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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…
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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…
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Come Buy Your Cakes from the Baker's Man As Fast As You Can

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. James Ephraim learned how to bake from the same woman who read nursery rhymes to him: his mother. “Mom always baked carrot cakes and friends always requested…

A Little Sno with Your Streusel?

A consistent presence at Westchase District Farmers Market since 2014, Julia Puig Jordan has delighted customers with her authentic European pastries, jams and salad dressings. “My blueberry streusel and German melting cookies are my most…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Buy Some Bison

Out on the Katy prairie, a rural motorist may observe a site reminiscent of an old-time cowboy movie -- an open field of bison grazing on prairie grass. Patrick Bierschwale sits in his diesel truck on a bluff observing his bison and calculating…