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Houston’s Newest Farmers Market Opens With a Bang

Andria
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  • Kids at Rice Village Farmers Market

    India, 4, and Dalia Persia, 2, joined their mom Olivia in a walk from West U to the new Rice Village Farmers Market.

  • Sustainable Harvesters

    Lisa Braud beautifully displayed lettuce grown by her husband at Sustainable Harvesters in Hockley.

  • Lauren and Chris Harvey

    Lauren and Chris Harvey decide which homemade bread to buy from Bread Man Bakery.

  • The Chaney Machine

    The Chaney Machine kept the music playing at the Rice Village Farmers Market, which felt like an outdoor party.

  • The Harvey family

    The Harvey family, Lauren, June, Ruth and Chris (and Hank in back!) came from Briargrove to check out the new Rice Village Farmers Market.

  • Citizens Truck coffee

    Citizens Truck coffee was all decked out for the holidays with garlands and wreaths. 

  • Artmix Studio

    Artmix Studio was on hand with art kits to keep kids busy.

  • Kids at Rice Village Farmers Market
  • Sustainable Harvesters
  • Lauren and Chris Harvey
  • The Chaney Machine
  • The Harvey family
  • Citizens Truck coffee
  • Artmix Studio

The Rice Village Farmers Market opened its doors to an enthusiastic crowd on Sunday, December 6. Blue skies and cool air were the perfect backdrop to welcome hundreds of neighbors to Houston’s newest farmers market.

Casey Barbles

Nutritionist and blogger Casey Barbles organized the new Rice Village Farmers Market.

Casey Barbles, owner of The Informal Grub and Heights Mercantile Farmers Market, is the mastermind behind the new locale, which will be open on Kelvin and Times Blvd. every first and third Sunday of the month, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. “Farmers markets have been a saving grace for small businesses during the pandemic,” Casey says. “They are essential, because they are classified as open-air grocery stores, where you can get salad, meats, eggs.”

Casey says that about 60 percent of the vendors will be familiar to anyone frequenting the Heights Mercantile Farmers Market, which is held on second and fourth Sundays. “By January, we will have 55 vendors,” she says about the Rice Village market.

Vendors offered locally grown, organic foods and other handmade items. A few favorites: homemade, jarred margarita mix (some spiced up with serrano peppers); bottled floral cocktail starters; art projects to keep little ones busy; and coffee ready to sip or take home. From the top of a van that looked eerily reminiscent of the van from the ‘70s cartoon Scooby Doo, The Chaney Machine played music that made the whole thing feel like a big party.

Rice Village Farmers Market

Some 55 vendors will be selling local, organic produce, meats, eggs and prepared foods at the Rice Village Farmers Market.

Shopping local and supporting Houston’s small businesses was never so much fun!

Rice Village Farmers Market
First and Third Sundays
Kelvin and Times
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Editor's note: Although the Rice Village Farmers Market is held outdoors, be sure to wear a mask when visiting.

Kids at Rice Village Farmers Market

India, 4, and Dalia Persia, 2, joined their mom Olivia in a walk from West U to the new Rice Village Farmers Market.

Sustainable Harvesters

Lisa Braud beautifully displayed lettuce grown by her husband at Sustainable Harvesters in Hockley.

Lauren and Chris Harvey

Lauren and Chris Harvey decide which homemade bread to buy from Bread Man Bakery.

The Chaney Machine

The Chaney Machine kept the music playing at the Rice Village Farmers Market, which felt like an outdoor party.

The Harvey family

The Harvey family, Lauren, June, Ruth and Chris (and Hank in back!) came from Briargrove to check out the new Rice Village Farmers Market.

Citizens Truck coffee

Citizens Truck coffee was all decked out for the holidays with garlands and wreaths. 

Artmix Studio

Artmix Studio was on hand with art kits to keep kids busy.

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