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Farmer's markets in Houston?

Are there any secret farmer's markets in Houston? The ones that I know of are way too far from my house.... the one near airline.

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  1. There is a farmer's market set up every Tuesday evening near Rice Univ and Saturday mornings at Onion Creek Cafe in the Heights. There are others, but these are the first that come to mind. Not sure what part of town you live in, but if you do a little on line research first, you're sure to find them.


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    1. re: Cheflambo

      There's one on West Alabama mid way between Weslayan and Kirby on Saturdays. There's another one on Saturdays in the parking lot of La Tafia in midtown. I definitely prefer the one on Airline though.

    2. There is a good summary of farmer's markets at this Houston Food magazine site:

      In comparison to farmer's markets elsewhere in my experience (MA, VA, PA, NY), at least the three I've visited here have been disappointingly limited (for selling local). Rice Univ on Tuesdays (same as onion creek cafe sat.), 3000 Richmond (Bayou city; wedn & sats), and Airline drive offer no co-ops and strangely not much fresh produce. I'm hoping this is because of the rain this summer, but there aren't more than...5 produce sellers at the first two locations. If you want soap, prepared foods etc. that's another matter. Good local cheese at the Rice Univ farmer's market on Tuesdays. I'm used to seeing at least 10 farmers who harvest within 300 miles of "city x" all selling fresh corn, tomatoes, peaches etc. etc....and I haven't found the venue yet in Houston. Does someone know of a secret gem?

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      1. re: tatitraveller

        Tati -- I have had the same experience. I visited the Onion Creek/Rice U. markets a few times and saw the same limited groups. I have not been to the market @ T'afia or the Bayou City market, but it sounds like they are equally disappointing. I live near and occasionally visit the Farmers Markets on Airline (just south of 610) and find the selections pretty good, and very fair prices. Not sure if I am actually buying from the people who grew the stuff, but the displays are beautiful, and I like the outdoor atmosphere and hands-on sort of buying (like the fresh markets in France). Considering Houston's proximity to so many farms and rural areas, I am surprised that there isnt a better selection at these smaller markets. They seem to have some leadership, but a lot of "independent spirits" in the artisinal farming community may not want to work with them. I've been to the Ferry Building Market in San Francisco and Union Square market in NYC and am always amazed at the size and selection .... Houston could certainly have the same thing!!

      2. Froberg Vegetable & Fruit Farm, 11875 County Road 190, Alvin Texas, which is south of downtown Houston about 30 miles. It offers their fresh produce and some local produce. It still doesn't compare to my old farmers markets in So CA but it's the freshest farm to market I've found in the area so far that offers more then a couple items.

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        1. re: tlegray

          Thanks for that tip. I cannot wait to try this Froberg place. I too have been disappointed in the lack of fresh produce at our (Houston's) farmers markets. Most recently I visited the one at La Tafia in midtown. All the gourmet prepared foods made me feel like Whole Foods & Central Market were having a off-site parking lot sale. The food was good, but still not what I was expecting.

          1. re: Jayro

            I live in Alvin, and go to Froberg's weekly. MANY homegrown fruits and veg, but also some brought in from other parts of the area...worth the drive if you are not too far.

            Also the prices are really decent

              1. re: jetzm

                No cheeses, sorry. Only fruits/veg, some plants, some little package of stuff like dried fruit, nuts, trail mixes.

        2. Don't forget the outlying areas:

          Katy's Farmer's Market
          700 South Westgreen Boulevard, Katy, 77450 (just south of I-10 btwn Mason & Fry, in the parking lot of Crosspoint church)
          Sat 8am-noon (summer) 9am-1pm (winter)
          Both produce and prepared stuff--more produce in the Spring/Fall than in the Summer/Winter..

          Richmond has a Farmer's Market
          Wild West Farmer's Market - 5005 FM 359 - Richmond, 77469
          Sunday Afternoons from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m

          In the Clear Lake Area there's the
          Nassau Bay Farmers Market
          18045 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, 77058 in front of Erma's Nurtrition Center
          Saturday 10am-2pm

          There's one in Needville,
          and I think there's one in Huntsville also.

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          1. re: ICantRemember

            The one in Needville is called Creekside Farmer's Market and is held on Thursday from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Their website is http://creeksidefarmersmarket.com.

            The one in Richmond is very small right now, as some of the local farmers' crops have been rained out. When I went there was one organic farmer from Rosenberg (we have been getting his nice cucumbers in our co-op) and several booths of jellies, salsa, etc. A man from Beasley who sells fresh goat milk and cheese (and sometimes feta and kefir) was there too. I think some of the same vendors are at the Richmond and Needville markets.

            1. re: zorra

              Also, it's not a farmer's market, but here's a local vegetable grower I haven't checked out yet; Pavlock Farms in Rosenberg, (281) 633-2459. The flyer I picked up the other day is no more specific than "fresh vegetables". It doesn't say "organic", which I assume it would if they were. But still, I intend to go see what they have. It's off Highway 36 on Huntington Road, just out of Rosenberg if you're headed toward Sealy.

