Confituras is going strong (I mentioned Stephanie's wonderful Cranberry Cinnamon Jam in the 11/13/12 post). The jams offered here also conform to the season. Blueberry jam and peach jam have made way for fresh pumpkin butter, pear jam with sage & honey, cranberry cinnamon jam (so good), spiced apple butter and tipsy cranberry pecan sauce. Dai Due is still holding court on the Northeast corner of the Market and their morning offerings never fail to disappoint. I tried their migas tacos, with chorizo verde, tomatoes, scallions, cheddar and tomato salsa. The perfect boost to muster the energy to finish up my shopping.
I picked up some mixed lettuces from Blackland Prairie Family Farm and they where really fresh, flavorful and surprisingly large in size. I also picked up a few donuts from Red Rabbit Co-op Bakery. They are a vegan bakery, but you would never know. I especially like their lavender donuts. Adrian and Marianna Paredes of The Gardener's Feast offer organic masa tamales, tortillas, gorditas and salsas. They were recently hailed as critics' pick for best blue corn tortillas in The Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin List. They were out of tortillas by the time I stopped by, but I will definitely make them my first stop next time. I also want to try their tamales sometime before Christmas (Gina and I are working on a list of best places to order your Christmas tamales).
A final surprise right next to the Market is the near completion of the new Travis County Courthouse. Austin keeps growing and changing. (Cathy)