Entries by Jonathan Lowe

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June Farm-tastic Event Creates a Buzz

Kid-friendly activities offered on third Thursdays at market this summer Now celebrating its third consecutive year of delighting children and their parents, the Westchase District Farmers Market’s Farm-tastic Summer Series for Kids recently kicked off on June 20. The afternoon was filled with lots for everyone to see, taste and experience.   Beekeeping demos The […]

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Meat Some New Faces in Farming

Three protein vendors represent changes in ranching business   In 2014, Rangelands magazine published a report evaluating 90 years of census data and predicting that the average age of American ranchers will be 60 years old by 2050. However, when you visit the Westchase District Farmers Market to buy meat, don’t expect to encounter any […]

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Madewell and Made to Sell

Former science teacher now experiments with candles and soaps   After a decade with Alief Independent School District, eighth grade science teacher Jennifer Strong wanted to do something different with her life. Armed with a candle-making kit, she started selling to friends and family. Last spring, she quit her teaching job and launched Madewell Mercantile […]

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Confectionery Delight Comes to the Market

Two vendors have purchased a cotton candy machine and now offer five flavors of “fairy floss” (as it’s known in Australia) at the weekly Westchase District Farmers Market. The entrepreneurial spirit shared between Karen Trekell and Mark Mayers led the pair to team up on a new product to boost their weekly sales. Trekell brings […]

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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 to market the most premium salsa available.   Nobles was a salsa aficionado long before he turned his […]

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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 to tell whether the lettuce they are purchasing is part of the outbreak. […]

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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 platform and a template for how to run a business,” she said. […]