome to shop in this great environment where you will never hear bad music or get a headache from the fluorescent lights.