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For anyone interested in supporting local farmers and artisans, there are few better ways than shopping at a nearby farmers market. Cypress, Tomball, Magnolia and The Woodlands all have markets in the area that run year-round. With the summer season ending, check out what some of the local markets have in store.
Debbie's Garden and Farmers Market
Debbie's Market has been the Cy-Fair area's market of choice for the past four years for fresh and local goods. The market covers everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to jams, honey and herbal teas. A full crop schedule is available on the website, as well as recipes.
10039 Huffmeister Road, Houston. Every Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. http://debbiesgarden-farmersmarket.com 832-863-5533.
Tomball Farmers Market
Tomball’s Farmers Market, which became year-round in 2012, started up in the city in 2008 by residents who were seeking an alternative to markets in Houston. The market provides vegetables, crafts, natural meats and eggs, as well as Klein Brothers products. Once a month, the market hosts the Texas Extension Agency Master Gardeners, who provide their expertise in answering all gardening related questions.
S. Cherry Street and W. Main, Tomball. Every Saturday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. www.tomballfarmersmarket.org, 281-826-2196
The Woodlands Mall Farmers Market
The Feast of Artisans Farmers Market is held every Wednesday in the outdoor courtyard of The Woodlands Mall, between Barnes & Noble and Anthropologie. The market was established and is led by local resident Lorraine Richardson and features area farmers and artisans selling local fruits and vegetables, local honey, free-range chicken eggs, meats, olive oil, bath sundries, ceramics and more.
The Woodlands Mall, 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive. Every Wednesday, 3–7 p.m.
Grogan’s Mill Village Center Farmers Market
The Grogan’s Mill Village Association hosts the Grogan’s Mill Farmer’s Market in The Woodlands every Saturday. Check it out and sample a little bit of everything—Costa Rican coffee, handmade artisan soaps, locally-grown vegetables, honey, and more. The market is located near Randall’s in the parking lot.
2250 Buckthorne Place, The Woodlands. Every Saturday 8 a.m.–noon.
Sweet Magnolia Pickins Farmers Market
The Magnolia Farmers Market features produce, fruits, herbs, meats, as well as gourmet Costa Rican coffee, hand-crafted tamales from the local Grande Tamales, and cider kits to make your own cider. Renew Health Coaching’s Jessica Grajeda is also on site to provide cooking demonstrations using items from the market. A separate craft market is held on the first and third Sunday every month at the same location.
FM 1488 and FM 1774, Magnolia. Second and fourth Sunday every month, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. http://magnoliafarmersmarket.net, 832-934-2648
Locavore Farmers’ Market
Lakewood United Methodist church hosts a farmer’s market in their parking lot once a month. Local vendors offer fresh products, and the market provides free classes in various subjects. Proceeds go toward mission work through the church.
11330 Louetta Road, Houston. Third Saturday every month, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 832-912-6545
Bridgeland Farmers Market
This new farmers market can be found in the master-planned community of Bridgeland and features fresh produce, herbs, meats and baked goods from more than 20 vendors and area farms. The market is organized by the Bridgeland Homeowner’s Association and local volunteers. Events such as live music and free tastings are scheduled through the end of the year.
16902 Bridgeland Landing Drive, Cypress. Second Sunday every month, 12:30–3:30 p.m., www.bridgelandlife.com
Rice University Farmers Market
This year-round, open-air market used to be known as Houston Farmer’s Market and was the first in Houston. It was originally held at Onion Creek on Saturday mornings, but has since relocated to the stadium parking lot of Rice University. Nearly all the food featured is grown sustainably without the use of artificial fertilizer or pesticides.
2100 University Blvd, Houston. Every Tuesday, 3:30–7 p.m. www.farmersmarket.rice.edu