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Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market: Time to Unwrap the Holidays

Santa will be here before we know it and the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is kicking off the festive season with Holiday Unwrapping on Sunday, Nov. 16 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

This highly anticipated event, now in its fourth incarnation, puts everyone in a jolly mood with a bountiful array of locally produced edible and non-edible gift ideas, holiday menu inspirations, as well as tasty traditions that can be enjoyed a few weeks before Thanksgiving, through Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.

Bakery Lorraine and the French macarons have moved to the Pearl.  More than 30 market members will showcase, sample, sell and accept orders throughout the busy holiday season. Among the special seasonal items: Pastured turkeys, native range-fed lamb, grass-fed beef, heritage pork, fully cooked hams, rabbit, artisan pies, holiday spiced French macarons, handmade dark chocolates, Colonial shrubs, all-natural soaps and lotions, colorful poinsettias and even healthy dog treats and other nibbles for your four-legged friends. (See the complete list below.)

In addition to the edible aspect of the holidays, two mixed media artists will join the celebration and showcase their creative works. Lesta Frank will feature holiday works including greeting cards, bookmarks, luggage tags, prints and paintings with a variety of images including produce from the farmers market, Buddhas and dogs.

Dog lovers will want to bring their pet or a picture of a pet and Lesta Frank will create a watercolor portrait of your pet. For the food lover in your life, consider gifting holiday aprons, table runners and/or whimsical centerpieces from mixed fiber artist Alison Schockner.

The day’s celebratory air will be enhanced with the cheerful sounds of musician Josh Klaus.

Barbecue Lovers Texas cover croppedOn Dec. 7, local food writers and founders John Griffin and Bonnie Walker will sign copies of their newly released Barbecue Lover’s Texas. The colorful, 265-page book is dedicated to everything we love about Texas barbecue – the big restaurants and small-town markets, the age-old traditions and the generational recipes. Ramble the back roads of Texas with Griffin and Walker on a discovery of the state’s smokiest meats, sassiest sides, most fascinating characters and truly dedicated culinary lifestyles.

About the Market The Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market is held every Sunday, year-round and rain or shine, in the parking lot near Whole Foods Market in the Quarry Market off 281 and Jones Maltsberger Road.

Hours are from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. For additional information, visit or call (210) 722-5077.   (See comprehensive list below of what you’ll find at the market.)


Specialty Items Available through the Holidays

3-G Farm



colorful cabbageCabbage

Kale—Lacinato and curly leaf

Lettuce-Romaine, Red fire, and Spring mix greens


Butternut squash



Beets—golden and red

Swiss chard—bright lights and red

Carrots—rainbow and purple haze

Green onions


Spaghetti squash

9-1 Farm

Beets—Red and golden

Broccoli—several varieties


Radish—Early Scarlet, watermelon, purple, shunkyo

Spinach—several varieties

Mustard greens

Collard greens

Rainbow chard

Kale—Siberian, winterbor and purple kale

Cauliflower—purple, orange and white

Cabbage—red and white



Hon tsai tai

A La Mode Gelato

Cream of mascarpone with caramelized figs, apricots and sultanas

“Zabbaione” egg nog

Pumpkin and ricotta

Chocolate “candy cane” (cream of chocolate swirled with homemade candy canes)

Spiced sugar plum (dairy-free)

Cranberry orange (dairy-free)

Bakery Lorraine

9-inch pies—Jack Daniels pecan, Dutch apple (4 varieties of apples), apple-cranberry and house-roasted pumpkin

Pumpkin spice, maple and cinnamon macarons

Brazos Valley Cheese

Three cheeses (Von Sormon, 8 oz. marinated feta and horseradish pecan cheddar) and crackers in a gift box

Buddha’s Brew Kombucha

Cranberry and mulling spice kombuchas

Cowgirl Granola

Thanksgiving blend

Christmas Spirit blend

Merlot-marjoram artisanal mustard

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Dos Lunas Artisan Cheese

Holiday gift boxes of assorted cheese

Engel Farms

Tomatoes—assorted heirloom and cherry varieties


Butternut squash

Swiss chard



Peach preserves

High Street Chocolate

Lemon-ginger-coconut dark chocolate

Hudspeth River Ranch

Grass-fed lamb, whole, half and individual cuts

Fig and pear preserves

Cactus, mesquite bean and wild grape jellies

Katie’s Jar

Beastly Feasts for Thanksgiving—empanada, sweet potatoes and a pup over

Hanukkah—Eight mini-treat bags stuffed with a variety of treats

Christmas—Holiday box o’ bones, Christmas fruitcake and gingerbone tree

DIY dog treat mixes—Make your own dog treats at home with a mix including peanut butter bones, carob peanut butter pup cake or gingerbones

Holiday bandanas

Koch Ranches

Spiced pecans

Spiced honey

Pomegranate-cranberry kombucha

Chilly weather chili

Kubena Farms






Sweet potatoes

Spaghetti squash

Butternut squash




Swiss chard

Collard greens


La Mancha Specialties

3-month cured Torpedo chorizos in both traditional and spicy

La Panaderia

Pumpkin empanadas

Walnut-cranberry bread

Pumpkin pies

Ming’s Thing

Savory bacon spread

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Mother Culture

Maple nut and cranberry-orange Greek yogurt

Rosemary butter and maple butter

Naegelin Farms




Collard greens

Kale—two varieties

Green garlic

Green onions

Winter squash—acorn and butternut


Lettuce—green and red leaf



Radishes—watermelon and red globe


Kohlrabi—purple and white

Swiss chard—white ribbed

Organic Chix

Customized healthy cleaning and living baskets featuring your choice of: lavender woolie dryer balls, laundry detergent, wood floor cleaner, germ defense surface cleaner, fabric starch, stain fighter, hemp protein powder and magnesium body oil

Parker Creek Ranch

Limited number of pastured turkeys

Red Ranger and Naked Neck chickens, whole, cut-up as well as pieces and parts

Rabbit, whole


Pastured eggs

Peaceful Pork

5-10 pound, fully-cooked hams, as well as individual cuts of heritage pork

Revolucion Coffee + Juice

Hot chai and green matcha teas

Red Velvet Cake lovers can now indulge guilt free in a vegan, dairy-free Red Velvet Milk made with raw organic cacao, raw cashews, organic raw agave and organic beets

Shrub Drinks

Cranberry-Tangerine Shrub

Apple Spice Shrub

Shudde Ranch

Customized gift boxes of grass-fed beef

Tate’s Tasty Treats

Cactus pear pies (whole, mini and with gluten-free crust)

Cactus pear-rosemary jelly

Cactus pear syrup

The Arrangement


Vertical planters

The Gardener’s Feast

Vacuum-sealed six-packs of assorted organic tamales

Special holiday tamale—Turkey pibil wrapped in a banana leaf

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