Recycle for Rewards! Recycle Right Rally This Weekend!

Want to do the right thing for the environment and get rewarded for it?  Recyclebank , the company that rewards people for their everyday green actions, is teaming up with the City of Houston and Ziploc for a huge event this weekend!  Recyclebank rewards for curbside recycling and event participation, with offers redeemable at local businesses such as Ruggles Green, Putt Putt Funhouse—just to name a few!  Check out this cool YouTube clip on Recyclebank.

Recyclebank has teamed up with Ziploc to help achieve its goal of offsetting more than 100 million pounds of waste from our nation’s landfills over the next two years, by hosting a series of nationwide recycling education events. The events aim to help communities better understand how to “recycle right,” one of the easiest ways to help our landfills and, consequently, lift our all-too-stagnant national recycling rates.

This Saturday and Sunday, May 21st and 22nd, Recyclebank and Ziploc will be at local Houston Krogers and Randalls to offer tips, recycling best practices and also provide awesome giveaways and deals to Houston residents.

At the events, residents are also encouraged to drop off clean and dry Ziploc Brand Sandwich, Freezer and Storage Bags at in-store collection bins to recycle– and earn rewards!

Here is the list of participating locations for the event:

Saturday, May 21
8:00 am – 12:00 pmKroger6425 FM-1464
8:00 am – 12:00 pmKroger1505 Wirt Rd
8:00 am – 12:00 pmRandalls 5161 San Felipe St
8:00 am – 12:00 pmKroger12222 Jones Rd
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmKroger12555 Briar Forest Dr
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmKroger 1035 N Shepherd Dr
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmRandalls 3131 W Holcombe Blvd
1:00 pm – 5:00 pmKroger 9330 Jones Rd

Sunday, May 22

9:00 am – 1:00 pmKroger 9919 Westheimer Rd
9:00 am – 1:00 pmKroger 1801 S Voss Rd
9:00 am – 1:00 pmKroger 10306 S Post Oak Rd
9:00 am – 1:00 pmKroger 6350 Eldridge Pkwy
2:00 pm – 6:00 pmRandalls 9660 Westheimer Rd
2:00 pm – 6:00 pmRandalls 12850 Memorial Dr
2:00 pm – 6:00 pmKroger 7747 Kirby Dr
2:00 pm – 6:00 pmKroger 1520 Eldridge Pkwy


Update: Houston Farmer’s Markets: City Hall

What a total bummer that just after a very successful launch, the City Hall Farmer’s Market (part of the family of the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Markets expanding to new locations all around Houston) endured back to back Wednesdays with miserable weather.  But, bad weather never lasts and fortunately it was a beautiful day this Wednesday to finally go and check out what all the buzz is about.  The crowds also returned and it looks like the new farmer’s market might be a huge hit!

Probably what makes this market the most unique is that it’s not so much about buying carrots and beets as it is about a great mid-day outdoor dining experience.  I only saw a few booths set up to sell veggies.  The rest of them (probably about 30 vendors) represented some great bakeries, cheese vendors, boxed lunch offerings from some of Houston’s great restaurants, and of course the ever expanding trend of the food trucks (check out my blog series on Food Truck Tours for reviews).

I kind of envied all of the downtown workers milling about, enjoying the weather

Mayor Anise Parker

Mayor Anise Parker

and a ton of great food.  What a way to break up a work day, and have an affordable, delicious lunch.  Almost made me want to go back to work for “the man” just so I could work downtown and hit City Hall each Wednesday.  Almost.

Something important to note:  try to get there early (they open at 11).  I arrived around 12:30 and found several of the vendors already sold out (Eatsie Boys and Ruggle’s Green to name a few).  No worries, though as there were still lots of great options from crepes, to quiche, to tamales or a fabulous roasted chicken.  Each of the restaurant and catering vendors offered some great boxed lunch options.  Make sure you do a “once-around” of the market before making your final decisions as there is a ton to choose from.

The Frosted Betty Bake Shop truck was also in attendance (yeah!), so I finally got a chance to sample their wares for dessert.  I went for the chocolate salted caramel, but they had such an interesting menu that I must go back for more (see my blog spot on Frosted Betty for more information).

Get your fresh here! Houston’s best Farmer’s Markets

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!!!

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