Visiting the Eastside Farmer’s Market in Houston
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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