Visiting the Eastside Farmer’s Market in Houston

Updated on April 14, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Beautiful Rainbow Carrots at the Eastside Farmer's Market in Houston
Beautiful Rainbow Carrots at the Eastside Farmer's Market in Houston | Source

Eastside Farmer’s Market

This last Saturday, my husband and I visited the Eastside Farmer’s Market in Houston. It is a well-attended Saturday event, so finding a nearby parking spot took us a while. We drove around several blocks looking for an available place and finally found one several blocks away.

My husband and I got there around 10 AM, which is probably one of the busiest of times. The Eastside Farmer’s Market opens at 8 AM and ends at noon. I guess that parking spots would have been easier to find if we had arrived closer to when the market first opened. Of course, that is pure speculation on my part.

Pets are not allowed at Eastside Farmer’s Market.
Pets are not allowed at Eastside Farmer’s Market. | Source

Art Car Spotted!

While waiting to cross the busy street of Richmond, an art car approached and ended up parking right in front of the market.

Talk about luck in finding a parking spot! At least I was able to capture a couple of photos. I get a kick out of seeing art cars, and this one was a beauty. We celebrate art cars in our city and even have an Art Car Museum!

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Art Car at Eastside Farmer’s MarketAnother view of the Art Car at Eastside Farmer’s Market
Art Car at Eastside Farmer’s Market
Art Car at Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source
Another view of the Art Car at Eastside Farmer’s Market
Another view of the Art Car at Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source

Potted Trees and Plants

As we approached, we noticed many people loading different types of trees into their vehicles. Bananas and various kinds of fruit trees seemed to be popular. Many were set aside and roped off until the people purchasing them could return with their vehicles.

As in most other farmer’s markets that we have visited, there were potted tomato plants, pepper plants, and the like. What made one stand a little different was they were also selling bags of compost along with the plants.

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Many potted trees at the Eastside Farmer’s MarketTomato plants & more at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Many potted trees at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Many potted trees at the Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source
Tomato plants & more at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Tomato plants & more at the Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source

What Makes This Farmers Market Unique

Every farmer’s market is a bit different from what we have seen. There were many more freshly prepared food options at this one. Food truck offerings had many people standing and eating what they had just purchased. A few tables were on-site, and those with chairs were limited. We had our plans to eat something while there but changed our mind because of the crowded conditions.

Because of so much food made available at this Eastside Farmer’s Market, leashed dogs are not welcomed. This is posted at the entrance to the market.

Live entertainment added to the background sounds of the many people mingling, talking, and purchasing goods.

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Food trucks at the Eastside Farmer’s MarketLive entertainment at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Food trucks at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Food trucks at the Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source
Live entertainment at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Live entertainment at the Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source

Winery

Moravia Vineyard and Winery from Schulenburg, Texas, had a booth and offered samples of four of their wines. Their grapes are locally sourced and organically grown.

Samples from this winery were at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
Samples from this winery were at the Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source

Artisan Cheeses

Adjacent to the Texas wine tasting booth was a Texas made cheese manufacturer called Lira Rossa. The cheesemaker is from Italy. Fresh milk from a 5th generation jersey cow dairy in Moulton (near the Schulenberg area) goes into the process of making artisan Italian-like cheeses. Cheeses similar to those from the Italian region of Friuli Venezia-Giulia were there to taste.

We brought home a small wedge of originally flavored Caciotta. It had a creamy firm texture and a delicate flavor and lasted about four days in our home. Every evening after dinner, we had a few pieces that had come to room temperature with a glass of wine. Delicious!

The same type of cheese is made with herbs like basil or rosemary. Others contain red pepper, black pepper, or red wine. They also offer other cheeses in addition to Caciotta, such as fresh mozzarella, burrata, and others.

We sampled some excellent cheese at the Eastside Farmer’s Market
We sampled some excellent cheese at the Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source

Fresh Produce and More

Naturally, numerous booths were offering fresh produce. One thing is sure. Produce picked or harvested the same day of purchase; it can’t get any sweeter than that!

Fresh eggs from pasture-raised chickens, grass-fed beef, and different types of coffees are made available at this market.

At one booth was a gentleman selling microgreens. Another booth had beeswax soaps and candles for sale. Each farmer’s market has some of the same people exhibiting what they grow or offer. We saw the Plant it Forward folks represented here as well as in most other farmers markets we have visited. And then there are unique offerings!

