Now that I’m off my soapbox, I’ve jumped back up on my horn tootin stool to tell you all about my show this weekend. But first, did you notice another market? Or two, three or four? What’s up with that?
It’s got to be obvious that if I’ve run my art market for going on 14 years now, I must like outdoor markets. In fact, I like outdoor markets a lot.
Markets or “pop-ups” seem to be a thing now. More have sprung up over the past couple of years than ever in the past. Many proclaim they have farmers too – that’s the golden fleece of today’s pop-ups it seems.
There’s a limited number of farmers and markets they can attend and even fewer that practice sustainable farming.
The Farm Stand at Petrol Station in Garden Oaks is located at 938 Wakefield Dr., next to the new Great Heights Brewing Company and is open every Saturday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
This is a neighborhood market and a destination spot for the neighborhood. Fresh coffee, tacos and tasty locally grown produce all in one place.
Sustainable farming is explained simply on the Stand’s Facebook page, “That a farmer uses organic or natural fertilizers and pesticides to grow plants from non-genetically modified seeds for more than three years but is not certified to Texas Department of Agricultural or the US Department of Agriculture.”
In other words, it’s real, it is fresh and it is delicious! No “greenwashers” here. (Look that one up.)
Expect to find seasonal veggies, eggs, free range chicken and eggs, pastured pork, prepared foods from honey, olive oils to ready to eat and a mix of other vendors including arts and craft.
Petrol Station, the Farm Stands namesake is down the street at 985 Wakefield and is a craft beer lover’s paradise with amazing burgers. Yes, it’s in an old gas station, one of the few left in town. They open at 11 a.m on Saturdays so plan your trip accordingly, you’ll love it.
Horn tootin time! First Saturday Arts Market returns to daytime hours on September 2, after lively behind the scenes discussions to keep the market open at night to beat the heat. I won, (or lost depending on the weather) and overruled the night owls for a day show.
The market is still in limbo on the parking lots next to YogaOne Studios at 540 W. 19th St but you can always find the rundown of art, food, drink and music on the website.
Speaking of music, I managed to get singer and songwriter Jordi Baizan to perform this Saturday. Baizan’s easy going style and story telling are a perfect match for an outdoor market. Plus he wrote a song called “Meyerland,” which is where I grew up Got to love that! Find it all at 1stSatArtMarket.com