Did you know that we have a Katy Farmer’s Market ? It’s been around for a few years, previously housed in La Centerra. It has recently moved to the parking lot of Church of the Holy Apostles off of 99 and Highland Knolls. I went this past weekend to check things out.
Now…I have to be honest. The last time I went to the Farmers Market was in 2012. It was in the La Centerra green area, and I just was not impressed. There wasn’t really much in the way of food. A lot of soap, and stuff like that. So, going into this market, I didn’t really know what to expect. My expectations were not very high.
It was really easy to spot from the street and there was lots of parking available. There were lots of shoppers there, and a good amount of booths (maybe 15?). The first thing I noticed was how much food I saw. There was a nice supply of vegetables and some fruits available. I also saw some salsa that looked delicious. That’s the biggest and most important difference in this Farmers Market: food.
I did a loop around the entire market, then headed to the peach stand to get my Fredricksburg Peaches. Life is just better with those in my kitchen. Then I headed to some of the vegetable stands. I bought most of my vegetables from Fallow Creek Farm. They had an amazing selection of fresh, chemical-free, non-GMO veggies. I bought some giant squash, and will probably go next week to buy some tomatoes. Their prices were great, and the owners were nice and answered any questions I had.
*Here’s another perk of a farmers market: getting to meet the farmers. All of the vendors I talked with were very knowledgeable about their goods and how I could use them. I bought my vegetables from Fallow Creek, but I would have bought from any of the farmer’s there. Everyone was really nice.
*Another thing you need to understand about a farmers market: If you are looking for the cheapest prices in general, you likely will get those at Wal-Mart. But, if you are looking for the cheapest prices on farm fresh, good quality produce, you will most likely get that at a farmer’s market. Most of the veggies and fruits there were chemical-free, which you would pay more for in a grocery store. Their quality, however, was above and beyond anything I would see at the grocery store. And I’m an HEB addict. That’s just my opinion.
Next, I visited Charlene’s Cottage Garden. She was selling homemade pies, y’all. PIES. And they were delicious (be sure to stop by and get a sample!). She also had assorted baked goods, and some yummy granola. I bought some granola for my daughter, who is addicted to yogurt and “nolas.” Charlene also sells some veggies. For those interested, she will be selling purple hull peas from her garden in the future. My husband loves those things, so I’ll be on the lookout!
One thing I was really looking for was meat. I’m trying to transition us to grass-fed beef, but y’all. That’s expensive. I’m happy to report that there were several options for meat that I found. One was a Bison vendor, and I didn’t get their name! But the bison is pasture raised and hormone free. The second was Hibiscus Hill Plantation. By the time I got there, they had sold out of ground beef, but had tons of different cuts of meat and whole chickens. They sell Georgia’s GrassFed Beef, vegetables, and some plants (aloe and hibiscus, that particular day) grown right on the farm. I bought a whole chicken and a chuck roast for about $25. For grass-fed, organic meat, that is a great deal! I made the roast last night and it gave us enough for about 6 adult-sized servings. It was also delicious. Next week, I want to buy some bison.
There were quite a few other vendors there, but I was afraid I would spend all of my money! They had honey, baked goods, salsas, olive oils…there was just an abundance compared to what this Farmers Market used to have. So, if you have some time on a Saturday, stop by and check it out. They are there rain or shine, starting at 8 am.
A few notes:
*Bring a big bag to carry your goods. Most of the vendors have small bags, but having a bigger bag will make things easier.
*It’s not really toddler-friendly. I brought my daughter and was so thankful that my husband was there, too. She was bored. Older kids might find it interesting, but there’s not a lot of shade, so I can see some whining happening if you are there on a sunny day.
Have you been to this Farmers Market? Did you like it? Did you not like it? Share your thoughts!