Urban and Community Agriculture

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    Upcoming Events: Perfect Pairings and A Beer Race

    Chef Tony Vallone and his team have put together the menu for his last Italian Regional Cuisine Dinner of 2014: Una Serata Milanese: an evening in Milan at Ciao Bello. The five-course meal -- which features four wine-pairings and classic Milanese dishes like branzino with mussels and fennel, oxtail- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Urban Harvest Farmers Market Celebrates 10 Years with Fundraiser Dinner at Underbelly

    The Urban Harvest Farmers Market has been in operation for ten years. The non-profit organization, Urban Harvest, was started 20 years ago in 1994, but over the past decade, the farmers markets (Saturdays at Eastside and Wednesdays at City Hall) have become the place to buy fresh vegetables, support ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2014

    Upcoming Fall Produce & New Vendors at Urban Harvest Farmers Market

    We got a little taste of fall this past weekend with cooler temperatures after torrential downpours, and I don't know about you, but it had me longing for the fall season to arrive quickly. It's time to say goodbye to the horribly hot weather and hello to cool breezy days. But let's be real, the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Popcart Handmade Ice Pops Cools Off Houston With Refreshing Popsicles

    We recently listed the five things missing from the Houston restaurant scene., and you can add popsicles to that list. Unless you visit a grocery store or paleta stand in our city, you'll have a difficult time finding a vendor who strictly sells popsicles. Richard and Rebecca Lynch decided popsicle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2014

    How To: Get, Plant & Grow Your Own Lime Trees in Houston

    What's the best solution to avoiding rising prices of any produce? Grow it yourself. Fortunately, the Houston area and climate is perfect for growing citrus, especially limes. Unfortunately, if you plant a lime tree now it won't produce fruit until next year. But, just in case another lime crisis ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2014

    Need a Lemon Tree or Raspberry Bush? Get Yourself to Rice University on Saturday

    What do apples, avocados, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, citron, dragonfruit, figs, goji berries, grapes, grapefruits, kumquats, lemons, limes, lychee, macadamias, mandarins, muscadines, nectarines, olives, oranges, passion fruits, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, pomegranates, pummelos, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2013

    Urban Harvest, Diners Benefit from Travaasa Farm to Table Dinner

    Wine dinners are a great opportunity to enjoy many different wines paired with food The same goes for beer dinners. Now imagine a beer and wine dinner, where one of each is paired with every course. That's like the pairing dinner of the pairing dinner world. Travaasa Austin did just that recently a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2013

    Heritage Turkeys: What You Need to Know (And Don't Delay; These Tasty Birds Are Going Fast)

    Let's face it, you've more than likely had your fair share of Butterball turkeys. With Thanksgiving around the corner, we thought we'd introduce you to some special birds that offer a wonderful alternative to Butterballs and their ilk: Heritage turkeys. These birds have exactly what their name says: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Ten Farmers' Markets in & Around Houston to Visit This Summer

    My favorite thing about the summer is buying fresh, in season, produce from farmers markets. The beauty of Houston is that we are blessed with so many -- and ones that are open just about every single day. Here are ten farmers markets in and around the Houston area for you to frequent this summer, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    Room to Grow at Urban Harvest Eastside Sunday Market

    When Urban Harvest announced that they were expanding their Eastside market to include Sundays, I was ecstatic. An early morning Saturday run to the Eastside market is a staple in our weekend routine, but it's always nice to have options, and the location is perfect for us to combine with book shopp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2013

    Urban Harvest's Eastside Farmers Market to Run All Weekend Long

    For all of the wonderful things that our Houston farmers markets offer, a consistent daily location isn't one of them. On one hand, it's incredibly convenient that there are farmers markets spread all over town for those who can't drive downtown on Wednesdays to catch the City Hall farmers market, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tyler Horne, Market Manager at Urban Harvest Farmers Market

    If you told Tyler Horne five years ago that he'd one day be managing a farmers' market, he'd call you crazy. Fast forward to today and that's just what he's doing. Who he is: Horne is a Houston-raised nice guy with a passion for motorcycles, fishing and all things outdoors. Despite the fact that h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Houston Chicken Farmers Trying to Escape the Coop

    Ken Cousino knows exactly when the move to legalize chicken farming in Houston took off. Isabella, a nearby nine-year-old, had been a steady customer at Cousino's Quality Feed and Garden, picking up fodder for her few pet chickens. One day, she entered in tears. The city had arrived, she said. Tol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    The Eating...Our Words 100: Tiffany Tyler and Aimee Turney of Central City Co-Op

    Who are they? Tiffany Tyler has been part of Central City Co-op since 2003, where she started as a member and volunteer; today she is Chair of the Board of Directors, and is the "public face" of Central City Co-Op. Her day job is with an oil and gas company, but she considers herself an evangelist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2012

    Get the Best Christmas Gifts at Citrus Fest This Weekend at the Eastside Farmers Market

    Want to get your loved ones an unusual, thoughtful Christmas gift that keeps giving year after year? Of course you do. Your father doesn't need any more ties, socks or boxers and your mother is only using that coffeemaker because you bought it for her. She secretly hates it. So head to Urban Harves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    Farmers' Market Spotlight of the Week: Ruby Queen Corn

    Cooler temperatures mean that the City Hall Farmers Market is open once again and that more Houstonians will be heading out to enjoy the many other excellent farmers' markets across the city. Each week, we'll be spotlighting a produce pick from the Urban Harvest network of farmers' markets by showin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    The Land of Tomatoes and Honey: A Tour of the White House Kitchen Garden

