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Enormous Farmer’s Market in Sugar Land, Texas

Updated on March 24, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Sugar Land Farmer's Market
Sugar Land Farmer's Market | Source

Vegetables, Entertainment, and So Much More!

My husband and I truly enjoyed our first visit ever to the Farmer’s Market at Imperial in Sugar Land last Saturday.

The iconic towers of the Imperial Sugar Company are the backdrop for this farmer’s market that is held every Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM year-round rain or shine.

Location of this farmer’s market: 234 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, Texas 77478.

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Farmers Market at Imperial Sugar Land - the parking lotFarmer’s Market at Imperial - looking towards parking area Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land food truck Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar LandFarmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land - permanent covered structure Pinatas sold here Entertainment on the day of our visit
Farmers Market at Imperial Sugar Land - the parking lot
Farmers Market at Imperial Sugar Land - the parking lot | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial - looking towards parking area
Farmer’s Market at Imperial - looking towards parking area | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land food truck
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land food truck | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land - permanent covered structure
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land - permanent covered structure | Source
Pinatas sold here
Pinatas sold here | Source
Entertainment on the day of our visit
Entertainment on the day of our visit | Source

Sugar Land, Texas

For those who might not know, Sugar Land, Texas derives its name from the sugar plantations and sugar refining industry that used to be headquartered there.

Imperial Sugar Company ceased to exist as a refinery and also as a distribution center in 2003 in that location. The name Sugar Land, however, will forever be associated with that portion of the Houston Metropolitan Area because of the once prominent sugar industry in that area.

Sugar Land is a rapidly expanding area luring affluent and well-educated folks to its environs. Most of the people living there derive their incomes from white-collar jobs. Many of the subdivisions are master-planned communities with many amenities offered to the residents who live there.

It is a rapidly expanding area of population, and this includes businesses that are increasingly headquartered there. It is a far cry from the early days when it was pretty much operated as a company-owned town!

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Squash blossoms for sale at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land…well behaved dogs on leashes welcomed there. Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land…one of several dog treat offerings we noted. Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Jewelry at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Goat’s Milk Soap at Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Squash blossoms for sale at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Squash blossoms for sale at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land…well behaved dogs on leashes welcomed there.
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land…well behaved dogs on leashes welcomed there. | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land…one of several dog treat offerings we noted.
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land…one of several dog treat offerings we noted. | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Jewelry at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Jewelry at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Goat’s Milk Soap at Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Goat’s Milk Soap at Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source

Vendor Booths

While there were some individual tented booths set up on the parking lot area, many of the vendors were situated under a large canopied permanent structure. This offered shade to not only them but also shoppers at this farmer’s market. The shaded structure is much appreciated, particularly in the hot and sultry Houston summer months.

Well behaved dogs on leashes are welcomed, and we saw quite a few pooches accompanying their owners as they shopped. Fortunately for the animals, several businesses were catering just to them and offering free samples of their homemade organic dog treats.

This is a much larger farmer’s market than the one in Katy that we visited last week. Many more vendors are at this farmer’s market in Sugar Land. They offer everything from homemade goat milk soaps to art to homemade loaves of bread, pastries, jewelry, and more.

One can always find vendors selling organic and local honey, which is nice. We still had some from our purchase last week, but it is good to know that there will always be local sources at these farmer’s markets.

Potted plants are sold at this farmer’s market for those people who wish to get a good start on growing their own tomatoes, peppers, and more.

Of course, there are the vegetables…a wide assortment of them, in fact! The Plant it Forward folks had a booth here as well as at the Katy farmer’s market on Grand Parkway. We saw the first one on the University of St. Thomas campus several weeks ago and learned about them at that time. It feels good to be supporting them by buying items from them! Our purchases included bagged spinach, okra, and cucumbers.

