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BUY LOCAL: 10 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN HOUSTON

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Stephanie Kuzydym

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There’s no better way to start your weekend than with a leisurely stroll through your local farmers market. And here in Houston, we’re lucky to have winter for only about two weeks a year, maximizing our opportunities to stock up on all the best farm-fresh fruits and veggies, flowers and crafts.

Even better? Most are open year-round. From mimosas and yoga to dietary-specific eats, HTX’s farmers markets are as diverse as our people. So sling your reusable bag over your shoulder — here are some of the best farmers markets our city has to offer.

Another Urban Harvest production, this farmers market is conveniently set up at—you guessed it—City Hall on 901 Bagby St. Here you’ll find 30+ vendors along both sides of the reflection pool selling produce from local farmers, cheese, breads, and roasted coffees. But with the heat and humidity of midday in Houston, this market closes for the summer. Last market this year is at the end of June.  Fitt Tip: take a break from work and grab lunch at one of the market’s food trucks. Wednesdays, 11am to 1:30pm, February to June.

This is not your average farmers market. They break from the normal definition because at Grace Lutheran Church, it’s a self-serve co-op/farmers market hybrid that offers reasonable prices to the Houston community. First-time visitors shop for free. All others shop with a low-cost day pass for goods like free-range eggs, local dairy, and dry goods. Fitt Tip: if you’re short on time, you can pre-order your produce for pick up. Wednesdays, 9am to 6 pm, year-round.

Who’s ready for some midday downward dog? Yoga is offered just beyond the market tents once a month. After those cleansing breaths, enjoy a goats milk popsicle produced nearby in Needville, Texas. And don’t stress about the meter maid writing you a ticket while you’re having organic fun. Parking is free! Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, year-round.

Since 1994, Urban Harvest has encouraged sustainability and good nutrition in the community through the support of organic gardening. You can find all that (and more) at 3000 Richmond Ave., better known as the Eastside Farmer’s Market, which offers locally-produced fruits and veggies, dairy and farm products, and fresh-cut flowers and plants. While we love our fur family, they aren’t allowed at this market due to city ordinances. Saturdays, 8am to 12pm, year-round.

Double the locations, double the fun. You can find vendors at Theiss Farms Markets in both the Spring/Woodlands (2008 Rayford) and Spring/Klein (17045 Stuebner Airline) areas. But while you’ll find the typical plants, produce and more, Theiss’s “and more” includes rustic Texas stuff like home furnishings and decor. Giddy up, cowboy!

Spring/Woodlands: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6:30pm; Sundays, 11am to 5pm, March to October |Spring/Klein: Monday to Saturday, 9am to 6pm;Sundays, 10am to 5pm, mid-April to August.

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Step outside the loop and enjoy the bounties of this Houston farmers market. Here, you can pick up a pie made with all-natural ingredients and no preservatives from Your Pie Man or pet some baby turkeys from a local farm. And parking is plentiful, but you can walk or ride your bike because the market is just off Mill Bend Trail. Saturdays, 8am to 12pm, year-round.

Although Sugar Land is the hometown of Imperial Sugar and the market is at the Imperial Park Recreational Center, you won’t find only sweet treats at this market. Beyond eggs, meats, and produce, you’ll find local art and popular food trucks, plus live music. But if you’re craving a small-batch bakery item, hit up Bare Bakery for items that are gluten-, (https://fitt.co/houston/all-the-best-spots-for-gluten-free-houston/) grain-, and refined sugar- free. Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, year-round.

Houston is a city of more than a million immigrants. So what if we told you, you could get your veggies from vendors who are refugees? That’s right, Plant It Forward, helps Houston small business refugees grow their own urban farm businesses. Find them as well as tons of other vendors at the market at First Congregational Church at Hunters Creek Village. Pick up all the fresh fruits and veggies you need to make it through the week, like paleo treats from Bella’s Kitchen. Saturdays, 9am to 1pm, year-round.

Formerly the LaCenterra Farmers Market, this friendly neighborhood market found a new home close to its Cinco Ranch roots at The Church of the Holy Apostles just north of Highland Knolls in Katy.  There’s beef from local ranches, produce from local farms, and handmade goods. That’s something you can hang your hat on. Saturdays, 8am to 12pm, year-round.

Head over to the blue turf soccer fields at SortsCreek in EaDo to this aptly-named farmers market for a full day of fun. The market, like the area its based in, is on the rise. So you’ve rolled out of bed? Check. This market will do the rest. You can break a little sweat with free yoga, grab some local coffee, and shop craft merchandise shop organic groceries, all while listening to live music, mimosa in hand. Now that is a Sunday well spent. Sundays, 10am to 3pm, year-round.

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