Neighbors in Pearland and the surrounding area began discussing the dream of building a market to buy and sell locally produced goods during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. After a year of planning, Brookside Village Farmer’s Market was born in October 2021.

The overview

The market features 25 local vendors from Brazoria County and the Houston area offering homegrown or homemade goods. On the second Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., roughly 300 visitors shop fresh produce, meat, eggs, dairy, and herbs and flowers, Market Director Lindsay Gonzalez said.

Local vendors include Roo the Day Coffee, Eden Acre Farms and 5th Ave BBQ Co.

The market booths are an easy way for new entrepreneurs to launch their businesses, Gonzalez said, and many of the vendors are first-time business owners. Through the market’s board of directors, the vendors have access to social media and marketing guidance to reach new customers.

In their own words

“In our very first market, I think [for] five or six of those vendors, this was their first time ever doing a market and their first time trying out their business, and many of them have been with us for years,” Gonzalez said.

The market also has a space called Gardener’s Corner, where farmers and artisans can sell surplus goods without investing in a full booth and can use the market’s insurance plan so they don’t have to pay for their own insurance.

One more thing

In celebration of its second anniversary, Brookside Village Farmer’s Market will host a Fall Festival on Oct. 8. Festival guests can buy pumpkins and enjoy activities such as face painting, live music, and an interactive nature table and games. Free popcorn provided by Informed Brookside Village Citizens will be available.