Visiting the Eastside Farmers Market Houston
This last Saturday my husband and I visited the Eastside Farmers Market Houston. It is obviously a well attended Saturday event. It took us a while to even find a nearby parking spot! We drove around several blocks looking for an available spot and finally found one several blocks away.
We got there around 10AM which is probably one of the busiest of times. The Eastside Farmers Market opens at 8AM and ends at Noon.
My guess is that parking spots would have been easier to find if arriving closer to when the market first opens. Of course that is pure speculation on my part.
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. In case you missed the article I wrote about our Art Car Museum here in Houston, be sure and click on the link. We celebrate art cars in our city!
As we approached we noticed many people loading different types of trees into their vehicles. Bananas and various types 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 farmers markets that we have visited there were potted tomato plants, pepper plants and the like. What made one stand a little different was they they were also selling bags of compost along with the plants.
Every farmers market is a bit different from what we have seen. There were many more freshly prepared food options at this one. Food trucks along with those coming from booths had many people standing and eating. A few tables were provided and those with chairs were limited. We had actually planned to eat something while there but changed our mind because of the crowded conditions.
Because of so much food made available at this Eastside Farmers Market Houston, leashed dogs are not welcomed. This is posted at the entrance to the market as shown in the photo near the top of this post.
Live entertainment was provided on site. It 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 4 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 cheese maker 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 sampled.
We brought home a small wedge of originally flavored Caciotta. It had a creamy firm texture and a delicate flavor. It lasted about 4 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 also offered with herbs like basil or rosemary. It is also flavored with red pepper, black pepper or red wine. They offer other cheeses in addition to Caciotta such as fresh mozzarella, burrata and others.
Naturally there were numerous booths offering fresh produce. One thing is certain. Produce picked or harvested the same day of purchase…it can’t get any fresher 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 micro greens. Another booth had beeswax soaps and candles for sale. Each farmers 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 been tempted to purchase an orchid plant from this person’s booth. They were all so healthy looking and beautiful!
At several booths were 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 above was huge! A smaller version had a price tag of $240. I did not inquire as to the asking price of the one pictured above. It would not have been inexpensive!
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. The nutritional values are slightly different in each of the colors. You can read much more about carrot colors here.
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. We will be checking out some other farmers markets in the near future. Stay tuned!
Location of the Eastside Farmers Market in Houston: 3000 Richmond Avenue, Houston, Texas 77098.