Saturday, October 10, 2009
Urban Harvest farmer's market on Richmond in Houston
Urban Harvest, an organization that I've written about several times in this blog, manages a really good farmer's market on Richmond Ave in Houston on Saturday mornings. It's behind a building so you might have to poke around a bit to find it. There are a lot of white tents set up in a parking lot, and there's a band usually (and a porta-potty, we discovered today).
It's a lively place on Saturday morning. The weather has finally cooled off in Houston after record-breaking September and October temperatures, so it was fun to go outside and shop. You can make a morning of it: there is fancy coffee, and you can buy cookies and pastries to go with it.
My first stop was the goat cheese stall, because it was my friend Amy's birthday last week and I wanted to get her a present. We got the Greek-style goat cheese. The proprietor showed us pictures of her goats; they are the Nubian type, with long floppy ears.
Next I made a bee-line for the Atkinson booth, where the beautiful greens can be found. I got kale and turnips.
They had okra too. I got that last time, but I didn't this time.
Next I looked for the persimmon man. Urban Harvest sends out an email saying what will be available at the market, so I knew to look for persimmons. They were the Asian type, and they were very beautiful. I tried a sample. They weren't quite as sweet as the American ones I find in TN, but pretty good nevertheless. Maybe they ripen more on the counter.
I also saw many shapes and colors of eggplants; long beans (the Asian kind for stir fry); sunchokes (otherwise known as Jerusalem artichokes); and a nice assortment of mushrooms. This couple was checking out the chanterelles:
There are lots of things at the farmer's market besides vegetables: great-looking bread, including "levain" which I found out means sourdough; goat yogurt, which we sampled and loved; lotion made from goat milk, with different scents such as lemongrass and vanilla; and a whole booth of things made out of lavender.
The most surprising booth we found there was a booth full of a great variety of beautiful orchids, run by Bruce Cameron of Orchid Obsession. It does seem as if he must be obsessed with orchids, because he had more kinds than I have ever seen before in one place.
The farmer's market is a plant and food-lover's paradise on Saturday morning.