Every Tuesday night the Buzz Mill, a San Marcos restaurant on Guadalupe Street, hosts a farmers market and open mic night. The farmers market features produce from the Central Texas Farmers Co-op and runs from 4 – 7 p.m., while the open mic night is open to anyone and runs from 8 p.m. until everybody goes home.
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At 7 p.m. the sun goes down and the lights come on as the Buzz Mill gets ready for a busy night. Zach Halfin, the crop coordinator of the Central Texas Farmers Co-op, says the local market at the Buzz Mill is growing steadily. “We’ve doubled our customers every season so far,” Halfin said. Local farmers from the Central Texas Farmers Co-op sell a bundle of fresh herbs to a buyer. Produce for sale at the 4 – 7 p.m. farmers market includes locally-grown rainbow chard and beets. Halfin enjoys a beer as the market closes for the night. At 8 p.m., buyers move from the farmers market out front to the stage at the back of the Buzz Mill and settle in for a night of music. C.J. Williams, a local musician, performs a solo set to start the evening. Friends enjoy drinks during the show. Zach “Horseshoe” Tyndall, a local singer-songwriter, has been regularly performing at the Buzz Mill for the past month. “It gives me a motivation to work on and learn songs without a whole lot of pressure,” Tyndall said. Audience members get comfortable. Buds and brews occupy the audience. Gear waits for owners between performances. Tyndall steadies his nerves before his set. Tyndall performs an original song on his acoustic guitar. Applause from the audience is abundant.
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Some vibrant beets at the farmers market. Fresh from local farms. Green onions can be used in almost dish! Fresh picked swiss chard. “All of the produce are from local farms around Central Texas. The radishes can easily be tossed into a fresh salad for a nice crunch.” – Veronica Halfin (left). Veronica Halfin (left) and Ellen Waller (right) Were very kind and explained all the different types of produce they had to offer. Try using arugula instead of lettuce in your next salad. Empty baskets = great success. The farmers market is held every Tuesday 4-7 PM at Buzz Mill in San Marcos. Come early to get some fresh produce. For college students living in San Marcos, you can go to the Central Texas Farmers Co-op facebook page and join their community. Here you can get a subscription to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. When you buy/pick up an order, you can grab some fresh flowers to take home with you. Beautiful pink flowers from a local farm. Sunset in the back of Buzz Mill waiting for the open mic performers to go on. Grab some beets from the Central Texas Farmers Co-op and then enjoy a nice beer for open mic night! Open mic starts at 8 PM. “My favorite part about open mic night were the tunes played by the participating musicians, they made for a relaxing Tuesday night.” – Jazmin Herrera
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