As the City’s culture and mindset is rapidly becoming greener, one of the best and tastiest ways for residents to really “go green” is to check out some of our fabulous Farmer’s Markets. Plus, you don’t have to travel outside of the City to get to some of the best fresh produce our area has to offer.
Probably Houston’s most established market (since 1958) is the Canino Produce Company. This is my number one favorite, not just because of the crazy huge selection and convenient hours, but because of the other great stuff across the street. Located at 2520 Airline just north of The Heights, (super convenient to the Midtown, River Oaks, Montrose, Allen Parkway, and Washington areas) the market is open every day from 6 AM to 8PM. They also offer food tastings on the second Saturday of every month from 10 AM to 12 PM. This market is huge….over 20,000 square feet!
Important TIP: Make sure you go through the grocery-store-style section and on to the back. Out back is the REAL market with several produce vendors lined up on each side. The best produce is back here and it feels a little more like a real “market.”
The added bonuses: across the street is the El Bolillo Bakery (Panaderia) which is a “muy” authentic Mexican bakery. They have every type of pan dulce (Mexican pastry) imaginable and a rockin’ tres leches cake. Hungry after buying tons of food? Go to Tampico’s Restaurant and order the huachinango (grilled whole snapper). Wash it down with a michelada (kind of like a spicy bloody mary made with beer). Triple bonus!!!
If you haven’t been to Houston’s “green renewed” pride and joy, Discovery Green located downtown next to the George R. Brown Convention Center, a great reason to check it out is the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market every Sunday from noon to 4 PM year round. The Urban Harvest market is also hosted on Saturdays from 8 AM to noon at 3000 Richmond at the corner of Eastside (making it really convenient for the Greenway and Medical Center area folks).
I love Discovery Green as a park because it really reflects everything that makes Houston a great city to live in…art installations, beautiful fountains that you can play in (am I the only one who always wants to jump into any fountain I see?), scrumptious food, street vendors, live music, ALL kinds of people and tons more.
The Spring Branch Farmer’s Market is another option within the City, making it convenient for anyone living within the Beltway, although it is only hosted every Wednesday from 2:30 to 6:30 at the corner of Wirt and Westview. Check out their website for tips, recipes, and more to embrace a green and sustainable lifestyle.
Lastly, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Midtown Farmer’s Market. Why? Well, there are lots of reasons: its a great way to spend a Saturday morning, sampling the wares and visiting with the vendors and other “regulars.” Recently I enjoyed a fresh baguette from Slow Dough Baking (who still don’t have a storefront, so this is one of your few chances to buy direct) and a delicious wedge of Paragon cheese from Houston Dairymaids. After all of the tastings, samplings, baguette and cheese I had no need for a meal. Plus, it is right off the rail (Houston MetroRAIL) making it really convenient for folks in the Museum District and Medical Center to travel “green.” Most importantly, it is hosted at t’afia which is one of Monica Pope’s FAB restaurants and I LOVE Monica!!! (Side note: you must try all of Monica’s restaurants and more than once as menus always change and often focus on fresh, local produce).
Weather permitting, I am planning on catching the new Urban Harvest City Hall Farmers Market this coming Wednesday and will update the blog with what I find!
Eat green and be merry!