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HEB submitted by Ross
HEB has to be the best option for vegans traveling around Texas as it seems that every location has a section just for vegetarians(though not all vegan). In addition, a few of their HEB-brand breads are completely vegan. A couple miles from me is the Hancock Center HEB at 41st and I-35, and there is a complete "natural" section deemed "Nature's Harvest." They've got bulk bins, toilet paper made from recycled materials, rice milk, soy ice cream, and tons more. In addition, you can pretty much always find great deals on organic produce. I've been finding myself doing most of my shopping at Wheatsville lately as it's closer and I like the small, community shopping experience more, but I'm still very satisfied with the selection that the 41st St. HEB offers for vegans.
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Wheatsville Co-op submitted by Ross
Wheatsville is Austin's local co-operative grocery, owned by its members. It's fairly small compared to the large stores of the area like HEB, Central Market and Whole Foods, but its selection is wonderful for vegans. They've got a nice variety of organic vegetables, a great bulk section(even natural soaps/shampoos), and a deli in the back of the store that makes some great little items to scarf. The general manager is vegan and the store's very receptive to ordering items not in stock for you. In addition, the staff has always been a fun crew to shop with.
Type: Co-op Grocery | 18 comments | add comment

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Whole Foods Market submitted by Ross
Whole Foods(the new landmark store on Lamar) is a mammoth natural foods store. It's big and packed with products. There's a raw food deli at this location, which is all vegan. There are many other fresh food sections, like dessert and pizza, that really don't offer many vegan options. For packaged products, however, there are a million vegan options, and some really good deals. It's a little overwhelming for myself, but many people love this place.
Type: Natural Supermarket | 10 comments | add comment

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Boggy Creek Farm submitted by simon
A mere two and one-half miles east of Downtown, Boggy Creek Farm is located in Central East Austin, at 3414 Lyons Rd, a couple blocks above East 7th, between pleasant valley and springdale road.

While much of the produce is grown at the Farm in East Austin, space-hogging varieties, such as hard squashes, tomatoes and potatoes, are grown at their Milam County Farm, 75 miles northeast of Austin. Produce grown there is typically harvested the morning before market day (contrast this time frame with the typical two-week age of grocery store produce).

Every Wednesday and Saturday, from 9am to 2pm, they hold a farm stand market, where freshly picked produce is available for sale on a first come first served basis, I can HIGHLY recommend their broccoli greens.
Type: organic farm | 2 comments | add comment

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Austin Farmers Market submitted by simon
The Austin Farmers' Market (AFM), a growers-only market, is an alternative place to buy your fresh produce - squash, beets (!), tomatoes, greens, berries, onions, garlic, fresh herbs and more. There are also plenty of prepared foods available such as breads, jams, salsas and granola. Support local farms, ranches and nurseries.

The are currently two locations on different days:

Saturdays, 9am-1pm, Downtown at Republic Square Park (4th and Guadalupe). Expect live music and crowds.

Wednesdays, 4-7pm, East Central Austin at Saltillo Plaza (E. 5th and Comal). Very lowkey and at a more civilized hour.
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Community Supported Agriculture submitted by simon
Many farms offer produce subscriptions, where buyers receive a weekly or monthly basket of produce, flowers, fruits, coffee, or any sort of different farm products.

A CSA, (for Community Supported Agriculture) is a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. By making a financial commitment to a farm, people become "members" (or "shareholders," or "subscribers") of the CSA. Most CSA farmers prefer that members pay for the season up-front, but some farmers will accept weekly or monthly payments. Some CSAs also require that members work a small number of hours on the farm during the growing season.

For more information and to find your nearest CSA, visit:

http://www.csacenter.org
http://www.localharvest.org/csa
http://www.umassvegetable.org
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City Market submitted by simon
Located at 1148 Airport Blvd at the intersection of airport & oak springs, City Market is the one stop shop for super cheap - non-organic - fruit and veggies. Not everyone can afford to shop for organic produce at whole foods, but that shouldn't mean you miss out on essential nutrition. With 15lbs of potatoes priced at $1.99, 3 mangos for a buck or 30c bunches of fresh cilantro, you can get a weeks supply of produce for under $20.
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Oasis Gardens Organic Farm submitted by simon
Mission: to provide affordable, locally grown organic produce to the Austin community.

Members sign up, pay a fee, work the land and share the harvest. Members work a minimum 5 hours per month. Harvest is picked up on the farm; members receive a bag of organic groceries each week during the harvest. Surplus harvest is sold to the public or donated to local organizations such as the Food Bank.

They grow two seasons of crops, which in Austin is just about year-round work. Crops are rotated, and composted manure is used to enrich the soil. An Italian spader is attached to the farm's tractor.

Note: Oasis Gardens Now Delivers.

Mike Nolan
7651 Delwau Lane,
Austin, TX 78725-2612
Tel: (512) 386-7636



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Farm to Market submitted by pete
Basically, this place is a smaller South Austin alternative to Wheatsville. They have a couple aisles of groceries, a small produce section, natural household cleaning products, and some beer and wine, among others. They sell a couple of different brands of agave nectar, as well as the "Monterey Jack" flavor of the Vegan Gourmet cheese. They are pretty pricey - most notably, a 1/2 gallon of Silk cost over $4! However, the aforementioned cheese substitute was $4.29, which is what Whole Foods charges. Expect Whole Foods-ish prices throughout the store. For those of you who live in South Austin and want to support a small local store, despite the prices, this could be your place. Located at 1718 S. Congress.
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My Thanh Market submitted by kaylawayla
This is a newer, much larger version of the old MT Market by Kim Phuong on North Lamar...this one's still on North Lamar but it's just passed Braker Ln.