Meeting and Talking to Vendors

We purchased some Texas Pepper Jelly after sampling it as well as other jelly concoctions from one friendly fellow at the Kristi’s Kitchen booth and some Habanero Dill Pickles from another gentleman representing the Texas Pickle Company.

We were given a sheet recommending various uses of the Texas Pepper Jelly. We are looking forward to using it as a glaze on fish and other proteins. It is zesty and flavorful and will add an extra flavor boost to different foods.

That is one beautiful thing about shopping at most farmer’s markets. Getting to taste some of the food items before you buy is often the norm.

One vendor had brisket sizzling away on a grill, and another vendor had homemade ices. Various types of coffees were represented as well as an assortment of Indian food in containers ready to go.

There were a couple of food trucks outdoors as well as entertainment that probably varies from week to week. It is truly a family-friendly place!

The friendly couple at the Morning Mist Harvest, we found out, have their gardens in our area of town. We are practically neighbors! It was their first time at this farmer’s market. What drew my attention was their offering of long beans. Long beans are truly well named as they are indeed long!

We enjoyed talking to Vicky and her husband. Besides the long beans, we purchased some flavorful, almost licorice-like tasting Thai basil and a loofah. I had grown loofah years ago when we lived in Wisconsin and only knew it as a sponge. We learned that when loofah is picked young, it is eaten as a vegetable, much like zucchini. Vicky said that it is a bit softer in consistency than zucchini.

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Salsas being sampled at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Texas Pickle Company table at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Kristi’s Kitchen booth at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Texas Pepper Jelly at Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Morning Mist Harvest table at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land Long beans from Morning Mist Harvest at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar LandFarmer’s Market at Imperial…one of the many offerings What we purchased at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land on our first visit.Another view of some of our purchases
Salsas being sampled at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Salsas being sampled at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Texas Pickle Company table at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Texas Pickle Company table at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Kristi’s Kitchen booth at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Kristi’s Kitchen booth at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Texas Pepper Jelly at Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Texas Pepper Jelly at Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Morning Mist Harvest table at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Morning Mist Harvest table at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Long beans from Morning Mist Harvest at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land
Long beans from Morning Mist Harvest at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land | Source
Farmer’s Market at Imperial…one of the many offerings
Farmer’s Market at Imperial…one of the many offerings | Source
What we purchased at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land on our first visit.
What we purchased at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial Sugar Land on our first visit. | Source
Another view of some of our purchases
Another view of some of our purchases | Source

Family and Pet-Friendly Place!

Most every one of the vendors was engaging and friendly to the patrons. Many of the people shopping there seemed to know one another from previous visits. Some of the dogs also appeared happy to greet other dogs they seemed to know.

Our purchases this week included the following: Habanero Dill Pickles, four eggplants, table onions, garden fresh cucumbers, okra, Thai basil, a bag of fresh spinach, a loofah vegetable, long beans, and the Texas Pepper Jelly.

All in all, I would give this farmer’s market a definite thumbs up!

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.

— Bill Bryson

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 

      5 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      Thanks for the virtual visit. You could showcase some in your area for us to see?

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      5 days ago from Chicago

      I love a good farmer's market. Although Houston is too far away for us, I nonetheless enjoyed your fine report.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      Now you know that this was written a while back, so do not fear. We are taking all precautions necessary to avoid contracting the coronavirus, hopefully. Thanks for your concern.

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 days ago from UK

      I am pleased that you are staying safe, Peggy. I was a little confused and concerned because the article said that you were at the market last Saturday.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      That is good that they are practicing social distancing at your farmer's market. To answer your question, we have not been food shopping since this coronavirus pandemic started rearing its ugly head in our area. We did some significant stocking up ahead of time, and a younger neighbor has been getting us items from a grocery store a couple of times.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lorna,

      You must have some fond memories of your grandparents working a stall in a local farmer's market. I am so happy to know that you liked seeing this.

