Westchase District Farmers Market Offers Farm-Fresh Options

Shiner Pork and Beef is produced at Patricia Tieken’s 97 acre farm in Shiner, Texas.

Shiner Pork and Beef is produced at Patricia Tieken’s 97 acre farm in Shiner, Texas.

Since 2013, the Westchase District Farmers Market has offered farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat and honey to consumers in west Houston who want a more personalized shopping experience.

“Our customers appreciate being able to buy products directly from the farmers or producers,” said John Carey, market manager. “It’s great to meet the farmer who fed the chicken who laid the egg that you’ll eat for breakfast in the morning.”

Atkinson Farms, based in Spring, Texas, brings more than 45 varieties of fruits and vegetables to the market throughout the year. “We have six varieties of tomatoes alone,” said fourth-generation farmer Mike Atkinson. “We change them out depending on how much sun the plants will receive, creating a year-round growing season.”

PEAS Farm uses organic growing methods to produce the vegetables and eggs they bring to the market each week. At the family farm in Conroe, Elvis d’Agrella uses organic chicken litter as the growing medium, and nothing is added to the crops except for irrigation water when Mother Nature does not produce enough rain. Produce is harvested on Wednesdays and chilled overnight in a large, walk-in cooler, so it remains fresh for the Thursday market.

“Everybody loves a Saturday farmers market,” noted Carey. “But farmers harvest their crops seven days a week. Our market offers fresh, mid-week produce for the family chef, plus prepared foods for busy families.” Nisha’s Quick N Ezee Indian Food offers chicken masala, samosas and other Indian specialties at the market, while Diamond B Farms brings five kinds of tamales, chicken pot pie, King Ranch chicken and other heat-and-serve meals for anyone looking for a quick solution to Thursday night dinner.

The Westchase District Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 3 pm until dark at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, located at 10503 Westheimer Road. Approximately 25 vendors participate each week, with offerings that include homemade breads and desserts, jerky, salad dressings, jams and jellies, olive oil, honey, salsa, barbecue sauce, cheese, bison, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, natural insect repellants and sweet-smelling lavender products.

Visit westchasedistrictfarmersmarket.com for a complete list of vendors.