A community rich with agricultural history, Spring and Klein feature several farmers markets for consumers in need of fresh produce.
Tommy Neal, owner of Neal's Berry Farm & Farmer's Market, said his market offers a variety of produce, most of it grown on-site, while the shop offers other local products, like jams, jellies, honey and candles.
Neal said farmers markets are as significant as they have ever been. He even sells his products at other farmers markets in the area, such as the Grogan's Mill market in The Woodlands and the market hosted at the Klein, Texas Historical Museum.
"More people are wanting to go buy locally," he said. "I tell people all the time I'd much rather have fresh from here than organic that's traveled 1,500 miles from California."
He said much of the Spring area used to be farmland and some farmers, such as the Theiss family, have been around since the area's beginnings. Neal said he knows other local farmers and will avoid some farmers markets to prevent oversaturating those markets.
"We actually cooperate with one another," he said. "We trade with each other."
Mike Atkinson, owner of Atkinson Farms, also runs a farmers market, which features a wide array of produce and products. It even allows customers to pick strawberries from the farm while they are in season.
"All over the United States [farmers markets] are popping up," Atkinson said. "From the West Coast to the East Coast. I went on vacation in Nashville, and they have five or six little roadside markets."
- Theiss Farms 17045 Stuebner Airline Road, Spring Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 2008 Rayford Road, Spring 281-726-3065 Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.www.theissfarmsmarket.com
- Neal's Berry Farm & Farmer's Market 24527 Gosling Road Spring 281-255-3699 Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. –2 p.m. www.nealsberryfarm.com
- Atkinson Farms 3217 Spring Cypress Road Spring 832-381-8202 Hours: Mon.–Sat. 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. www.atkinsonfarm.com
- Wunderlich Farms 18218 Theiss Mail Route Road Spring 832-249-5800 Last Sat. of every month 10 a.m.–2 p.m. www.kleinisd.net/historicalfoundation