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City Hall Farmers Market: Get Your Last-Minute Food Gifts

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The very last City Hall Farmers Market of the year is taking place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in its usual location, surrounding the pool directly in front of City Hall. The market will be taking a brief holiday break for Christmas and will be back again in 2011.

If you're anything like me, there are always last-minute gifts you've either forgotten about or that you've put off because the giftee is one of those difficult-to-buy-for types. The City Hall Farmers Market is perfect for either situation.

After all, even the person who has everything (or buys everything for themselves before you get a chance to) probably doesn't have a beautiful hunk of Houston-made Pola cheese (seen to the right) or a bag of Houston-roasted coffee beans, not to say the least of Texas olive oil or fresh citrus. Heading out of state for Christmas? Then a Texas-made or Houston-produced treasure makes an even better gift for those poor, pitiful non-Texans.

In keeping with the holiday season, Viva Voce Victorian Carolers will be singing Christmas carols throughout the afternoon. And be sure not to miss two great chefs cooking up a storm at the demo table: Maurizio Ferrarese from Quattro and German Mosquera from Ruggles Green. Both will be demonstrating recipes using produce from the market, in case you're stumped on what to do with that winter squash you picked up.

For more photos from the market -- and to see what you can expect -- check out our slideshow.

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