Farm-tastic Summer Series for Kids

Discover the Westchase District Farmers Market this summer! Here are five facts you probably didn’t know about the market:

  1. It’s not that expensive. Local farm products would sell for much more in any specialty store, where there would be additional overhead costs and markups. And the whole point of a farmers market is to meet the growers who produced the food your family will eat for dinner.
  2. You can connect personally with our farmers market vendors. Take a few minutes to chat with them and ask them about their farms, their products and their lives. Visit their websites and Facebook pages or join their mailing lists to hear about special crops, prices and more. Try that at a chain grocery store.
  3. Some items come and go. There are seasons when certain produce isn’t available (even in Texas). No peaches in January, sure, but even in some regions, no summer tomatoes until late July. However, things taste better when they are in season. Farmers often pick their produce the day before the farmers market, when it is ripe and ready to eat. Produce in the grocery store often ripens on the shelves and don’t get as much of the flavor or nutrients that comes with ripening in soil.
  4. It’s a social event. At the Westchase District Farmers Market, you can bring your family, your friends and even your pets. It’s a great place to catch up while getting some shopping done. Plus you’re outside and walking, which is good for your mind, body and spirit – just remember to protect yourself from the Texas sun.
  5. You can inspire your whole family to be healthy. Just looking at all the fresh items available at the market can make fruits and veggies more appealing. you can try new things and teach the kids about farming and produce. Let the kids pick out new things to try, replacing a prepackaged snack at home.

So this summer, put down the electronics, pack up the family and plow on over to Westchase District Farmers Market where the second Thursday of each month will feature FREE, farm-tastic, family-friendly activities for kids ages 12 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday June 8
Taste test contest (kids sample different fresh fruits then vote on their favorites), plus an inflatable barnyard!

Thursday, July 13
Harris County Master Gardener, beekeeping demonstrations and face painting

Thursday, August 10
Barnyard petting zoo (pet them, pick them up, take pictures with them!)

Plus, enjoy activity sheets and photos with our costumed vegetables! Each child receives a reusable shopping bag and $2.00 of “Market Moolah” to spend at the market (while supplies last).