Where to find fresh produce in Clear Lake
By my father's calculations, each tomato in my Master Gardener mother's Clear Lake garden costs about $24.
First she has to buy that cool Heirloom plant that she spotted in the seed catalog, then baby it with gallons and gallons of water. There are special soil mixes and fertilizers and the occasional services of the Yard Guy when her arthritis and sciatica gets too bad. And you've really got to amortize the wheelbarrow and spade and hose and gardening gloves and . . .
Makes the local farmer's market sound pretty good to those of us who feel we've accomplished something when our lawns escape the notice of the community association.
This morning the Houston Chronicle's food section includes all sorts of veggie recipes and tips about shopping at a farmer's market. I especially liked the produce guide that tells you when each vegetable is in prime season. As for for the canning tips, ha!
HoustonGrows.com has a useful guide to the Houston area's farmer's market, which includes these Clear Lake markets:
The Farmers Market at Clear Lake Shores
8 a.m.-noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month
Lot along FM 2094 just west of the Clear Lake Shores entrance
Nassau Bay Farmers Market
10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays
18045 Upper Bay Drive, outside Erma's Nutrition Center
Web site: www.ermasnutritioncenter.com
I also have to include this one, which is a bit of a drive but is a favorite of my mom and many other farmers market aficionados around here. She recommends the buttermilk fried pies they sell on the side:
Froberg's Vegetable Farm Store
9-6 a.m. daily except some holidays
11875 County Road 190
Web site: www.alvintexas.org/run.cgi?froberg
And for grow-it-yourselfers, HoustonGrows has growing information on hundreds of fruits and vegetables that do well in our area.
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