Why, you ask? "Farmers markets are good for you for health, good for your community, and good for the economy," says Stacy Miller, executive director of the Farmers Market Coalition, a nonprofit supporting farmers' markets across the country. "During Farmers Market Week, we invite everyone to celebrate the freshest foods from America's most entrepreneurial farmers by supporting their local farmers markets."
Farmers markets support small-family farms, stimulate rural economies, and make fresh, nutritious food available to more people (often at lower prices than major retail stores). Locally grown produce available at farmers' markets is available to you at the peak of freshness and travels (on average) less than 50 miles. Compare that to "the supermarket scenario," which, in some cases, means 7-14 days and 1,200 miles have been spanned between the time produce is picked and when it becomes available at a supermarket. Studies have shown that produce begins to lose nutritional value soon after harvest; locally grown produce available at farmers' markets is available to you with higher nutritional content.
And let us not forget - nothing can take a recipe from "good" to "slap-your-momma-good" the way using fresh ingredients can.
Area markets for Houston and the surrounding areas listed below. Be sure to check out the Texas Department of Agriculture's website PickTexas.com for local growing tips and recipes.
*Certified by the Texas Department of Agriculture through an annual application process. For details on certification requirements, go here.
BRAZORIA COUNTY Froberg's Vegetable Farm Store 11875 County Road 190, Alvin, TX Days of Operation: Daily (excluding Holidays) Hours of Operation: 9a - 6 p Phone: 281-585-3531
GALVESTON COUNTY *Herbal Quest Farmers Market 6511 Stewart Road, Galveston, TX Days of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 10a - 1p
*Kemah Farmers Open Air Market FM 2094 and Highway 146 Day of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 8a to 6p 281-334-3636 Email: email@example.com
The Lunchbox Cafe's "Farmbox Market" 213 23rd Street (Strand and Mechanic), Galveston, TX Day of Operation: Saturdays Hours of Operation: 11a - 2p
Nassau Bay Farmers Market 18045 Upper Bay Drive, outside Erma's Nutrition Center, Nassau Bay, TX Day of Operaton: Saturday Hours of Operation: 10a - 2p Phone: 281-326-2509
HARRIS COUNTY *BCBO Peaches and Herb Farmers Coop and Holistic Center 3621 Hurley Days of operation: Thursday-Sunday Hours of operation: 11a to 7p Phone:713-742-6995
*City Centre Eco Farmers Market 800 W. Sam Houston Parkway N. Day of operation: Thursday Hours of operation: 4p to 8p Phone:239-233-2461
Debbie's Garden and Farmers Market 20806 Hempstead Road, Cypress, TX Days of Operation: Wednesdays - Sundays Hours of Operation: Wed-Sat 9a - 6p / Sun 9a - 4p Sundays Phone 832-863-5533
The Farmers Market at Clear Lake Shores Lot along FM 2094 just west of the Clear Lake Road intersection Day of Operation: Saturdays Hours of Operation: 8 a.m.-noon Phone: 281-782-6165 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Georgia's Farm to Market 12171 Katy Freeway Day of Operation: Daily Hours of Operation: 7a - 7p Phone: 281-940-0990
*Highland Village Farmers Market 2706 Suffolk Dr.(1/2 block south of Westheimer Blvd.) Day of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 8a - 12p Phone: 832-526-8236
*Houston Farmers Market / Rice University Farmers Market 2100 University Blvd (South Stadium, Rice University) Days of operation: Tuesday, Saturday Hours of operation: Tuesday, 330p - 7p; Saturday, 9a - 1p Phone 832-746-2720
*Kingwood/Humble Farmers Market First United Methodist Church Parking Lot - 800 E. Main, Humble, Texas 77338 Day of operation: Wednesday Hours of operation: 3p - 7p Email: email@example.com
*Locavore Farmers Market 11330 Louetta Road Day of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 830a - 1230p Phone 713-302-2279
Midtown Farmers Market 3701 Travis St (t'afia restaurant) Day of Operation: Saturdays Hours of Operation: 8a - 12p
Theiss Farms - Klein 17045 Stuebner Airline, Houston, TX Days of Operation: Daily through Oct. 31 Hours of Operation: 9a - 6p Mon - Sat/ 10a - 5p Sun Phone 281-370-3276
Theiss Farms - Spring 2008 Rayford Road, Spring, TX Days of Operation: Daily through Oct. 31 Hours of Operation: 10a - 630p Mon - Sat / 11a - 5p Sun Phone 281-419-3276
*Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Discovery Green 1500 McKinney Day of operation: Sunday Hours of operation: 12p - 4p Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Urban Harvest Farmers Market at Eastside 3000 Richmond (In parking lot between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway) Days of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 8a - 12p Phone 713-880-5540 Email: email@example.com
*Urban Pickins @ Wabash 5701 Washington Ave. Day of operation: Sunday Hours of operation: 11a - 3p Phone 713-822-3814 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FORT BEND COUNTY *Farmers Market at LaCenterra 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. (LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch) Days of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 9a - 1p (After daylight savings, 8 a - 12p Phone 281-395-5533 Email: email@example.com
Pavlock Farms 210 Huntington Road, Rosenberg, TX Days of Operation: Monday - Saturday Hours of Operation: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays Directions: from Sugar Land: Take U.S. 59 south, then exit Highway 36 and turn right. At Highway 90, turn left. At the fork, veer right on Highway 36 North toward Sealy. About 1/2 mile down, take a right on Huntington Road. The barn is approximately 2 blocks down on the right.
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*Wild West Richmond Farmers Market 5005 FM 359, Richmond, TX Day of operation: Sunday Hours of operation: 12p - 4p Phone 281-342-1930
MONTGOMERY COUNTY Grogan's Mill Village Association 2230 Buckthorne (Intersection of Grogan's Mill Road and S. Millbend) Day of Operation: Saturday Hours of Operation: 8a - 12p Phone 713-992-5983
Tomball Farmers Market Corner of Main and Cherry, Tomball, TX Day of operation: Saturday Hours of operation: 8a - 1p Phone (281) 825-6187 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WALLER COUNTY DiIorio Farms and Roadside Market U.S. 290 Hempstead Days of Operation: Daily Hours of Operation: 8a - 7p Phone: 800-460-2688 Email: Info@diloriofarms.com