Entries by smcfarland@zone3creative.com

Selling the Whole Corn and Caboodle

Though creating a true perpetual motion machine is impossible, Paul Lebel comes close to being an example of a bundle of energy that is operating constantly. As the sole proprietor of Panama Jack’s Kettle Corn, Lebel has turned an interest for alternative income into an exploding entrepreneurial adventure that leaves customers delighted and everyone else feeling […]

Roasted Carrots Offer Mealtime Diversity

Thanks to Bugs Bunny and mom’s hand-packed school lunches, generations of kids have grown up enjoying one of nature’s most healthy vegetables. Carrots are rich in vitamin A and K, plus the anti-oxidant nutrient beta-carotene. Various studies have shown that carrots promote cardiovascular health and eye health and even have cancer-fighting benefits. Specifically, lab studies […]

Artisian Cheese Deep Under the Heart of Texas

It’s time someone told you the truth: the moon isn’t made of green cheese and neither is the “cheese cave” at Brazos Valley Cheese, one of the newest vendors at Westchase District Farmers Market. About 200 employees at the artisan cheese-making company produce 2,000 pounds of handcrafted, award-winning cheeses every week on a 550 acre […]

The Raw Honey Difference

Think of the word “raw” and you might associate it with uncooked vegetables or meat, unheated to preserve all the natural vitamins, living enzymes and other nutritional elements contained within. Likewise, honey is created naturally in a raw form, but not all honey sold in supermarkets is raw. At the Westchase District Farmers Market, several […]

12 Days of Christmas, Market Style

The English Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a joyful telling of a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. But if ten Lords-a-Leaping or four Calling Birds aren’t your thing, come out to the Westchase District Farmers Market any Thursday and you’ll find a selection […]

New, Returning Vendors Keep Market Fresh

Albane Cannaferina and her Apollo Farms is one of the newest vendors at the Westchase District Farmers Market. In fact, she’s a relatively new farmer. With a background in restaurant management, Canneferina knew more about the “table” end of the “farm to table” movement when she moved to Texas less than a year ago to […]

Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Shrimp

Ingredients 2 teaspoons garlic powder 2 teaspoons paprika 2 teaspoons freshly-ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper 2 pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined and rinsed (Available at the market from Lil Emma’s Seafood) 2 ounce Monterey Jack cheese, cut into thin strips 3 jalapeños, halved, seeded and cut into thin slices (Available at the market […]

Plant It Forward Farms in Edible Houston

Our friends over at Edible Houston magazine recently profiled one of our new vendors, Plant It Forward Farms. This unique urban farm is run by African refugees who have farming experience, but turn to the Houston nonprofit for land, tools and training for selling in the United States. Be sure to visit their booth the […]

Top 10 Reasons to Bring Your Kids

(Excerpted from eatlocalgrown.com) 1. Develop healthy emotional eating habits. It’s true that people often turn to food when they’re stressed out, lonely, sad, anxious, or bored. But emotional eating can be linked to positive feelings, too. It’s no accident that McDonald’s named their kids deal a Happy Meal! You can beat the fast food marketing […]

Just Peachy, Just Picked, Just Delicious

Although a bright red blush gives a peach its attractive appearance, it is the progression of the background color from green to cream or yellow that is the best indication of a ripe, flavorful peach. A firm-ripe peach, which gives only slightly when gently squeezed, is best for canning, freezing or storing without bruising. A […]