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Brownsville Farmers Market

From their website: The idea of starting a farmers’ market in Brownsville arose from the realization that the town was lacking a place where fresh produce, reasonably priced, could be easily accessible to all–a lack that takes on critical importance in South Texas, an area where obesity and diabetes soar above the national rates. From this awareness and the growing popularity of farmers’ markets in the United States, faculty from the School of Public Health and staff from the Department of State Health Services joined efforts to begin exploring the possibility of opening a farmers’ market in Brownsville .

The vision of the Brownsville Farmer’s Market is to promote policy and environmental changes that make healthy foods and active lifestyles an easy choice for all families in South Texas. Current initiatives include a farmers’ market, voucher programs, community gardens, and research and education.

Open Every Saturday Morning, 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon

Linear Park in Brownsville, Texas, in front of the Federal Courthouse (and across the street from the zoo) at E. 7th Street and Harrison.



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Birthday Party at Four String Farm

We recently had the pleasure of throwing a birthday party with great friends at the Four String Farm in Rockport, Texas. This gorgeous creation is run by Justin Butts and sells pastured pork, poultry, and eggs as well as fresh herbs and vegetables throughout the year. No hormones, steroids or antibiotics are ever given to the animals and no chemical pesticides or fertilizers are used on their plants. Turkeys are available by pre-order for Thanksgiving (yay!).

Beginning in Fall 2010, Four String Farm will host a series of eco-tours and special events on the farm.  In addition to the commercial farming operation, they carefully maintain a protected ecosystem on the farm that allows native animal and plant species to thrive.  The  eco-tours will feature this vast array of plant and animal wildlife.  Birdwatchers, nature enthusiasts, and visitors to the Gulf Coast will be able to view the bio-diversity at the farm.  Numerous educational and entertaining events, from cooking demonstrations in the farmhouse to classes on wildlife photography will be available.  Stay tuned!

How to Buy

* Look for Four String Farm at the Rockport/Fulton Farmer’s Market (Fulton Beach Road by Paws & Taws) on the first and third Saturday of month or at Rockport Market Days on the last Saturday of the month (by Rockport Beach and the Texas Maritime Museum).
* Call  361-688-3802 or e-mail justinbutts@clearwire.net.
* You can pick up retail orders from the farm by appointment only.
* Ask about customized volume discount orders.
* Visit www.fourstringfarm.com for more info.

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Had some wonderful bread made by local baker Jerry in Rockport, Texas. The whole grain loaf had a nice crunchy exterior and was darned good toasted with butter and drizzle o’ honey.  You can purchase his bread at the Fulton Farmer’s Market or email him directly–he might even ship it to you!

Just Loafin Bread

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Noah Thompson who runs Victoria Farmers Market


When: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Where: 2805 N. Navarro St., in front of the Dr. Pattie Dodson Public Health Center

For more information about the Victoria Farmer’s Market or to sell produce at the local market, call market manager Noah Thompson at 361-277-2268.

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Beeville Farmer’s Market

Beeville, TX

Beeville Farmers Market
Beeville Downtown Depot Pavilion
First Saturday of the Month
May thru December
9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The city of Beeville has a farmer’s market showcasing local produce, eggs, plants, arts and crafts, baked goods, food and entertainment. New vendors welcome.

For more information, email market@beevilletx.org or call Terri Scott, 361-362-0063

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Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Happy Cows at Chaloupka Farm

Chaloupka Farm consists of three generations of dairy farming in Lavaca County, dating back to 1947 when Ernest and Marcella Chaloupka began milking just three Jersey cows. They currently milk Jerseys, Holstein/Jersey crosses, and Holsteins, and are in the process of moving to a full Jersey herd.

Chaloupka Farm cows are fed a ration that includes home-grown feedstuffs such as hay, silage, greenchop—all that are fertilized with natural products.  The fresh raw milk they offer comes straight from a group of pure-bred Jerseys cows that are separate from the rest of the herd. Their milk is tested often by the Texas Department of State Health Services to ensure the highest quality of milk and contains no hormones or antibiotics.

The farm also runs a Farmers Market selling fresh garden produce, dairy products, jams and jellies, plants and more. You can pick up milk anytime – just call ahead to make sure someone will be here.

Corn Maze at Chaloupka Farm

Be sure to check out their  Rocky Creek Maze – 7 acres of corn with carved pathways creating a giant puzzle. They’ll show you the way in, and you find the way out!  Gates open on late September and close late November. Here’s a MAP .

Chaloupka Farm
Selling on Fridays from 5-8pm
784 County Road 251
Moulton, TX 77975

Please call for additional information:
361-596-7292 [or] 361-798-6131

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Lynn and James Warren, Rockport-Fulton FM
Lynn and James Warren, Rockport-Fulton Farmer’s Market

Had a nice visit with Lynn and James Warren  (they run a farm in Ingleside, TX) this past weekend at the Rockport-Fulton Farmers Market. Times are incredibly tough for local farmers. After the veg pix,  check out this article from the Victoria Advocate that highlights some of the difficulties they are facing.

Tomatoes from the Warren Farm

Tomatoes from the Warren Farm





Beans and Okra from the Warren Farm

Beans and Okra from the Warren Farm







Victoria Farmers Market closes Saturday
Drought makes growing produce too hard for locals

Lynn Warren sliced cantaloupe and held a wedge for her customers to see. “You’re going to want to wait a day or two before you cut yours,” she advised. “Don’t put it in the refrigerator.”

Warren and her husband, James Warren, trek from Ingleside to Victoria to sell produce at the Victoria Farmers Market. After Saturday, though, they might not return for a while.

Saturday is the final day for this season’s Victoria Farmers Market.

Considering this season’s heat and drought, producers had less produce to sell, said Noah Thompson, the market’s manager.

“Stuff just won’t grow,” he said. “It’s dying on the vine. This drought is worse than a lot of people think it is.”

The farmers market opened in early May on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

The Warren family’s crops are only at 50 to 60 percent, James Warren said. The only reason they have any crops at all is because they’re using city water to keep their tomatoes alive, he said. His water bill is $600.

“Anyone in agriculture now is suffering from no rain,” said James Warren, who sells in Victoria and Fulton to support his farm operations.

Thursday was Victoria resident Christi Cuellar’s first time to visit the farmers market. She said she wanted to know what was available.

“I’m wondering what else to get,” she said, glancing from vendor to vendor.

Ronnie Jacob grows some produce himself, but also purchases fruits and vegetables to sell in Victoria and other farmers markets.

The Victoria closing might be a small setback, but Jacob said he plans to sell elsewhere.

“The heat’s not hurting me,” said the Yoakum native, who sold tomatoes, lemons and plums, among other things, Thursday. “It’s hurting a lot of the others, though.”

The drought hasn’t hurt Rebecca Graber’s business much either.

Graber, another Yoakum resident, sells homemade jams, cookies and cakes for the Victoria Farmers Market. She also sells to area grocery stores and at craft shows.

The lack of rain hurt this year’s dewberry crops, she said, but other than that, business wasn’t affected. She uses the Victoria market to earn extra income.

Having a permanent covered area would help keep the market going, Thompson said, explaining people would be more likely to shop if they knew they could find shade. Now, vendors bring their own awnings.

Thompson said he hopes to bring an additional market to town this fall, but said he wouldn’t know for sure until September.

Victoria Farmers Market
2805 North Navarro
Victoria, Texas 77904
(361) 575-1379
Wednesday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-sellout
WIC Coupons

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