By Kelly Howard

For those looking to get their goods directly from the producer, there are a growing number of farmers markets popping up across Houston. From fresh produce to prepared foods there is something for everyone’s taste.

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

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Houston Farmers Markets

There are dozens of artisan and farmers markets in Houston and the surrounding area where you can find everything from fresh fruits and veggies to handmade soaps and art. Those former “paved paradises” turned into parking lots now play host to local veggies and honey, Gulf shrimp and vegan treats, breakfast tacos and gluten-free naan. It’s a reassertion of the natural world on these macadam urban and suburban zones.

In the fall and spring, Bayou City Outdoors leads bike tours of three to five markets on an eight to 12-mile ride.  Eat fresh and shop local! Support our local farmers and artisans by visiting any (or all!) of our favorite Houston farmers market locations below:

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Farmers Market, operate seasonally, so double-check hours before embarking on your foodie adventure. Others, like Canino Produce, are open year-round, seven days a week. 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. For example:

Daily:

Canino Produce Co. - open from 6am to 8pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, December 25 & December 26, address: 2520 Airline Dr : Houston, TX 77009
Urban Harvest Farmers Market, opnes 8 am to noon rain or shine, at St. John's School, 2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, Texas 77098

Tuesday:

Rice University Farmers Market– Open every Tuesday afternoon, rain or shine! 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm, 5600 Greenbriar Drive Houston 77005

Wednesday:

Central City Co-Op  - Open: Wednesdays 9 am - 6:30 pm, at 2515 Waugh Dr. (at Missouri St.)inside Kindred Church, Houston, TX 77006

Thursday:

Kingwood Farmers Market- Town Center Park, 3 to 7 p.m.

Saturday:

Eleanora’s Market - 8-12 at 2120 Ella Blvd., Houston, Texas, TX 77008
The Woodland’s Farmers Market at Grogan’s Mill open Saturdays from 8 am - 12 pm, 7 Switchbud, Pl, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Blue Field Market open Every Saturday Night | Rain or Shine, 6pm to 10pm, at 2619 Polk Street, Houston, TX 77003
Farmers Market at Clear Lake Shores, 1020 Marina Bay, 9 a.m. to 1 pm

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CSA

Eat ultra-fresh food, with all the flavor and vitamin benefits.

Want to have fresh, local produce available in your kitchen every week? Get to know the CSAs available in the greater Houston area.

For over 25 years, Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer, basically a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public. Typically the share consists of a box of vegetables, but other farm products may be included. Interested consumers purchase a share (aka a "membership" or a "subscription") and in return receive a box (bag, basket) of seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season. Shares typically delivered on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to a set location. Often, farmers will also provide the option to purchase eggs, cheese, meat and prepared meals.

Several CSA options are available in Houston and the surrounding areas. Each varies in terms of price, commitment level and pick-up locations but all dedicated to providing the community with sustainably grown seasonal goods.

By buying organic produce from your local farmer, you are working to maintain a healthy environment, a vibrant community, and a strong and sustainable local economy for you and your kids to thrive in.