Farmers Markets

Make Grocery Shopping Fun Again

Here are the top 10 farmers markets in Houston.

By Shivani Parmar and Danielle Wright Published in the Fall 2021 issue of Houstonia Magazine

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

Image: Michael Craft

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

Grab some cash, sunblock, locate your reusable shopping bags, and turn your regular shopping experience into something exciting that you and the whole family can look forward to.  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 with 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 that'll fit right into your schedule. Make the commitment to check out our picks of the top 10 farmers markets in Houston this spring.


 

Memorial Villages Farmers Market

This is a place where 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 Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. mvfarmersmarket.org

Image: Michael Craft

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 in 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 Saturdays 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 with 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 of bones for your furry friends.

2800 Navigation Blvd. Open Sundays 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

Farmers Market Partners Missouri City

If you can’t come out to the city, visit the Farmers Market Partners in the Missouri City area. At The Pantry, you’ll browse through organic fruits and vegetables sourced from local farms featuring Gunderman Acres and Atkinson and Sons Farms. While there are new vendors every Saturday, among the mainstays are the Briyani Hut offering Indian cuisine, and family-owned Comfort Bundt Cakes offering Louisiana-style desserts like Bourbon Red Velvet cake and New Orleans rum cake. The market is also kid-friendly with their Kid Zone for children to safely play while you shop.  

5855 Sienna Springs Way. Open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. farmersmarketpartners.com

Westchase District Farmers Market

Kitchen staples such as eggs, pork, and beef, as well as jams, jellies, and honey from Westchase District Farmers Market, are awaiting their spot in your pantry. Other than selling food, there are vendors catering to home and spa, such as Doggy Mama, which is a vendor selling meals like chicken and brown rice for pets. There are Fun Soaps by Debra offering artisan soaps and bath products. Since its opening in 2013, the farmers market at Westchase District encourages the community to aim for home-cooked meals through locally grown foods.

10503 Westheimer Road. Open Thursdays from 3 p.m.  westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com

Rice Villiage Farmers Market

Throughout your shopping at the Rice Village Farmers Market, you’ll hear live music from local bands and have multiple chances to grab a bite to eat from several food trucks. While vendors change weekly, previous appearances have seen the likes of Hive Bee Farm, offering sweet raw honey, the handmade batches of Brazos Bagel, and delectable treats made by Eat My Pralines. With over 40 vendors to shop from, you'll be sure to leave with loads of delicious things to eat. 

Kelvin Drive and Amherst Street. Open first and third Sundays of every month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rice-village.com

Epicurean Goods Outdoor Market

Handmade, homemade and homegrown are the products sold at the Epicurean Goods Outdoor Market. Located on the campus of Grace United Methodist, there are over 600 vendors, including Rosie’s Love Waters with healthy alkaline fruit juices. There are also ceramic cups, bowls, and jewelry crafted by Andres Alcoser Ceramics. Shoppers can listen to the artists from the local music label Visionary Noise Music, featuring Many Smith, Daniel Ovedo, or Ricky Ford. The Epicurean Goods Outdoor Market is the block party you’ll love to attend. 

Grace United Methodist Campus, 1245 Heights Boulevard. Open every second and fourth Saturday of the month, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. epicureangoods.com

Braeswood Farmers Market

Located in the heart of Meyerland is the Braeswood Farmers Market. Each week, peruse the rows of fresh produce, like tomatoes, eggplant, and carrots, or grab organic juices by Zo Zo Fresh. While you’re picking up locally grown veggies, grab a bite from tasty food trucks serving traditional Mexican dishes,  gourmet pasta, and a cool brew of coffee. Vendors will also offer handmade loaves of bread and farm-grown eggs that make for a delicious breakfast. 

5130 Bellaire Boulevard. Open Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. facebook.com/braeswoodfarmersmarket

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