            2. re: ICantRemember

              What is the one in Clear lake like? What do they typically offer? only fruits and veg?

              1. re: jennisad

                Clear Lake's Farmers Market was very small. Just a few tables directly in front of their store...if you've ever been you know that store front isn't that wide. Not enough to make me want to go back. It's been a few months though since I was by there on a Saturday morning so I don't know if it's grown or not.

                1. re: tlegray

                  I went there is past Saturday and it appears to still be that small. I say "appears" because I didn't actually get a chance to check things out, I just did a quick drive by. That's because it was absolutely POURING rain. I was surprised anybody was out at all, but they were under a bit of awning, so I guess they were ok.

            3. There's a new market west of Houston ... Katy Farmer's Market at LaCenterra is a wonderful year-round Saturday market. The market sets up at a beautiful, upscale shopping spot at the intersection of Cinco Ranch Blvd. and Grand Parkway in Katy. You'll find vendors in the courtyard or in the southwest corner of the center (across from Cinco Ranch Library) from 9a-1p each week. Incredible free-range eggs, homemade breads, organic bath & body products and more.

              1. I too am looking for farmer's markets in the Houston area. Specifically in the Spring area. Can anyone help?

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                1. re: jcb26

                  I live in Spring, and there are two places near here I can recommend:

                  - Pa's Backyard Grill, on Stuebner Airline & Louetta, behind HEB. This restaurant has an open-air produce market adjacent to it. As far as I know they are open every day. http://www.pasgrill.com

                  - Grogan's Mill Farmer's Market: This is a traditional saturday-only farmer's market, with organic items and whatnot that is located in The Woodlands. It's small, but substantial. http://www.grogansmillvillage.com/gm_... Find it in the parking Lot of Randall's:
                  2250 Buckthorne Pl
                  The Woodlands, TX 77380

                  1. re: lazy_engineer

                    Grogan's Mill Farmers Market will be closed until Oct 6th. 2008.
                    The market will re-open on this date.

                  2. re: jcb26

                    There is a local farm (Atkinson Farms) on Spring Cypress, about 2 miles west of I-45. The produce is homegrown and sold on the farm property. Delicious tomatoes, fresh purple-hulled peas, pickling cucumbers, dill, beets, strawberries, etc.

                  3. I find that the Katy Farmers' Market at the HEB Plus on Hwy 99 and Fry Rd, in West Houston, has a great mix of fresh veggies, flowers, breads, prepared foods, and consumable products. This is the original market that was first at the Katy YMCA. They evidently have moved a couple of times, but have landed in a great location - I can finish my shopping in a great grocery store! They are open from 8-1 every Saturday. One of the produce vendors is from Waller (northwest of Houston), so his stuff is very fresh and the prices were great!

                    1. Grogan's Mill Farmers Market opens March 21, 2009 to June 27, 2009. You will find this market in the Randall's Shopping Center on the corner of Grogan's Mill (Rayford Sawdust) and S. Millbend Drive. The market opens at 08:00am to Noon.

                      The market closes during the hot months of July and August and re-opens in September of each year.

                      1. There is a great little farmer's market set up on a farm north of Houston on 59. It has delicious tomatoes and other vegetables. There are also homemade items for sale. I am not sure of the hours, you might want to check before going. www.willmonfarm.com

                        1. There is a very small one just off 290 at Huffmiester. Debbie's Garden at 20806 Hempstead. I think they are open every day but I'm not sure of that. I've been there on Sun. & Thurs. afternoon. They had really good peaches this last Thursday.

                          1. I myself am a transplant from Sacrament, Ca. And I miss tremendously Denio's Market in Roseville. There had to be atleast 50 to 75 vendors selling veggies. Everything was brought in on Friday and by Sunday at 3 you could get a heck of a buy cause they didn't or couldn't wait and sell it next weekend. Had to be fresh. Why isn't Houston doing this?

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                            1. re: lindasgarden

                              It's just too hot, not for the market, but the produce grown in the area. This time of the year, the only things growing are okra, peas, and some beans. The corn, berries, tomatoes, and the like are done. Watermelon should be here soon, if not already, and pecans will follow. The bottom line is, we just don't grow the amount of edible foods like they do in California. Most of what is grown in the area is cotton, milo, rice, and corn for agrifeed. You can go to Canino's on Airline, but most of the produce comes from California or Mexico. I go there weekly for my avacado fix, good, big Mexican ones at 1.25 average.

                            2. Humble Farmers Market has opened.
                              Located at Main Street and Ave "G".
                              Time: 3:00pm to 7:00pm - Wednesdays

                              The market is year round rain or shine.
                              This market has many of the same vendors you will see at the Bayou City Farmers Market.

                              1. ECO-FARMERS MARKET

                                Thursday Nights: 4-8 PM:

                                CITYCENTRE west houston at the beltway, continues a weekly eco-farmers market every Thursday night from 4-8 PM, rain or shine. The market features produce, meats and cheeses, baked goods, and additional eco-friendly products and services. Plus, enjoy music in the plaza.