AUSTIN (KXAN) - It could soon get easier to get your hands on fresh, locally grown foods. The City of Austin is considering a year-round, seven-day-a-week farmers market.
Some city officials visited Pike Place Market in Seattle to see how a permanent farmer's market might operate.
A study from the city's Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office says Austin could pull it off. The study found a similar market in Austin could have a $4 billion impact on everything from grocery stores to restaurants and bars and manufacturers.
Hyde Park Bar and Grill in Austin has been serving up unique Texan and American dishes for three decades; more recently--with a new emphasis.
"The buzzword is health--and local," said restaurant manager Patrick Marechal.
He says a more accessible farmers market in Austin would only make sourcing local ingredients easier.
"As it stands right now, we might order three or four times a week, [if the farmers market was more frequent] we could actually go and get stuff every single day," said Marechal.
It's more than convenience for restaurants. They know that the customers walking through their doors like to see local ingredients on the menu.
"I like the local aspect. Local and fresh is a draw," said Katherine Clark, who was dining at Hyde Park Bar and Grill.
An expanded farmers market could also draw in new shoppers
"If there were one that I knew was open seven days a week and it was in the same location all the time, I think I would probably go more often," said Amy Stabeno.
"At this point, everybody wants to do local things," said Marechal, "They want to support the local economy. There's no reason we need to be getting our stuff from down in the valley or from out in California."
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