    Although it's not officially fall yet, plump orange pumpkins are resting on mounds of hay and dirt in and around two plots that -- along with dozens of others -- makes up the 1,100 square feet White House Kitchen Garden. It's a warm day in early September and the garden is sprawled out like a sunbat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2012

    R.I.P. Georgia Bost, Founder of Georgia's Texas Grassfed Beef and Georgia's Farm to Market

    Houston has lost a visionary, a pioneer and a truly kind-hearted soul: Georgia Bost, the amazing woman behind Georgia's Grass-Fed Beef and the two Georgia's Farm to Markets that sold natural, organic and local products to thousands of Houstonians, has passed away after an illness. She was 62. "Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Backyard Chickens and Fresh Eggs - Why You Should Have Both

    The wizened cook of The Whistlestop Café, Sipsey, said about the local sheriff, "Oh it don't make no kind of sense. Big ol' ox like Grady won't sit next to a colored child. But he eats eggs- shoot right outta chicken's ass!" Grady, in Fried Green Tomatoes, may have been a little bit racist, but he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    Upcoming Events: A Week Full of Beer

    Read on for our picks of the best beer dinners next week.​In case you hadn't heard, it's Houston Beer Week, y'all. The week-long celebration of craft beer and local breweries kicks off tonight with a kick-off happy hour at Ziggy's Downtown, from 5 to 7 p.m. The restaurant will be offering $2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Totally Rad: Mexican Food Goes Vegan at Radical Eats

    Photos by Troy FieldsFried green tomatoes and fried okra tacos are on the menu right now at Radical Eats.​The Mexican food at Radical Eats is so good, you might not even realize it's vegan. Or gluten-free. And that's the way owner Staci Davis likes it. She doesn't have anything against carniv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    7th Annual Urban Harvest Tomato Fest

    Urban HarvestTomato Fest​To me, tomatoes are one of summer's quintessential foods. I think of a crisp salad with juicy, ripe tomatoes or fresh sliced tomatoes with just a sprinkle of sea salt. There is so much to do with this versatile fruit and, of course, the best tomatoes can be found at yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2011

    Cultivating Budding Chefs at Highland Village Farmers' Market

    Kellie Karavias and two budding cooks at the Farmers Market.​Last weekend I skipped my usual Saturday stop at the Eastside Urban Harvest Farmers' Market, and instead opted to visit the Sunday Urban Harvest Farmers' Market at Highland Village (2720 Suffolk at Westheimer) so I could check out th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Upcoming Events

    Get cheesy at Urban Harvest on April 30.​If all goes to plan, the "Battle of the Heights" Pie-Eating Contest this Saturday at Pie in the Sky (632 West 19th) will look nothing like Stephen King's Great Tri-County Pie Eat. But wouldn't you rather go watch just in case? Four of the Heights' "civi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Kids Plant a Garden at Piney Point Elementary

    ​It was inspiring to watch a few hundred schoolchildren working furiously with trowels and hands, digging holes, planting flowers, bushes, fruit and vegetable seeds, and not tossing dirt on each other. That was the scene at the reconstructed Piney Point Elementary (Pagewood Lane at Fondren) a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Professor Fish Heads Wants to Give You an Education

    Photo by Robb WalshP.J. Stoops at his old booth in the Bayou City Farmers Market.​P.J. Stoops, also known by his blogging name as "Professor Fish Heads," wants to educate you about fish. And not just the same old salmon, tuna and tilapia you see at the store, either. Stoops once had an indepe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Neil "Bigmista" Strawder Returns to Texas for a Good Cause

    Photos by GroovehouseRev. Chester J. Makowski, Vicar of St. Augustine and Neil "Bigmista" Strawder share a laugh in the church's kitchen.​"My momma told me the church was gonna have a celebrity barbecue," recalled Neil "Bigmista" Strawder as he stood heads and shoulders above everyone else in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    City Hall Employee Files Complaint with the City of Houston Over City Hall Farmers Market's Lack of "Racial Diversity"

    Photos by Katharine ShilcuttThe newest Urban Harvest farmers' market sets up outside City Hall every Wednesday starting at 10 a.m.​When Urban Harvest's newest farmers' market opened in front of City Hall in mid-October, that first Wednesday was an enormous success by anyone's standards: More t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Keeping It Fresh at the City Hall Farmers Market

    ​You don't need to search far and wide to find fresh, high-quality produce, dairy, and meats in Houston. More and more, Houstonians are developing an appreciation for farmers' markets, and it was only a matter of time before our city government got directly involved. Today marked the inaugura ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2010

    Urban Outpost's Fifth Ward Farm

    ​Last Organic Outpost took a vacant tract of land in the Fifth Ward and turned it into an urban farm. But don't believe me, go check it out at 711 North Emile St. And if you are interested in gardening or eating organic, this would be a good weekend for a visit. The Emile Street Community Farm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    A Farmer Cooks You Dinner

    ​Garden slugs, green activists and organic food lovers will gather for cocktails from five to seven p.m. tomorrow night at Last Concert Café at a mixer sponsored by Houston Green Scene. Drinks will be followed by a dinner to benefit Last Organic Outpost's community gardening efforts. The Liv ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009

    "Topiary Text Lead"

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    June 4, 2009
  • Culture

    May 21, 2009

    Veggie Heaven

    Farmers' markets take over Houston.

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2008

    Staying Sharp at the Bayou City Farmers' Market

    Bob Nagode reckons that there have been weeks where he has sharpened upwards of 1,000 knives on the hotel and restaurant circuit. You can find him on Saturdays at the Bayou City Farmers' Market. His services are a bargain at $0.85 an inch, and he sells knives, too. Knives really only need to be s ... More >>

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  • Dining

    March 27, 2003

    In the Garden

    Meet Camille Waters, an urban guerrilla armed with lettuce