Find a variety of farm-fresh produce and unique produce every Thursday at the Westchase District Farmer’s Market.

The Westchase District Farmers’ Market offers local crops, meat, eggs and honey, as well as handmade breads, baked goods, unique crafts and more every Thursday from almost nine years.

The market started in October 2018 with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but the district now runs it.

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Market manager John Carey urged area residents and workers to attend the weekly market from 3 p.m. at dark at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church at 10503 Westheimer in Houston.

“We’ve had a few years of ups and downs with the pandemic,” Carey said. “So the only message I would like to pass on to you is that the market is here every Thursday, rain or shine, hot or cold.”

A pandemic came as people needed fresh produce but didn’t want to shop at covered stores due to the spread of COVID-19. Some have chosen the open-air market, which Carey says has created a “renaissance.” Many market customers visit homes, apartment complexes and businesses in the Westchase area.

Carey said a farmers market is a great amenity for a community because its produce is fresh and comes from local farms. Many market vendors depend on their weekly sales for their livelihood and sell in multiple markets each week. Buying locally at the market supports their microenterprises.

Joyce Garza starts baking her vegan treats for her business, Joyce cookie, around 7 a.m. on the day of each market. It’s a family effort. Her husband, David, helps with packing, labeling and other chores like washing up. Garza also stocks baked goods that she makes at the Filipino bakery where she works part-time.

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When Garza became a vegan, she started collecting many plant-based recipes. Although she’s technically not vegan now, she still enjoys cooking that way because she says it’s more sustainable for the environment — she even uses biodegradable and compostable packaging. She also finds it therapeutic and makes her happy.

“It’s so rewarding to have something come out of the oven. It smells so good. It gives the house a really nice scent and it’s inviting,” Garza explained. “I love sharing pastries because I think food is my love language.”

PEAS Farm offers produce from a family farm in Conroe. The farm has been selling at the market since it opened. Ashley Barker is part of the family and works on the farm. She said buying local vegetables makes them much fresher than store bought ones. In addition, PEAS does not use any pesticides or herbicides.

“We pick fresh produce for the market every week, and you’re supporting a small local farm against big name giants,” Barker said. Some vegetables like yellow squash and zucchini are picked and brought to market the next day.

Mark Mayers started Environmentally friendly designs 12 years ago to put his artistic talents at the service of recycled materials. He creates unique homemade jewelry with materials like stones, beads and paracord. He said he values ​​using sustainable components that don’t harm the environment.

“I love being able to create beautiful things that people can wear and cherish and pass on to their children and grandchildren,” Mayers said.

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Zo-Zo Fresh owner Anastasia Taggart sets up her stand at 15 Greater Houston Area Farmers’ Markets each week, selling a variety of cold-pressed juices. She got into juicing to help heal her own body after catching a parasite on a trip to Cambodia. The specially made juices are packed with fresh enzymes and nutrients that bypass digestion and provide healing benefits, Taggart explained.

She said Westchase Market is ideal for vendors because its customers are kind and easy-going and the management is supportive.

“They take care of the vendors. They always have the sellers in mind, as opposed to their own pocket, which a lot of sellers do too,” Taggart said. “But this market is very community driven. I like this. Yeah, just a very supportive team behind this market.

To learn more, visit www.westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com.

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