Pearland and Friendswood each hold farmers markets where the public can find a variety of fresh food products and beverages.
Owner Carrie Mitchel launched the Pearland Old Townsite Farmers Market in 2009 to help revitalize the area.
“With all the growth happening in Pearland, especially on the [west] end of town, the Old Townsite area has almost been forgotten,” Mitchel said.
The market hosts anywhere from 10-25 vendors depending on season and weather, Mitchel said. She requires products sold at the market be made within 150 miles of Pearland.
Attendees can find locally sourced honey, artisan breads, organic and grassfed meats, jams, jellies, and desserts in addition to vegetables, Mitchel said.
The Friendswood Farmer’s Market began in October 2014 and gained instant popularity, board member Jim Foreman said. Today, the market has nearly 8,000 followers on Facebook.
Supporters first proposed the idea of a farmers market to Friendswood City Council in 2013.
“Once we got started, it just sort of blew up,” he said. “It was obviously something that the community really wanted. They’re incredibly supportive, and now we have a huge following.”
The market features more than 30 vendors, and products include produce, baked goods, coffee, cheese, spices and bread.
The Friendswood Farmer’s Market added food trucks to its event late last year as well.