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Spray More. Swat Less. Smell Good.

Along the bayous of Houston lurk animals that kill more humans each year than any others. Forget about gators and snakes, more than 750,000 people die each year worldwide because of mosquitoes. And with the deadly mosquito-borne Zika virus…

Barbecue: Salt, Pepper, Smoke and Patience

Sometimes the right birthday gift can change your life. In December 2014, Mustafa Ali’s sister and dad bought him a barbecue smoker grill and the young accountant began cooking briskets. “I grew up in the kitchen with my family and so…

Winging It with Atkinson Farms

Mike Atkinson farms from his hip and his head   Nestled between a residential subdivision and apartments under construction in Spring, TX sits Atkinson Farms, a fourth-generation business run by Mike Atkinson. One of Westchase District…
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Come Experiment with Mad Scientist Kombucha

New tea vendor mixes science with sweet flavors As a frequent customer to Houston farmers markets, molecular biologist Heather Williams fell in love with kombucha, a probiotic tea brewed with a culture of bacteria and yeast useful to the…

R.I.P. Dennis Hammond, Goat Cheese Vendor

Our prayers and condolences go out to Julie Hammond and her family on the death of Dennis Hammond of Hammond Farm. A long-time vendor and friend of Westchase District, Dennis' warm smile and dancing feet will be missed by all at the mar…

She's the BOSS: Vendor Creates Functional, Flavorful Superfoods

Growing up, Andrea Spirov’s mother and grandmother put her in charge of making desserts for the family. So when it came time for Spirov to market her premium organic superfood bars, she drifted to the sweet rather than the savory. “I…

More Meat Varieties from Katerra Exotics

Becoming a vendor at the Westchase District Farmers Market in 2014, Patrick Bierschwale distinguished his business, Katerra Exotics, as the place in West Houston to buy pasture-raised bison. Eighteen months later, he’s expanded his meat offerings…

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…

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…