Houston is loaded with amazing farmers’ markets no matter what side of town you are on. But did you know you can purchase your farm fresh produce and guarantee it weekly and/or monthly for a small monthly fee (usually quite a bit cheaper than buying all of your produce at a grocery store or farmers’ market). You sure can. It’s called a farm share. Houston has quite a few amazing farm shares you can choose from.
Plant It Forward Farms
6575 W. Loop St., 3rd Floor
Bellaire, TX 77401
This is a farm share that helps refugees from around the world start a new life by farming. Here at Plant It Forward Farms, you can invest in yourself and your family’s lives as well as refugees in Houston. You can buy a 16- or 32-week share where you will receive enough vegetables every week for a family of 3-4 people. As a member, you also receive other benefits like farm tours, meetings with the chefs and a newsletter with tips and recipes.
Central City Co-Op
2515 Waugh Drive
Houston, TX 77006
Located in the heart of downtown, Central City Co-Op offers you organic fruits and vegetables. You can buy a share online or visit the open market at Grace Lutheran Church. Central City Co-Op offers three different kinds of shares: fruit only, local only (their pick of seasonal crops) or mixed shares (a combination of fruits and vegetables). Be sure to shop the open market as well because there you can find eggs, homegrown honey, grass-fed lamb, beef and chicken, beans, pasta, and much more. This is a great option for those inside the city limits.
Home Sweet Farm
307 S. Park St.
Downtown Brenham, TX 77833
With an office in Brenham, Home Sweet Farm has drop locations in Katy, The Heights, Cypress, The Woodlands and Oak Forrest. This is one of the best farm shares in Houston. Not only does it provide fresh vegetables in both the warm and cold seasons, but also fresh organic beef, poultry, cheeses, eggs, honey, lamb, olive oil and so much more. You can buy the non-vegetable items at the market, but the food moves so incredibly quickly that it is best to include the items in your farm share. Sign up quickly because it only has a certain number of spots available.
Wood Duck Farms
270 Pine Valley
Cleveland, TX 77328
Located a little north of Houston, Wood Duck Farm actually delivers your fresh fruits and vegetables to your house. Or you can pick your fresh produce at its pick-up locations. Herbs, eggs, fruits and vegetables like kale, bok choy, spinach, strawberries and Swiss chard are just a few of the winter specialties at Wood Duck Farm. You can choose from five different share plans: weekly full share, weekly partial share, bi-weekly full share, bi-weekly partial share, and little bitty share. This is a great investment for your family. Be sure to check out the farm events as well.
720 Bastrop Hwy.
Austin, TX 78741
Based out of Austin with a Houston headquarters as well, Farmhouse Delivery is one of the best farm shares in Houston. It offers everything including fruits, vegetables, sweets, baked goods, eggs and produce, pantry staples, prepared foods, and more. Look on its website for delicious recipes of every kind as well.
Kelli Kelly is a freelance writer who resides in Houston, Texas. Discovering how to make recipes family friendly, healthy, and quick using ingredients that can usually be found in your pantry already is a passion of Kelli’s. She also helps to teach children’s cooking/baking classes and parties. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.