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by Monica Deru
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Rain or shine, Houston’s farmers markets offer more than a place to buy great local products. The market is a place to meet, enjoy the fine outdoors, listen to music, and grab a made-to-order bite to eat. Chat with the farmers and artisans to learn more about their products and stock up for holiday cooking and gifting!

Urban Harvest Saturday Farmers Market
By far the city’s largest and busiest, this popular Saturday (8 a.m.- 12 p.m.) hasmoved to a much bigger location at St. John’s school. Now there is plenty of parking and grazing choices. Shop for Bee Wide’s local honey, Hatterman Poultry Farm’s eggs, Gundermann Acres, Plant it Forward, Laughing Frog Farm, Pat Greer’s Kitchen, Brazos Valley Cheese, Artisana Breads, Moravia Winery’s vino rosso, fun “earthy” tee shirts and more.
2752 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, 77098,

Rice Village Farmers Market
The Rice Village Farmers Market pops up at the shopping district on the first and third Sundays of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a lengthy list of local favorites for shopping and dining. Power up with something green and healthy from Juice Girl while shopping produce from Plant It Forward or Vertical Herban Greens, or pick up kitchen staples like Old Country olive oil and specialty coffees from District Roasters.
Kelvin Dr. & Amherst St., Houston, 77005,

Memorial Villages Farmers Market
It’s always a family affair at the (pet-friendly and busy) Memorial Villages Farmers Market, where on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can enjoy live music and cooking demos while shopping small at vendors like Johnson’s Backyard Garden, Plant It Forward, Rise and Shine Farms, and Cakes in a Barrel. 10840 Beinhorn Rd., Houston, 77024,

The Houston Farmers Market
This sprawling open-air market has been around for decades and is undergoing a complete revamp in order to plan a diverse variety of products and more vendors: chef Chris Shepherd’s Underbelly Burger opens in December! Expect plenty of local goodies to forage — local fruits and vegetables from Vasquez Produce, to nuts and spices from Flores Spice & Trading Company and fiery dry peppers and herbs from De Mi Tierra Chilies. Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
2520 Airline Dr., Houston, 77009,

The Woodlands Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Woodlands Farmers Market features local vendors showcasing garden fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan goods, health products and prepared foods within the Grogan Mill Center. Find goodies from Breezy Hill Sustainable Farms, Whitman Farm and Tejas Heritage Farm, among others. As far as on-site snacking is concerned, the market hosts one food truck every week.
7 Switchbud Place, The Woodlands, TX 77380,

Westchase District Farmers Market
For when weekends are all booked up, there is the Westchase District Farmers Market, on tap every Thursday afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Find jarred sauces and condiments, plus a selection of seasonal produce from PEAS Farm in Conroe, Pure Texas Honey, and meats from KaTerra Exotics.
10503 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77042,