The City Hall Farmers Market is Back

After an extended Christmas vacation, the City Hall Farmers Market is back for 2011, with its first market of the year scheduled for tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The most important thing to note is that the market starts one hour later than it did previously, so don't show up at 10 a.m. confused and empty-handed. Aside from a small decrease in weekly hours, however, the market is back better than ever.

ATMs will be available on site (hallelujah!) for anyone who forgot to bring cash. Community tables will be set up inside the City Hall rotunda if you want to take a break while shopping or eat your goodies for lunch. And there'll even be free hot cocoa to keep you warm, because it will be blustery tomorrow.

But that's not all the market has in store.

Chef Danny Trace from Brennan's will be the featured chef in this week's My Table Chef's Corner demonstration booth, located on the steps of City Hall. He'll be showing market-goers how to whip up a very winter appropriate dish: Cauliflower and Brie Bisque.

Additionally, tomorrow's market will be visited by the IDOL Across America tour bus from American Idol. Houston was chosen as one of the 16 cities that the biodiesel-fueled bus will visit during its tour and Texas's very own Michael Sarver (the former roughneck contestant from Season 8) will be on hand as the public is invited to tour the American Idol bus, which contains memorabilia from the show's many seasons.

Of course, the biggest draw of the market is still the 40-plus vendors, with folks from Mia Bella to Knopp Branch Farms, from Pola to Sinfull Bakery. And because you never know what you'll find at the farmers' market, you should head out tomorrow afternoon and give yourself a pleasant surprise.

For more photos from the market, check out our slideshow.

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Katharine Shilcutt