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Farmers Market on Grand Parkway in Katy, Texas

Updated on March 2, 2021
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I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Salsa ingredients shown at the Grand Parkway farmers market in Katy, Texas
Salsa ingredients shown at the Grand Parkway farmers market in Katy, Texas | Source

Katy, Texas Farmers Market

This farmers market in Katy is every Saturday of the week come rain or shine in a parking lot of the Church of the Holy Apostles. COTHA is an Episcopal church located at 1225 Grand Parkway South, Katy, Texas 77494.

Today was our first visit. We can thank our dog, Skippy. Let me explain. Our dog Skippy gets us up early on most days, so getting to the market which is open from 8 am to noon is no problem. We actually wish he would sleep a little longer as he used to when he was younger.

Today he decided that 5 am was the perfect time to arouse the rest of the household. Our cat is also ready to eat when she hears action in the kitchen. Oh, for the good old days of Skippy’s sleeping longer…but I digress!

A couple of weeks ago, we discovered the Plant It Forward farm on the campus of the University of St. Thomas. We enjoyed what we had purchased and decided to make it a point to visit more of the farmers' markets in and around the Houston metro area to see how they might differ.

Our alarm clock by the name of Skippy
Our alarm clock by the name of Skippy | Source

Booths and Offerings

I did not count, but there are quite a few covered booths set up on that blacktopped surface. It might vary from time to time, but my guess is that there were probably twenty or maybe more there today.

People are offering traditional farmed vegetables and fruits. Several people were selling fresh farm eggs from free-roaming chickens. Grass-fed meats are also available, as is the fresh Gulf of Mexico shrimp. Jars of homemade pickles, as well as chutneys and salsas, are there to be purchased.

Local honey was also offered by several of the people in different booths. They can pinpoint exactly where the honey is harvested. We purchased some Pure Texas Honey @ Katy Wildflower. Katy, Texas is due west from where we live in the western part of Houston, so the honey is definitely local for us.

People were also selling items such as soaps, plants, baked goods, handmade writing pens, balsamic vinegar, bottles of oils, teas, coffee, kettle corn, and more.

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Veggies Farmers Market in Katy Fresh peaches Farmers Market in Katy in church parking lot Good looking fruits & veggies  Homegrown veggies  Breads  Local honey  Handmade pens
Veggies
Veggies | Source
Farmers Market in Katy
Farmers Market in Katy | Source
 Fresh peaches
Fresh peaches | Source
Farmers Market in Katy in church parking lot
Farmers Market in Katy in church parking lot | Source
 Good looking fruits & veggies
Good looking fruits & veggies | Source
 Homegrown veggies
Homegrown veggies | Source
 Breads
Breads | Source
 Local honey
Local honey | Source
 Handmade pens
Handmade pens | Source

A Sampling of Food Items

Many of the people selling their food items let you taste them before purchasing the items. We sampled all of the 3 fresh salsas from PAIN TRAIN GREEN-GO SALSA company and today came home with the green selection. It has sour cream, onions, tomatillos, serrano peppers, lime juice, avocado, salt, cilantro, and garlic powder. Wow! It is delicious! At $8.00 for 16 ounces, we thought that it was well worth the price.

Another thing we sampled was some food from the Quick n ezee Indian food company. (That is their spelling of the name).

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Farmers Market in Katy – Fresh Salsa Stand  Fresh made salsas that we got to sample. Indian food that we sampled and ended up buying.
Farmers Market in Katy – Fresh Salsa Stand
Farmers Market in Katy – Fresh Salsa Stand | Source
 Fresh made salsas that we got to sample.
Fresh made salsas that we got to sample. | Source
 Indian food that we sampled and ended up buying.
Indian food that we sampled and ended up buying. | Source

Our Lunch

We brought home some chicken tikka masala and some tandoori naan bread. I heated the chicken and served it over some rice noodles for our lunch today. It was an exceptional taste treat.

We also munched on some of the tiny little tomatoes we purchased with our lunch. Plants are coming up gratis from our compost pile so that we may have some tomatoes of undetermined origin later this year.

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Farmers Market in Katy produce  Produce & more Canned Pickles & more
Farmers Market in Katy produce
Farmers Market in Katy produce | Source
 Produce & more
Produce & more | Source
Canned Pickles & more
Canned Pickles & more | Source

Dinner Tonight

The eggplants that were purchased will be going into a dish tonight. I used to grow my own Japanese eggplants and had great success growing them in our garden. The trouble is that before our being able to harvest them, squirrels and other wild critters have been collecting them for us…so I have sadly given up the idea of growing my own. I now grow items they do not readily like to eat like my herbs, okra, and peppers.

Our purchases from the Farmers Market in Katy
Our purchases from the Farmers Market in Katy | Source

Why Buy Local?

There are many good reasons why we should patronize our local vendors. Some of them include the following:

  • It helps them earn a living.
  • Leaving a much smaller carbon footprint on our planet is essential.
  • Items are generally harvested the same day, so are much fresher, taste better, and are more nutrient-dense.
  • You can most often sample a product before purchasing it.
  • It is an opportunity to meet who is growing the food you consume.
  • You are helping your local economy.

I am sure that we will be returning to this farmers market in Katy. Perhaps we will see you there?

When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization.

