Entries by Jonathan Lowe

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Cultivating a Sustainable Farmers Market

Since 2013, the average number of vendors in attendance each week has risen from the high teens to the mid-20s, yet also in that time more than 100 vendors have come and gone. Some of our “steady Eddies” weighed in about the cyclical nature of farmers markets, and their advice for weathering the long haul. […]

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Meat One of Our Protein Vendors

Ever considerate of our carnivorous customers, Westchase District Farmers Market purposely provides purchasers a plethora of preferred protein products (how many markets can say that?). The newest protein vendor to join the market is Jolly Farms (jollyfarms.org). Jill Cox and her son Kevin raise about 900 Cornish Cross Broiler chickens on their two-acre family farm […]

Market Earns Grant, Online Accolades

Market manager John Carey (pictured above, center) recently accepted a $1,000 grant from Capital Farm Credit, who awarded 29 grants in 2017 totaling $31,500 to farmers markets across the state. The money will help underwrite the market’s farm-tastic summer series for kids. “Many consumers today have little appreciation for the hard work it takes to […]

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Okra is Back in Season

This southern delicacy reaches its peak during the hot summer months of Houston. It can be sliced or chopped, stir fried with other veggies, such as zucchini, onions and red or green bell peppers. It is a staple in gumbo. And it can be frozen (whole and uncooked) for later preparation. Okra is best harvested […]

She Sells Sweet Smells with Signature Soaps, See?

As an independent financial advisor, Karen Trekell spends a good deal of her day at a computer staring at the stock market. Her “Zen time” comes when she puts on her other hat as owner of Lather Me Up and crafts all-natural soaps, deodorants and bath products. “Making soaps is relaxing to me,” she said. […]

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PrismAura Candles Sell with the Power of Soy

Sniff Test: With one whiff, customers are hooked on scented soy candles by PrismAura Candles. Three years ago, Veronica Crosby and her sister were making candles for fun, when Crosby decided she wanted to start her own collection of scents. “I couldn’t find high quality candles at affordable prices, so I decided to make my […]

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Chocolate or Jewelry: Why Not Have Them Both?

As the old adage goes, everything old becomes new again. Take chocolate for instance: on any given Wednesday Mark Mayers uses a 114-year-old recipe and takes eight hours to prepare more than 15 varieties of gourmet chocolate to sell the next day at the Westchase District Farmers Market. “My great grandmother emigrated from Germany to […]

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Taste the Dom Perignon of Salsas

After 17 years as a history teacher and track and football coach, Shane Nobles started making fresh, all natural salsa as a way to spend more time with his three young daughters. “My oldest would help with the jars and we’d head to the Tomball farmer’s market together,” he said. “We made 52 jars for […]