Houston Farmer's Markets

Tour Houston Farmer's Markets by Bike

We have several Farmer's Markets right here in the middle of the city, which bring in local organic fruit, produce, & food products every Saturday. Bring your backpack to carry what you purchase, and let's shop the markets on our bikes!

We meet and then take an easy tour of 3 to 5 markets around the city. We use side streets, trails and residential roads for this 8 to 12 mile ride.

Not only will you learn the markets and get some exercise, you'll see beautiful areas you never knew existed in Houston and take home a bounty of beautiful produce, breads, sauces and jams!

No matter what day of the week it is, you can always find a Farmer's Market in Houston that is open and has fresh, organic food to keep you healthy.

"The Farmer Market ride from Onion Creek is one of my favorites. Never having road biked before, I found comfort on the road with 60 other people and a knowledgeable leader."
- Amy Hope

Don't have a bike? Don't worry!

Houston B-cycle is a bike share program in Houston Texas that is operated by Houston Bike Share; a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit whose mission is "To implement, operate and expand a bike-sharing program supported by the community that offers residents, commuters and visitors a choice of ecological and economical transport, ideal for short trips and resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled, less pollution and congestion, better mobility and more personal health and wellness."

Use the bcycle app to find a station closest to you.




When are the Farmer's Markets

This is your guide to when each farmer's market is open, where it is located and a link to the website!

SATURDAY

Urban Harvest Market at Eastside; 8-noon at 3000 Richmond Avenue

LaCenterra Farmers Market at Cinco Ranch; 8am-noon at LaCenterra Center

Matt Family Orchard-Pick your own; Call before you go: 281-351-767621110 Bauer Hockley Road, Tomball 77377

Grogan's Mill Village Farmers Market; 8am-noon, April 3-June 26, at Grogan's Mill Center, 7 Switchbud Place, Woodlands

Farmers Market at Clear Lake Shores; 8am-noon in 1020 Marina Bay Drive, Clear Lake

Pearland Old Town Site Farmers Market; 9am - 1pm, 2nd and 4th Saturday, March-November at Zychlinski Park 2243 Grand Blvd, Pearland

Tomball Farmers Market; 8am-noon, 2nd and 4th Saturday, at the corner of FM 2920 and Cherry St, Tomball

Nassau Bay Farmers Market; 10am-2pm at Erma's Nutrition Center 18045 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay

WEEKDAYS

TUESDAYS:

Houston Farmers Market at Rice University

Houston's First Texas State Certified Farmers Market 3:30-7:00pm at 2100 University Boulevard

Every Wednesday

City Hall Farmers Market -The newest in Urban Harvest's family of farmers markets; 11am-2pm at 901 Bagby, across from City Hall, 77002

Spring Branch Farmers Market; 2:30pm-6:30pm at southeast corner of Wirt and Westview

Every Thursday

Kingwood Farmers Market; 3:00pm-7:00pm at 4403 Town CenterPlace, Kingwood, 77339

SUNDAY

Highland Village Farmers Market; 9am-1pm at Highland Village Shopping Center along the 4000 block of Westheimer on 2720 Suffolk Drive

Wild West Farmers Market; noon-4pm at 5005 FM 359, Richmond 77469

Urban Harvest Market at Discovery Green; noon-4pm at 1500 McKinney, Downtown

Urban Pickins Farmers Market; 11am-3pm at Wabash Antiques and Feed Store 5701 Washington Avenue, Houston 77007

Rawfully Orgainic; noon-4PM, Third Sunday of each month, inside Grand Hall of WestOaks Mall at 1000Westheimer & Hwy 6




If you think the organic thing is for you, want to check out all the rave, or just want to bike around in Houston, come with us as we shop the local farmers market.

Clear as mud; the organic truth

by Michelle Smith and Natalie Davis

Lots of folks, hoping to enjoy the benefits of higher-quality, higher-nutrition foods, make the choice to go organic. More than 60 percent of Americans - nearly twice the number in 2004 - purchased organic food products last year, and organic foods are among the fastest-growing segments of the food industry. We've all been told we should buy organic. But how many of us really know why?

What does organic really mean?

Organic food is not just about a product; it is a philosophy in which the process of production is as important as the final result

Organic growers rightly believe that a farm is a diverse ecosystem, that soil is a living organism to be nurtured and that farming practices need to be concerned about the long-term health of workers, consumers, the surrounding water supply and the animals living within the habitat

Why should you eat organic?

Not only is organic food proven to be healthier, with higher levels of vitamin C, iron and calcium, it also tastes better. Because those carrots aren't forced to grow quickly in time for the Sunday dinner rush, they can develop a depth of flavour not found elsewhere.

The lower water content (non-organic foods change structure through the use of agro-chemicals and retain 26 per cent more water) not only contributes to that flavour but may also mean that, pound for pound, organic food is really the more economical option.

And it's good news for those of us striving to be 'green'. The organic farming method produces less waste, and therefore less carbon dioxide into the environment. It also goes hand in hand with a higher standard of animal care and supports farmyard wildlife.

Is this just a way to charge more for a bit of dirt on my carrots?

Number one on any naysayer's list is the price of organic food. Studies show that your organic basket could cost up to 63 per cent more. And don't expect to buy exotic favourites all year round. Even if you can get your hands on an elusive boysenberry, chances are it will have clocked up thousands of air miles to get here.

Just take a look at the long lines you're likely to find in your local natural-foods market: It still amazes me to see just how many people willingly shell out top dollar for some sort of nebulous guarantee that we're buying better health for ourselves and our families. Are we making a smart choice?

A new study of US Department of Agriculture data conducted by Washington, DC-based Environmental Working Group that says particular fruits and vegetables contain substantially lower amounts of the pesticides and contaminants routinely found in conventionally produced items. Fewer chemicals equals lower health risks, making these purchases smart ones.




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