Heights Epicurean Farmers Market

What is it? My first clue should have been the word epicurean. The Heights Epicurean Farmers Market is not just a fruit and vegetable experience. It's also a quick tour of the food, clothing, gift items, art, and more of the many cultures that make up our diverse city.  It is a combined effort organized by Red Publication and other Greater Houston community organizations. They invite Texas farmers who are dedicated to organic and chemical free farming, artisans, bakers, and all sorts of local food producers, as well as vendors showcasing everything from "dog biscuits and organic baby food to infused vinegar, flowers, responsibly harvested coffee, relish, pickles, fresh veggies, pies, iced tea, fruit juice and smoothies,  Gluten-free baked goods, vegan food truck, Authentic Texas BBQ, fresh bread, super-foods, preserves, hand-sewn, hand crochet and knit items, pies, handmade soaps, skin care products, Moroccan Argan Oil, natural home cleaning remedies, organic oil products, raw honey, BBQ, tamales, wood-burning art, glass slumping art, Venezuelan Arapes, African Shea Butter, Indian Food, local honey, art, garden art, plants, honey-products, handmade ceramics, and all natural pet care and goodies."

When is it? The first Saturday of every month, from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where is it? Outside Grace United Methodist Church, 1245 Heights Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77008.

How do I get there?
  • Driving. Free parking is available on and around church property.
  • Biking. Heights Boulevard is very bike-friendly.
  • Metro. #40 bus. For specific information, text Metro. The code for the southbound stop at a shelter on the north side of West 13th Street is 6218. The code for the northbound stop at the corner of West 13th and Heights Boulevard across from the Heights Public Library is 6209.
Vendors. Here are links to some of the vendors whose cards I picked up or who are featured in the photos at the end of this blog entry. This is not even close to an inclusive list and the vendors change from month to month.
  • Fresh Continental Delights. I purchased their Chicken Shami Kabob and enjoyed it for dinner. A little spicy for my Yankee tongue, but very enjoyable. Family is Southeast Asian.
  • The Happy Macaron. Yummy tidbits to sample. I had the berry macaron. Soft and sweet. Created by Rose Caraglia, an American making French treats.
  • Pacari Chocolates from Ecuador. "Premium Organic Chocolate from Tree to Bar." Just one of the brands being promoted in Texas by Taste Ecuador. They've been in Houston for only five months. Visit them and make them feel at home.
  • Baja-Texas. Handcrafted items from a range of countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, and India selected by owner Salina Owens. Salina is a busy lady. She'll be at the Chimney Rock Market today (January 7, 2018), according to the "Events" page on her site.
  • Miriam's El Salvadorian Fried Snacks and Sauces
  • Shosho's Kitchen offered yummy baklava.
  • Nisha's Indian Food was hard to pass up, but there's always February.
  • Sabor Argentina offered beautiful empanadas.
This visit was so much fun, I am designing an itinerary that includes the February Heights Epicurean Farmers Market.

The vendors I visited were set up in the
church's parking lot between Heights Boulevard and Yale Street.

This delightful vendor with Miriam's El Salvadorian Fried Snacks
and Sauces is offering me a plantain.