Celebrate National Farmers' Market Week Through August 7

Categories: Market Watch

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Houstonian
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: cnc1960@aol.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: bonita.taylor@comcast.net

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: cmccarty@humbleareachamber.org

*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: julia@urbanharvest.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: julia@urbanharvest.org

*Urban Pickins @ Wabash
5701 Washington Ave.
Day of operation: Sunday
Hours of operation: 11a - 3p
Phone 713-822-3814
Email: info@wabashfeed.com

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: farmersmarket@lacenterra.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.

*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: tomballfarmersmarket@gmail.com

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



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