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Eastside Farmer’s Market Swiss chard & other leafy greens Sugar snap peas Good looking produce Eastside Farmers Market
Eastside Farmer’s Market
Eastside Farmer’s Market | Source
Swiss chard & other leafy greens
Swiss chard & other leafy greens | Source
Sugar snap peas
Sugar snap peas | Source
Good looking produce
Good looking produce | Source
Eastside Farmers Market
Eastside Farmers Market | Source

Flowers

Had we been going directly home, I would have liked to purchase an orchid plant from this person’s booth. They were all so healthy-looking and beautiful!

At several booths, we saw fresh cut flowers. What made one booth a standout were the bonsai plants. I had never previously spotted a bougainvillea plant made into bonsai fashion. The one featured below was huge! A smaller version had a price tag of $240.

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Spectacular bonsai bougainvilleaBeautiful orchids
Spectacular bonsai bougainvillea
Spectacular bonsai bougainvillea | Source
Beautiful orchids
Beautiful orchids | Source

Rainbow Carrots

I just had to take home several bunches of the rainbow carrots. The different colored carrots are making a comeback according to what I have read. Nutritional values are slightly different in each of the colors. My husband and I ate some of the rainbow-colored carrots raw and some cooked. We found them to be a bit sweeter after being cooked.

I saw one recipe online where the carrots were peeled lengthwise into ribbons and used in a salad. The colors were gorgeous! Roasting them in the oven would also be an easy prep for a beautifully colored vegetable component on a plate.

Rainbow carrots
Rainbow carrots | Source

Location

Locals probably love this market as it is in their neighborhood. For those who must drive a distance to get there, the challenge of finding a parking spot anywhere nearby can be an obstacle. Neighboring Levy Park also complicates the parking situation.

There is not much available shade for shoppers, so keep this in mind.

Location of the Eastside Farmers Market in Houston: 3000 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77098.

Look at our farmers markets today, bursting with heritage breeds and heirloom varieties, foods that were once abundant when we were an agricultural nation, but that we have lost touch with. Bringing all these back helps us connect to our roots, our communities and helps us feed America the proper way.

— Jose Andres

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Peg,

      Going to farmer's markets can be a lot of fun. Wishing you well. Stay safe!

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      Peg Cole 

      4 months ago from Northeast of Dallas, Texas

      Years ago I used to love going to the Farmer's Market. This looks like fun.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      We have not gone since the Covid-19 pandemic to any farmers market. I would speculate that the same thing is happening here as it is in your area. The farmers still have their products to sell.

      For the first time yesterday, our government is recommending that we wear face masks when out in public. (Our president says he does not intend to wear one). Sadly, our medical personnel in many areas still do not have enough masks and protective gowns, etc. They are recommending people make their own masks! I have some on order from Amazon, but they won't be delivered until mid-May or the first of June! We are staying at home these days.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      This market looks amazing. During lockdown, are markets for food still taking place where you are? I heard that the market in our nearest town is still happening, but with very few stalls and chalk marks on the ground to encourage social distancing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I am not sure if the farmer's markets are still open for business like grocery stores. Since they provide food, they might be. We are avoiding going out and have a lovely younger neighbor who offers to pick up items for us when she goes grocery shopping.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is another good farmer's market and it even has music. I have never had rainbow carrots and they look good. There are so many good things about this market but sadly I suppose it is closed with the distancing. It sure looks good.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I imagine that the farmer's markets are still operating, but we are avoiding them. A younger neighbor is picking up things for us at the grocery store when she goes shopping, so we have not even had to do that yet. That is so thoughtful of her!

      I have some face masks on order, but they won't get here until mid-May to early June! Going anywhere is risky these days.

      Wishing you safety also!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I would be there every week.

      Our local market is allowed to stay open as long as they follow certain guidelines. I'm a bit torn on that decision. I understand it, but it is still a big risk during these times.

      Be safe, my friend!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      I agree that it would be fun to go out there and mingle again, but for safety sake, we and most others we know are following the prescribed protocol of staying at home. I planted some okra seeds, but they were old ones. They have yet to show that they are viable. I am hoping that they will pop up and show growth sometime soon.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      This looks like a lot of fun and makes me wish the Coronavirus crisis wasn’t in full swing. I look forward to warmer weather and being able to grow some fruits and vegetables.

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