Visiting farmers markets is one of the best ways to meet and talk to the people who grow and produce food locally, but there’s so much more to these markets. Whether they’re big or small, they provide a meeting place where you can shop, support local businesses, meet up with friends and have a little fun. Here we’ve gathered our favorite farmers markets in town. Pay them a visit; you may just discover something new.
Houston’s oldest and largest farmers market is a Saturday morning destination for locals and visitors alike. With some 50 vendors, the market offers incredible variety making it entirely possible for you to buy everything you need for dinner right there. Its convivial atmosphere also makes it a good spot to catch up with friends, grab breakfast and listen to a little live music. Every vendor is worth a visit but don’t miss Blue Heron Farm chevre (look out for seasonal flavors such as pumpkin and lavender), Gulf seafood from Airline Seafood, fresh handmade Tavola pasta, and Tejas Heritage Farm meats. Also check out Animal Farm and Plant It Forward Farms for produce.
Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., 3100 Richmond Ave.
This market held weekly at a Rice University parking lot gathers a small group of vendors but you’ll find enough variety and quality to make it worth your while. From goat cheese to bread to meat and produce, this small market has it all. And since it’s on a university campus, you can also partake in fun events held throughout the year at the market, from tailgating to beer tastings to a cinco de mayo celebration dubbed Cinco de Market.
Every Tuesday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 5600 Greenbriar Dr. (Entrance 13B)
Get a break from your cubicle at this seasonal farmers market in front of City Hall. Just opened for the 2016 fall season, the market’s vendors sell mostly prepared foods to feed the lunch crowd but you’ll also find local eggs, meats and produce to take home after work. Don’t miss the vegan tamales from Guudbelly, crepes from Melange Creperie and kathi rolls from Calcutta Rolls, plus endless options from the many food trucks that join the market every Wednesday.
Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during fall and spring. The current season runs until December 21, 2016.
Although this weekday farmers market is on the smaller side, its location in Westchase and afternoon hours make it a convenient after-work stop for those who live or work in the surrounding areas. Despite its small size, visitors will find the essentials they need from vendors who regularly attend other Houston farmers markets, including produce from Atkison Farms, meats from Katerra Exotics and Shiner Pork and Beef, and cheese from Brazos Valley Cheese.
Every Thursday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., St. Cyril of Alexandria Church, 10503 Westheimer Rd.
Not even one year old, this market in Hunters Creek Village has quickly grown in both size and popularity. It hosts a wide variety of vendors selling local fresh and prepared foods, including Animal Farm, Plant It Forward Farms, Lil’ Emma’s Seafood who sells fresh Gulf shrimp, Johnson’s Backyard Garden from Austin, and many others selling from honey to bread. Live music makes the shopping experience more fun, and if you have kids, they’ll love to run around in the adjacent church playground.
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First Congregational Church, 10840 Beinhorn Rd.
Want a fun way to spend a Sunday morning? Head to EaDo (east of downtown) and take a stroll along the two-block stretch of Navigation Boulevard where farmers, bakers, artists and more set up shop for the weekly market. Although not exclusively a farmers market, you’ll find plenty of locally grown and prepared foods, including produce from Finca Tres Robles, an urban farm in the East End, bread, honey, meats and more. The market launched in April of 2015 and has become a place for East End residents and visitors to mingle every weekend in a fun, lively atmosphere.
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Esplanade on Navigation, 2800 Navigation Boulevard.