The Houston Farmers Market should definitely be on your shopping list.

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Heading to Whole Foods for groceries, again? How about skipping the trip to the oh so air conditioned warehouse and experience a peachy way to shop the next time you need to to pick up your essentials – head to your local farmers market.

Grab some cash, sunblock, locate your reusable shopping bags, and turn your dreadful shopping experience into something exciting that you and the whole family can look forward to visiting.  Farmers markets give you the opportunity to buy fresh produce, meats, dairy products, baked goods, and more directly from the source and skip the middleman. Combine the elements of food and music to the delicious fragrant smells that fill the air, and beautiful sights of ripe and farm fresh produce.

Whether you are a weekend or weekday shopper, there is certainly something open for any day of the week. Make the commitment to check out our picks of the top five farmers markets in Houston this fall.

 

Memorial Villages Farmers Market

This is a place that you will want to take your friends and family (including your dog).

From live music to food demonstrations for the adults as well as a playground for the kiddos’, there is something for all age groups.

Besides the classic produce, expose yourself to the most interesting products vendors sell like extraordinary looking mushrooms, homemade sauces including garlic mayonnaise, or take home premade hot meals like the vegan dal masala.

Hunters Creek Village at First Congregational Church 10840 Beinhorn Road. Open Saturday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. mvfarmersmarket.org

 

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The Houston Farmers Market

As much as we love H-E-B, this farmers market has a certain charm that you can’t experience at your neighborhood grocery store.

It could be the fact that you are instantly immersed into the surroundings of rich Latin culture or the aromas of the robust spices that are on display in the shaded open-air market. Either way, the findings here are abundant and the produce is vibrant.

Although the market appears to be new and modern it has actually been operating for more than 75 years. This newly transformed site is known as one of the oldest farmers markets in Houston.

2520 Airline Dr.. Open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. thehoustonfarmersmarket.com

 

Urban Harvest Farmers Market

With the pandemic stealing our social lives for over a year, you deserve to make up for lost time. Get out of your quarantine habits and stop ordering your groceries online.

Make this farmers market your Saturday morning tradition and meet over 100 growers including Atkinson Farms, Gundermann Acres, Plant It Forward and more local farmers extending out 180 miles of Houston.

Urban Harvest does more than just provide locals with an extensive market and fresh produce, but the fresh food conglomerate also has a community garden where they have been bringing together volunteers and members of their community to learn about gardening for more than 30 years.

2752 Buffalo Speedway. Open Saturday’s from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. urbanharvest.org

 

East End Farmers Market

We know how hard you brunched last Sunday. So let’s sit that one out and navigate over to the farmers market for the bottomless produce options.

If you are looking for a more lowkey selection, this farmers market is something to check out. It’s a smaller market that has great taste, filled by vendors under tents and even some set up in unique container shops.

Find more than just produce but food from around the world, farm fresh eggs and even treats for your dog like the vast selection bone for your fury friends.

2800 Navigation Blvd. Open Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. eastendhouston.com

 

Tomball Farmers Market

No plans this Saturday morning? We are going to the Tomball Farmers Market —market on your calendar.

This is a foodie haven from the beloved bagels and local honey to the fiery selection of spicy peppers. We aren’t doing math today but there are plenty of pies to try and to consider for your share of the Thanksgiving potluck.

The atmosphere is lively and sure to be the caffeine that wakes you up to mingle with over 65 local vendors and enjoy the cute small town feeling where farmers market is located.

205 W. Main St.. Open Saturday’s from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomballfarmersmarket.org

 

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