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.
Address & telephone number: 1841 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098 +1 713 526 2351
Urban Harvest Farmers Market
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.
Address & telephone number: 3000 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77098, +1 713 880 5540
Louisiana Foods Retail Market
This is an interesting Warehouse District seafood market that’s usually frequented by all sorts of customers, from suburban homemakers to construction workers on their lunch break. Louisiana Foods offers fresh or fried fish to go, with specials like Cajun chowder, jambalaya and fried chicken with wedge fries. Prices are surprisingly low for both prepared and fresh foods. Much of their produce comes directly from fisheries near Galveston, which ensures the fish are as fresh as possible. Their website is particularly helpful when it comes to choosing fish, as it contains information about taste, cooking ideas and season fishing to keep fish consumption sustainable. There’s a great guide to oysters, too.
Address & telephone number: 4410 West 12th Street, Houston, TX 77055, +1 713 957 3476
Canino Produce Farmers Market
This is probably the farmers’ market with the most flexible hours in Houston. The sellers are there every day from sunrise to sundown, selling great produce at surprisingly low prices. While they try to keep most of their produce local, they ship from all over the world in order to keep their stock healthy. Shoppers are usually shocked at how inexpensive and varied the inventory can be, from $1 melons to nuts in bulk. It’s also a great place to get difficult-to-find ingredients like corn shucks for tamales or fresh coconuts you can drink from. Bring your own tote bag and you’ll leave loaded with produce. Take a look at their website for recipes and events.
Address & telephone number: 2520 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009, +1 713 862 4027
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.
Address: Rice University Campus, 5600 Greenbriar Dr, Houston, TX 77005