BUY LOCAL: 11 GO-TO FARMERS MARKETS IN HOUSTON

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STEPHANIE KUZYDYM

JUL 11, 2019

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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 healthy 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.

An Urban Harvest production, this farmers market is conveniently set up at—you guessed it—City Hall on 901 Bagby St. On Wednesdays, you’ll find handfuls of vendors along both sides of the reflection pool selling produce from local farmers, cheese, breads, and roasted coffees. Plus, this operation is known for its many food trucks, so take a break from work and grab lunch while you enjoy some fresh air. Fitt Tip: due to the midday heat and humidity in Houston, this market closes for the summer.

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, and 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. Stop by on Wednesdays between 9am-6:30pm.

Who’s ready for some outdoor yoga? That's right, this year-round Tuesday market offers free flows once a month just beyond the market tents — you just have to bring your own mat. 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!

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 this year-round Saturday morning market, 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. Fitt Tip: while we love our fur family, they aren’t allowed at this market due to city ordinances.

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. And while you’ll find all your typical plants, produce, and sustainably-sourced products, this charming setup also features rustic Texas stuff like homemade home furnishings and decor.

Step outside the loop and enjoy the bounties of this Houston farmers market every Saturday morning all year long. 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.

Although Sugar Land is the hometown of Imperial Sugar and the market is at the Imperial Park Recreational Center, this Saturday market as a lot more to offer than sweet treats (although they have those, too). Beyond eggs, meats, and produce, you’ll find local art and popular food trucks, plus live music. And if all that shopping in the Houston heat has you craving a frozen confection, hit up Belo 0º Pops for a refreshing, all-natural popsicle.

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 this weekend market at First Congregational Church at Hunters Creek Village. Stop by and pick up all the fresh fruits and veggies you need to make it through the week, like gluten-free treats from Bare Bakery.

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. Swing by on Saturday mornings (rain or shine) to peruse the many vendors and stock up on beef from local ranches, produce from area farms, spices and herbs, and handmade goods you can't find anywhere else.

Head over to the blue turf soccer fields at SortsCreek in EaDo to this aptly-named farmers market for a full day of fun every fourth Saturday of the month. 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.

If you're the type that rarely has a minute to spare on the weekends (same), then the Westchase District Farmers Market is about to become your new favorite grocery stop. Taking place every Thursday until 7pm, you'll have plenty of time to head over after work to pick up everything you'll need to make a homemade meal or healthy snack as you cruise into Friday. Seriously, the Texas-based vendors at this market have you covered with everything from specialty meats like bison and wild boar to authentic Mexican salsas, balsamic vinegars, jellies, gourmet nuts, and more. Sounds to us like the makings of an incredible charcuterie board.

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