They feature tons of awesome produce on the cheap, dozens of fake vegan (and not vegan so watch out) mock meats, teas, noodles, seasonings and ice creams.

If you're looking for a large, new asian market this place is for you. Unfortunately if you shop there you are supporting their live seafood tanks and meat arena, but otherwise the mock meats make it a fun shopping trip for sure.

**Their map on their website is currently wrong if it shows their old location under 183...its new location is passed 183 a ways on the right in the new "china center"
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Central Market submitted by peter
I'm kinda surprised this hasn't been posted yet, even though Central Market isn't too popular with the local vegan crowd. It is still popular with the mainstream crowd, however, so it is worth noting. Central Market is the upscale Whole Foods-ish doppelganger of HEB. They are expensive and severely lacking the prepared vegan options (in addition to being corporate owned), but their produce section is worth noting, as well as the bulk section. The grocery section is also worth taking a look at, but beware the overpriced yuppie bullshit. Still, the produce is well above par, and it might be more convenient the other places depending on what part of town you're in. The have a location in North/Central Austin at 4001 N. Lamar and one in South Austin at 4477 S. Lamar. Both places sometimes host live music, too.
Type: Upscale Supermarket | 4 comments | add comment
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Sun Harvest submitted by peter
I'm surprised this wasn't mentioned either, but anyway...Sun Harvest is a small-to-medium sized natural foods store and a subsidiary of organic supermarket megachain Wild Oats. Prices are slightly above average, and the produce section is surprisingly lacking the organic options, but there are some upsides. They have a good bulk section, and this is a decent place to pick up the occasional odd-n-ends. They're in North Austin in the Hillside Shopping Center on Anderson Ln (@ Rockwood), and in South Austin at 4006 S. Lamar in Brodie Oaks Shopping Center.
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Whip In submitted by Kristen
A small indian convience store located off I-35 in south austin (near the riverside exit). They have a garbanzo bean/carrot stew, eggplant/potato stew, lentils with spinach which are served on a hearty portion of saffron rice. Its also served right away as they have the stews in warm pots and just spoon it out for you, so there's no waiting.

sadly, the Naan is not vegan.

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Newflower Markets submitted by peter
This is a branch of the Colorado-based Sunflower Markets chain, and they just opened their first Austin location at 6920 Manchaca. The location is medium-to-large sized - I'd say about 3 times the size of Sun Harvest - and it's a pretty cool addition to the list of Austin natural foods groceries.

Cool stuff:
-Sale prices are really good. Check the website link for their weekly flyer.
-This area of town, which is so far south, was really lacking decent grocery options, so this is a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.
-They have *some* stuff that's hard to find either in this neighborhood or in town, like Mexican-flavored fake beef or Uncle Eddie's cookies.
-The main floor is dominated by the notably large produce section, instead of the processed foods. The change (as well as simply the size of the section)is noticeable and very cool.

Not-so-cool stuff:
-Despite their slogans about good food at low prices, you can probably find a better deal on the majority of their non-sale items somewhere else, either in town or online.
-Organic items make up a decent portion of the produce section, but it's very much a minority.
-I give them props for having a bulk section, but beware that it is rather small.
-I only skimmed their produce offerings, but it seemed to me that if you're looking for really high end stuff, you're still gonna have to make the trek to the downtown Whole Foods.
-This being the only natural foods place in this part of town, expect the really long lines to continue beyond opening weekend.

Overall, I'd say make a point of shopping here if you're in the area. If not, then you won't be missing much.

Discussion here: http://www.veganaustin.org/topic.php?id=2447
Type: Natural foods grocer | 1 comments | add comment
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Phoenicia Bakery & Deli submitted by kittythedog
Two locations: one north, one south. Their fresh pita bread is vegan, and it is delicious (and makes a good pizza crust for last-minute!). Vegan prepared foods include delicious eggplant dip, hummus, tabbouli, and other salads, and a bulk olive bar. The grocery store has awesome herbs, nuts, cereals, pickled vegetables, coffee, tea, and interesting sauces. You can get a sandwich at the deli-- Yum.
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Natural Grocers submitted by theveganviking
This is a brand new store in town, supporting only organic produce farmers (NO conventional produce at all!).

Also a big selection of organic raw nuts at good prices. All the bulk food is prepacked in various size bags to keep the prices as low as possible, minimize contamination, and maximize freshness (nuts, seeds, and flours all are kept refrigerated too).

I buy nutritional yeast, hemp seed, and all of my dry goods here too.

Shopping at the store is a surprise for people looking for prepared food of any sort. It is a more traditional health food store, primarily selling good things to prepare in your home at reasonable prices. The only prepared food available is a selection by local companies like The Green Cart and Tom's Tabooley.

There are no Meat, Seafood, or Deli counters with their associated smells.

Hopefully adding another health food store in Austin will help further promote organics and the environment in Texas.
Type: Health Food Store | 2 comments | add comment
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