The company was approved to begin hosting its Saturday market at 5855 Sienna Springs Way near the Fort Bend County Library Sienna Branch. Missouri City Council approved the move April 1. Vendors offer fruits, vegetables, eggs, grass-fed beef, chicken and artisan food.
It previously operated Farmers Market by the Lake at 2700 Lake Olympia Parkway Business Center, but under the city’s special event provision, was only able to run the market every two weeks under the current policy, said Otis Spriggs, director of Missouri City’s development services.
Spriggs and the market appealed to City Council to be able to host the farmers market every Saturday through November.
“This location would not cause the traffic hiccups brought up last time,” Spriggs said. “We are meeting with the applicants to look at this in a more zoning way to come up with a more permanent solution, but for right now, this would make it a seasonal approach.”
In addition, the market was approved to add signage, including directional signage at Hwy. 6 and Sienna Parkway and at Sienna Crossing Drive as well as Trammel Fresno Road to lead into the site.
Jill Argento, owner of Farmers Market Partners, told the council that Farmers Market Partners was in contact with Sienna Plantation’s homeowners association about moving into the area.
“We started our farmers market a year ago, and we have fast outgrown the space we had on Lake Olympia, which is why we wanted to move to the new site,” she said. “Residents in Lake Olympia and Quail Valley are so supportive of the market. We had enormous success, which enabled us to open a second location in Sugar Land, and we are thrilled with what we have been able to do.”
Farmers Market Partners opened the Sugar Land location Nov. 18 at Mercer Stadium at 16403 Lexington Blvd. that operates Sundays from 1-5 p.m. during football season and then on Saturdays. A new vendor, Cousins Maine Lobster, will be there starting April 7.
Argento went on to say that the market supports a lot of local farmers, who are using the market as a platform for launching their own businesses. As a result, some 10 jobs were created, she said.