    • Eurofile profile image

      Liz Westwood 

      5 days ago from UK

      This sounds great. We have a regular market in a local town. I heard that today there were very few stalls for food only with chalk marks on the ground to space people out. Did you notice any signs of changes due to coronavirus at the farmers' market?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      You are correct when you wrote that this farmer's market is a visual treat. You would enjoy it even more in person!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paula,

      I agree with you 100% for all the reasons you mentioned. Thanks for your comment.

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      6 days ago

      You have brought this market to life Peggy with your wonderful descriptions. I could spend hours here and it brought back memories of my Grandparents who were farmers and had a stall at our local farmer's market. I love the quote by Bill Bryson - so true. Great article.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      This farmer's market is a visual treat. A well written enjoyable article. Thanks for this virtual tour.

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      Paula 

      6 days ago from UpstateWestern,New York

      Peg....I truly enjoy visiting the Farmer's Markets in my local areas every year. It'd great to be out in the fresh air, seeing lots of people & shopping for local produce & supporting our own communities.

      Thanks for the wonderful article. Paula

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      A quarter does not go as far as it used to! Ha!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      We are going to several different farmer's markets around our metro area to see how they compare. Good things are discovered in each of them.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nyesha,

      Happy to be able to share this information with you!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathy,

      If your family and friends who live here like going to farmers' markets, they are certain to really like this one! Thanks for sharing this information with them.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I love to shop at a Farmers Market. I miss that here in my small town. I used to spend winters in Fl. in Leesburg. They had wonderful Farmers Markets. You could buy a small hand basket of juicy tomatoes for a quarter. Thanks again for sharing.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I just knew that you would like the appearance of this farmers market. Yes, we need to support our local farmers.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      Yes, getting to see people's pets and enjoying entertainment adds to the ambiance of visiting this particular farmer's market. It is one of the larger ones in the Houston metro area.

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      manatita44 

      7 days ago from london

      Lovely! I believe you mentioned it in another Hub. I always like Farmer's Market for the sweetness of people going there and the good and fresh food. The last video showed some nice people and fresh produce.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      7 days ago from USA

      Hi Ms. Peggy,

      This farmer's market looks like such a pleasant place to walk around and shop. Thanks for sharing the photos and detailed information about it. Take care.

      - Nyesha

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      Yes, there is much to entice the opening of a wallet at this Sugar Land farmers market.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Umesh,

      So happy to know that you enjoyed this presentation of the Sugar Land farmers market.

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      Kathy Henderson 

      7 days ago from Pa

      Peggy -

      There is nothing better than a bountiful farmers' market. I love seeing your hubs on spots in Texas. I am excited to share with my family and friends living there.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Yes, this farmers market is also dog-friendly. I think once a farmer, always a farmer...at least in spirit and heart.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      We love farmers markets. I would definitely go visit that one if I was there. Gotta support local farmers!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bushra,

      Perhaps when it quits raining you will be able to get some fresh veggies. Stay safe! I am sure you must be dealing with the pandemic in your area also.

    • bdegiulio profile image

      Bill De Giulio 

      7 days ago from Massachusetts

      This looks like a really nice Farmer's Market. It's great that they allow dog's and I like that they have live music. We have a small farmer's market here one day a week, but nothing like this one in Sugar Land. Farmer's Markets are a great way to support the local community and bring home some fresh veggies.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      I really like this farmer's market. A maket that has fresh fruits and vegetables, plus canned salsas or jellly I will probably spend some money. This is another interesting article about Sugarland, Peggye.

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      Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

      7 days ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

      Exhaustive and informative presentation. Well conceived.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      7 days ago from USA

      I love that farmer quote. My dad grew up on a farm and although he left, it never left him. All of the photos and your descriptions made me want to shop at our local farmers market again. It’s good the dogs are having fun as well!

    • Bushra Iqbal profile image

      Aishatu Ali 

      7 days ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Your article made me wish more than ever I could go to the market and get some fresh veggies and fruit. But it's raining - again. Sigh.

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