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This is where you’ll soon be able to find local produce and crafts in Houston’s Energy Corridor.

The Energy Corridor District Farmer’s Market closed as the pandemic took hold more than two years ago, but the area will soon have a new place to buy local produce, artisan breads and more.

A new Farmer’s Market is set to launch on Thursday, June 30 near the Kroger Mall in Briar Forest and Eldridge. It will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Thursday of each month.

Your Neighborhood Farmers Market operates approximately 10 markets in the Greater Houston area, from Katy to Manvel, and plans to feature approximately 45-50 stalls in the Energy Corridor that will offer farm-fresh, seasonal, and organic vegetables and fruits, homemade pastas and salsas, flavored butters, infused oils and a wide assortment of other products. Fredericksburg Peaches are currently in season and are sure to be a highlight of the summer.

“Our biggest advantage is that if you craft it, bake it, build it or grow it, you can attend our markets,” YNFM President Cre Johnson said of the vendors.

She noted that all produce will come from within 180 miles of the market.

Shopping at a farmers market is beneficial because customers can talk to vendors and discuss how their items are grown. Johnson said the produce is picked when it’s more ripe than supermarket fruits and vegetables and therefore contains more nutrients. If a consumer, she says, can’t read a food label and understand everything listed on it, it might not be the best choice.

Farmers markets are generally spaced out in the Houston area. The new one will give the roughly 400,000 people who live within a 15-minute drive of the energy corridor or the 50,000 people who work within the same radius a nearby place to shop, said communications manager Ramit Plushnick-Masti and ECD marketing.

Determined to bring a market back to the area, the district worked with YNFM to find a good location and helped get landlords signed a contract and spoke to area businesses to make sure they were in the market. comfortable with change. Plushnick-Masti said they looked forward to the extra traffic that could draw people to their businesses, some still struggling amid the pandemic.

“Residents, people who work here, people who visit here, they want certain amenities and a farmers market. We’ve heard time and time again, “We want this market back,” she said. “And so, that’s what we did is we just partnered with Your Neighborhood Farmers Market to bring this equipment to the people who live and work here.”

As the energy transition takes shape over the next few years, Plushnick-Masti explained that ECD wants to stay relevant and continue to attract people and businesses. She said many companies are currently focused on retaining quality employees who want amenities such as restaurants and bike and hiking trails near their offices.

Johnson said Your Neighborhood Farmers Market is excited about the new venture and wants to “bridge the gap between the community and local growers and local small businesses.”

In addition to a wide variety of local produce, the Energy Corridor District Farmer’s Market will feature live music, food trucks and kids’ activities.

Plushnick-Masti said the June 30 Farmer’s Market will not only be great shopping, but also something to do and a new experience, all in the neighborhood.

“You will be supporting your local businesses, as well as fresh vegetables and fruits and different types of artisan and craft foods,” she said. “And you can walk outside with your friends, hang out, do something a little different.”

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