Having recently traveled to the Methodist Hospital on Fannin for my mother's treatment at least once a week, I found a great Houston offering at Rice University every Tuesday.
If you have never been you should and you will find some great fresh hormone free meats, veggies, teas, organic baby food, special milk products, infused vinegars, local honey, Indian food, fresh eggs (WE NEED THOSE THIS WEEK W/ THE RECALL), fresh flowers, etc!! It's great! You can even do a little wine tasting and pick up a bottle from a local winery! There is also a pet resuce adopt a pet facility that brings all sorts of sweet animals looking for a home!
The weather is great, so stop by...Houston offers a few of these around town as well. In the Houston Family Magazine (get it free at Kroger) they give you details on the one in the Heights too!http://farmersmarket.rice.edu/
Lisa Lightsey has been driving to Houston for the past month with a load of fresh peaches and figs and some assorted farm grown vegetables. As peach season winds down, now is the time to stock up. Peel and slice a box of peaches for freezing or make preserves. You will appreciate your foresight in January.
How to shop the farmer’s market
We have heard from more than one person that shopping at the farmer’s market is overwhelming. Some folks come to the market and buy everything in sight and others come and leave with a glazed expression. So here a few hints to make the most out of your visit:
1. Bring cash or a check and a shopping bag.
2. Start with staples such as milk, eggs, or bread.
3. Get an idea of what is in season. This can be tricky because what should be plentiful at a certain time of year might be late in arriving or downright pitiful due to the whims of nature. And what is highlighted in the grocery store ads might be for a fruit or vegetable that is not grown locally. On the other hand when one crop doesn’t make it there is usually something else to compensate.
4. Ask the farmer how to cook what you are buying. They really do eat what they grow.
5. Fit what you buy with your normal schedule. Better to start small with what you will certainly use up than to throw away what you never got around to cooking.
No cash? No problem! The Farmers Market has tokens that can be purchased with a check and used for purchases with any of the vendors. They do not expire and make a great gift. Best of all there is no transaction fee for you or the farmer as there is with debit or credit cards. Every bit of your local purchase stays local.