— Daniel Webster

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 

      8 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We are getting most of our groceries these days by ordering ahead of time and picking them up curbside with no contact between the person delivering them and us. It works well. I feel so sorry for all of the small businesses that will probably not survive the pandemic. This has dragged on far too long, and there are still people who do not believe that wearing masks can help deter the spread of this disease, despite the science that proves otherwise. Stay safe!

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      C E Clark 

      8 months ago from North Texas

      Pretty sure I was here not long ago as this is one of the few articles that hasn't been changed to not accept comments, but I don't see my comment anywhere. Hope it came through.

      Anyway, back to say it's good these markets are open since one can get good product and save a little over the grocery store cost. So many people in the food bank lines nowadays!

      Hope that you are doing your best to stay safe from the Corona virus that is raging worse than ever now -- and they say it will get much worse in a couple of weeks as a result of all the travel over

      Thanksgiving.

      I hope the vaccines will prove to be the miracle we need when they finally become available.

      Going to post this on AH & FB again. Hope you are able to enjoy the holiday season and still keep yourself safe. Take care . . .

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dale,

      I wish we had a farmer's market just down the street from us. You are fortunate to have one so closeby. We do have to drive a distance to get to the many farmer's markets in our area, but they are worth it. The prices are not necessarily less expensive here than in the grocery stores, but the produce is so fresh and helps support the local people.

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      Dale Anderson 

      10 months ago from The High Seas

      We shop at the farmer's market just down the street from our house in Arizona and it's wonderful. Cheap food that is very fresh and very good quality. We tell everyone about it.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liza,

      It sounds like your parents grow many tropical fruits. There is nothing better than picking fresh fruit off of a tree and eating it. I remember those days when my parents had fruit trees in their backyard in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

      Our orange tree only has two developing oranges on it this year. When it was full of blooms, we had a hail storm that knocked the blossoms off. I am eagerly awaiting the growth of papayas from our tree this year.

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      Liza 

      13 months ago from USA

      Your garden might be small but, it sounds sumptuous :) I remember, when I was a kid, my father grew papayas behind our house. Every year, when I go back to Malaysia, I never miss eating tropical fruits at my parent's. I miss my hometown a lot! By the way, I am so happy to hear about your papaya tree.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liza,

      Our garden is small, but we do enjoy harvesting fresh herbs, and a few veggies from it each year. I have a huge stalk that came up from the compost pile and it is papaya. We protected it from freezing last winter and it is about 5 feet tall now. I am hoping that it starts producing some papayas.

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      Liza 

      13 months ago from USA

      That's awesome! I wish I can have a garden and growing some of my favorite vegetables that I couldn't find here.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liza,

      Sometimes items sold at farmer's markets in our area are not necessarily less expensive than those found in grocery stores. But, they are certainly fresher, and for the most part, organically grown.

      I also love okra and am growing some in our garden. Your homemade salsa sounds delicious!

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      Liza 

      13 months ago from USA

      I love the farmer's markets. Most of the time, I go there to get fresh fruits and vegetables, plus they are cheaper than the grocery stores. I cannot wait to go this summer to get fresh tomatoes, jalapeno, onion, and cilantro for making homemade salsa! I think I saw okra in the picture, omg I love okra, I had a hard time finding okra that size here. Thanks for sharing your local farmer's market, Peggy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Skippy surely was a cutie, and so very sweet. He crossed over the Rainbow Bridge some time ago. Thanks for your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      This farmer's market is near the Costco we frequent, so we often combine trips to both places.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dora,

      It would be interesting to know if your friends have visited this farmer's market. Thanks for the compliments on Skippy. Our little lad is no longer with us. He was such a cutie.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Our little Skippy did get us up early that day. Some farmer's markets even sell homemade doggie treats. (Smile)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I love to visit farmers market. This one has such a nice variety of goods. The fruits and vegetables look so fresh and Skippy is adorable.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I did not know that the number of farmer's markets diminished last year. Ours here in the Houston area seem to be widely dispursed, so I would be surprised if any of the numbers here went down.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      Skippy is delightful.i would definitely buy eggs from free roaming chickens and some of those gorgeous good looking vegetables.

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      What a wonderful selection of produce. This market sounds like a real find.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      To begin with, Skippy is adorable. I've got to inquire from some of my friends in that area if they know about this farmers' market in Katy. It seems like a place I would like to be. Thanks for sharing.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a great farmer's market. I love going to the farmer's market and this one looks better than our. They seem to have a little bit of everything. The selection of fresh fruit and vegetables looks great. Thank Skippy for such a wonderful supper, Peggy.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Last summer marked the first time in twenty years that the number of farmers markets dropped in the U.S. Over-saturation was blamed. The sales figure rose, but the # of markets dropped. It was bound to happen. It seems every little town in America tried to have one.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      I just thinned my okra plants yesterday that are coming up from seeds planted in my garden. My couple of tomato plants and pepper plants are looking good. What is exciting is that I have what I am sure is a papaya plant that survived the winter (by us covering it on occasion against frosts and freezes) that came from our compost pile. It is now about 4 feet tall. I hope to harvest some papayas from it this year. Growing our food is fun and a healthy way to live.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      I come from a farming family and have been to many farmer's markets over the years. It is so important to support our farmer's plus the food tastes so much better than anything you could buy in a supermarket. I love the idea of growing my own vegetables, there is something so satisfying about putting your own food on the table and knowing where it came from. Another enjoyable read and a lovely article Peggy.

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