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Salsa Vendor Stays True to Farmers Markets

Anyone who lives in Texas knows that Tex-Mex is the king of food. And what’s Tex-Mex without salsa? Nothing. That’s why Shane Nobles of Tomball-based Pain Train Salsa (www.paintrainsalsa.com) makes it his passion to produce and bring…
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Lettuce Romaine Calm

A recent outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce grown in Yuma, Arizona has consumers concerned about what lettuce is safe to eat. Because labels on romaine lettuce do not often list growing regions, it can be difficult for a consumer…
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No Loafing Around for Katy Bakers

Heidi Roark’s dream of opening a bakery came true in 2012 when she invested in a Great Harvest Bread Company franchise in Katy, TX. “Since I had never baked commercially, it made sense to partner with a brand that could provide a marketing…
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Manager's Memo: Feeling Lost on the Path to Wellness

  All this clean living can be quite confusing.... Is it 10,000 steps and 8 glasses of water or is it 8,000 steps and 10 glasses of water? How big should the glass be anyway – should they be eight ounces, 10 ounces or 16 ounces?…
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Home-based vendors grow microgreens in suburban environments

Smaller than baby greens and bigger than sprouts, microgreens are the tiny, edible greens grown from the seeds of vegetables and herbs. Harvested when they’re seven to 14 days old, their flavor is often more intense than that of mature greens…
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Establishing Healthy Habits

After the first week of the new year nearly 40 percent of the best intentions have already failed. In many cases people will list out all the things and behaviors that they want to change – it can be overwhelming. Even Allstate Insurance’s…
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Manager's Memo: What's Up, Doc?

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. As we start a new year, it is traditional that we reflect on the past year and set goals for the upcoming one. I want to be a better person (you know what I mean – go to church more, exercise…
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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…
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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…

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…