Locally Grown Food
Below is a listing of farmers markets, local growers and sources for terrific organic vegetables and fruit, free-range chickens and eggs, and pasture-fed meat, from the general Houston, Texas, area west to Wharton and Sealy, and south into Brazoria County. (Click the address links for maps.) If you know of additional sources I should list or see an error, please contact me here with the new/correct information.
Area Farmers Markets:
Cinco Ranch – Farmers Market at LaCenterra
Each Saturday, regardless of weather, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during winter, in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch (south of Katy and northeast of Richmond), at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in the courtyard or west parking lot. Interested vendors can check this out
Houston – Farmers Market at Eastside:
Every Saturday, year-round and regardless of weather, 8 a.m. to noon, in a large parking lot behind 3000 Richmond Ave. at Eastside St., between Kirby and the Buffalo Speedway in Houston’s Greenway Plaza area. Interested vendors can contact the market via email here
Wharton – Wharton County Farmers Market
Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at Wharton’s Guffey Park on Houston Street between Milam and Caney. Vendors or those needing more information may contact Pam Nash via email.
Houston – Highland Village Farmers Market:
Every Sunday, year-round sun or rain, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Houston’s Discovery Highland Village area inside the 610 Loop, just off Westheimer at 2706 Suffolk Dr. For vendor information, step this way.
Houston – Farmers Market at Discovery Green:
Every Sunday, year-round rain or shine, from noon to 4 p.m., at downtown Houston’s Discovery Green Park, at 1500 McKinney St. Find out how to become a vendor right here.
Houston – Canino Produce Co.
Open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and the day after Christmas, Canino’s has 20,000 square feet of produce, herbs, spices and other grocery products. Supplied by local farmers, the operation also imports goods from across the country. Find it at 2520 Airline Dr., just inside the loop west of Interstate 45.
Farm Stores or Pick-Your-Owns:
Alvin – Froberg’s Farm
Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week, Froberg’s has a big selection of produce, a smokehouse next door and, in season, pick-your-own strawberries. Farming just off of State Highway 6 in Alvin for more than 70 years, the majority of their produce comes from right here, at 11875 County Road 190 in Alvin.
Hempstead – DiIorio Farms & Roadside Market
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., the Diloria family has been selling produce from its store since 1956. They sell a wide variety of fruit and vegetables, preserves, spices, dried foods, groceries, even outdoor grills and smokers. Their specialties: home-grown vegetables and watermelons of many varieties. For a visit, find them at 750 Highway 290 East, just east of Hempstead.
Houston/Katy – Georgia’s Farm to Market
Formerly Sandy’s, the store now is operated by Georgia Bost, who sells natural grass-fed beef there, among many other things, which she raises at her Waller County farm. Specializing in natural foods, the store also hosts an indoor farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. The store is just off of Interstate 10 in west Houston, at 12171 Katy Freeway.
Rosenberg – Pavlock Farms
Open Monday through Saturday from early spring until late November, Pavlock Farms’ store maintains a good variety of fresh produce, some of it grown right out back, some from Hempstead and other area growers and some imported. Also on hand are preserves, spices, eggs and other goods. Pavlock’s is located just northwest of Rosenberg off of State Highway 36, at 210 Huntington Road.
Spring/Klein – Theiss Farms Markets
Long-time farmers, the Theiss family specializes in home-grown tomatoes and sweet corn, among other vegetables, strawberries and other fruit and, in season, live crawfish. Open seven days a week at two locations: 2008 Rayford Road in Spring, and 17045 Stuebner Airline in Klein.