Farmers Market on Grand Parkway in Katy, Texas
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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