Shopping At The Best Markets In Houston

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Carolina Fragoso

With a diverse gastronomical culture and easy access to farms and growers, Houston is a paradise for cooks and foodies who appreciate fresh foods. In this article, we compile a list of places where you can find ingredients for everything from sushi to fried okra. Read on to see which Houston markets to add to your shopping list.

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Airline Seafood

Airline is a well-kept secret in Houston’s Warehouse District. They supply a large amount of Houston restaurants with only the freshest seafood: oysters, shrimp, frog legs, scallops – you name it, they’ll have it. The locale is well lit and spacious, and the fishmongers and workers are knowledgeable and friendly. They’ll descale and fillet your purchase any way you want it, usually at no extra cost. This is a great place to buy a stunning cut of fish that will impress guests at your next dinner party. Sellers are also very careful about choosing local products that are in-season to assure the quality and freshness of the seafood.

Urban Harvest Farmers Market

Vegetables stand

Urban Harvest is a diverse farmers’ market that has everything from eggs to a flower stand. You can meet and chat with the farmers and sellers to get information about exactly what you’re purchasing and where it comes from. Locally grown, fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses and meats are available, and it’s one of the few places in Houston where you can find raw milk products. There’s also a knife sharpener. Parking is comfortable, and there are breakfast carts with kolaches and coffee as well as live entertainment. The organization that runs the market supports local community gardens, too: check their website for class schedules and more information.

Rice University Farmers Market

Although only open on Tuesdays, this market is a great option for people in or around Rice University. There’s a varied offering of fresh produce, artisan products, raw honey and cheeses. A local business sells kale chips and other vegetable snacks, while homemade soaps are a popular option for many Houstonians. There’s even a stand that sells home-baked dog treats! Maison Burdisso macarons are a great deal at $2 a pop. Since the market is on campus (right behind the stadium), parking is easy and plentiful. Check out the Rice website for news.

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