Did you know we have our own farmers market?
One of the things I love about Galveston is that people don’t complain about things. They change things.
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is just one example where a group of Galveston people, led by Cate Black, have made something happen because they wanted to bring something good to our island.
It was started by a bunch of people who wanted Galveston County people to have more fresh food options and it’s certainly succeeded in bring more fruit and vegetables downtown. It brings locally grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas every Sunday morning.
They strive to foster a greater sense of community, all while supporting farmers and producers, and connecting individuals with their local food economy. As one Facebook fan related: “While it lacks the size and sometimes lacks in abundance of product (we are an island) it makes up for that with energetic staf and caring vendors.”
It’s held every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 2508 Post Oice St. and features great produce. here’s seasonal vegetables and fruit, jams, salsa, bread and much more. Farmers markets bring a vibrant scene to any downtown center and of course the trend for buying local food in season has been long embraced by chefs and foodies all over the globe. So it’s good to see it happening in our little corner of the world.
From a real estate and community building point of view I’m always behind something that brings people into Galveston and shows of what’s best about our county and city. So, I think it’s good the farmers market folks have created something new for the town of Galveston. And isn’t the best way to someone’s heart through their stomach?
The farmers market folk are always trying something new and have been offering live music for a while. They oten theme their weekends around events like Mardi Gras and the Superbowl and they oten have competitions. The market also features a corner for the kiddos where they can do fun and educational crats and activities that are supervised by SMART Family Literacy.
And they accept cash, credit cards and SNAP to help a wide range of people get the fresh food they want. It’s no surprise the market has a truly “green” approach. They recently had a “Bring the Bag” campaign organized by the Turtle Island Restoration Network and Surfrider Galveston to encourage people to bring reusable bags for their shopping rather than using plastic bags.
High-fives and good vibes to everyone who remembers to “Bring the Bag,” and for those that didn’t, they helped you make one.
If you haven’t been to the market yet, check it out. They have a Facebook page at facebook.com/GalvestonsOwnFarmersMarket if you want to see what’s on the menu for the Sunday. If you plan to visit and sign up to be included on their mailing list.
The Galveston local farmers market — another reason why those of us lucky enough to live by the sea are lucky enough!