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Many of us have come to realize the importance of fresh and local food in our nutrition and overall health. Farmer’s markets are the best option, because the organic produce was grown nearby and was probably picked just days before, so the flavor and nutrition is outstanding. That is un-achievable by big market chains: their produce is picked early, bathed in pesticides, and travels miles and miles. Thankfully, Houston has a wide variety of farmer’s markets.
Note: some of the markets are Certified Farmer’s Markets, which means that a government agency (from the Texas Department of Agriculture) has personally checked that all the farmers selling product at the market actually grow or produce those products in their farms. This guarantees you are getting your product straight from the producer, period.
The Farm Stand is a tiny farmer’s market with about seven vendors and is the perfect place to swing by and shop before you have a freshly made breakfast. It used to be at Petrol Station, and the vendors have kept that name. Fresh eggs are hard to come by, and they usually run out fast in most of the other farmer’s market listed here, but this small farm stand almost always has them (as well as duck eggs).
This is one of the newest additions to the farmer’s market world in Houston. It has around 15 vendors and offers produce, grass-fed beef, and pastured pork, wheat grass shots to-go, natural soaps and lotions, olive oils, and much more. This is the spot for the west Houstoners who don’t want to drive all the way to Sugarland’s Imperial farmer’s market for fresh food.
Conveniently located in the parking lot at Rice University, this little farmer’s market offers great variety. From fresh coconut water to organic doggie snacks and sometimes even doctors promoting health with performing nutrient testings, this is a perfect choice for families in the inner loop area who are busy on the weekends.
Somewhat different from the rest, this is an everyday market where you will find fresh produce – but not everything is local. According to the market’s website, it offers as much Texas produce as possible, but in order to provide a large variety, produce is shipped from all over the United States and the world. Thus, it’s not certified, but it’s open everyday, and it’s still a way better option than big chains.
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This is like the cool kid of farmer’s markets. Anything you can hope to find in a farmer’s market you will find here, including freshly made raw cheeses, all kinds of eggs (going fast), grass-fed meat, pastured poultry and pork, cookies, pasta, jams and preserves, popsicles and custard, and many farmers with delicious, fresh produce. Urban Harvest has the most variety in a Houston Certified farmer’s market, with more than 30 vendors. Plus, you will find food trucks, and some local restaurants put up stands with tables where you can sit and have some breakfast or just enjoy a cup of local organic coffee.