Patrons of the Houston Farmers Market can expect to see something new, as early as later this spring, according to a March 8 news release on behalf of MLB Capital Partners, a Houston-based commercial real estate investment group.

“We’re thrilled to continue diversifying the offerings at The Houston Farmers Market,” said Todd Mason, principal of MLB Capital Partners. “With a dynamic mix of curated local businesses, inspiring activations, and engaging programming, we are cultivating a sense of community our visitors have come to love and appreciate.”

Shop Local Market

After a series of pop-ups at the Farmers Market, it was announced that Shop Local Market will call a permanent 4,000-square-foot space in the Strack building at the Houston Farmers Market home this spring. This space will allow Shop Local Market to "curate a marketplace for more than 30 small-scale, local creatives and entrepreneurs to sell their products and launch their brands," according to the release.

“At Shop Local Market, we encourage, promote and help guide small businesses to take the next step in their creative journey,” Shop Local Market owner Faith Cisneros said. “For the past year, we have seen tremendous success from our pop-up events at The Houston Farmers Market and are thrilled to take the next step in finding a permanent home for our local vendors here.”

Interactive Art Mural

The Houston Farmers Market will feature an interactive mural made by Houston-based visual artist DonkeeBoy. Alex Roman Jr., also known as DonkeeBoy, is known for remixing Pop Art by creating pieces often consisting of double entendres, puns and mashups, according to the release.

“The Houston Farmers Market is such a special place, so there were quite a few things I wanted to make sure were represented in this mural,” he said. “I wanted to showcase some of the awesome produce that’s available at the market, in addition to Houston culture, hence the 'H-Town' hand, as well as a western boot for Texas culture. All the elements come together inside a woven basket. The mural is designed to be interactive, so when someone stands in the center, they’ll look like they’re balancing the basket on their head. This is a way of paying homage to what I grew up seeing in Mexico.”


The announcement also notes MLB Capital Partners recently completed construction on an 1,872-square-foot glasshouse located in the open-air pavilion overlooking the Houston Farmers Market greenspace. This new structure—set for completion in the spring—will be the ideal environment for a coffee shop or wine bar, the release said.


Underbelly Hospitality’s Wild Oats is now serving lunch in addition to brunch and dinner service. Per the press release, Wild Oats is Inspired by the traditions, techniques and ingredients true to Texas cuisine and draws inspiration from the vendors and offerings at the Houston Farmers Market. Wild Oats is open Wednesdays through Fridays from noon to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Viet-Cajun venue Crawfish & Noodles opened its second location in the Farmers Market's Wunderlich building, overlooking the lawn. Crawfish & Noodles is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Construction is also underway for a second location of Henderson & Kane General Store at the Houston Farmers Market outpost. This location is slated to open later this year, according to the release, and will offer a full barbecue menu.


Six indoor pickleball courts are under construction and slated for completion in early May, and construction was recently completed on a new stage, making a permanent venue at the Farmers Market for live music and performances.

The Houston Farmers Market is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Restaurant hours vary.

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