Morning thunderstorms failed to deter some 800 people from enjoying the Oktoberfest Art Market, an autumn celebration that filled the Energy Corridor Farmers Market with local artisans, craftsman, farmers, epicurean food-makers and craft beer September 29.
The free, family friendly event hosted 20 Farmers Market vendors – their tables spilling over with locally grown produce, sustainably raised meats and epicurean goodies – alongside 65 artisan vendors representing a vast range of crafts, art and other handmade products. Hosted by The Art Cellar of Houston, Guerra Studios, the Energy Corridor Farmers Market and Watson’s Pub, the event was so successful that a similar market is in the works for December.
“A morning that began a bit discouraging with thunderstorms turned into an amazing event,” says Kenzie Copeland, market manager for the Energy Corridor Farmers Market, which usually meets 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Saturday at West Houston’s iconic Grisby Square. 14710 Grisby Road.
“We appreciate all our vendors for being flexible as we grappled with rain puddles by changing up booth locations,” Copeland says. “Watson’s Pub deserves a special thanks for their help and sponsorship. We also want to thank everyone who saw past the weather to attend this fun Oktoberfest Art Market.”
The Energy Corridor Farmers Market handed out free shopping bags and reusable water bottles. Precision Yoga and Fitness, led by owner Lisa Patel, gave free yoga classes on the street. And the Houston SPCA was there, inspiring Farmers Market vendor Michael Briggs of Briggs True Texas Sauces & Seasonings to adopt a dog.
Each Saturday, Grisby Square fills with shoppers stocking up on provisions and wares from local farmers and ranchers and epicurean food makers.
October’s featured market vendor is Houston’s Finest Baked Goods. Owner Marian Nurani bakes small handcrafted batches of naturally leavened breads, enriched breads and pastries – all preservative free. Nurani’s specialty is sourdough, but she fills out each Saturday’s market selection with a variety of baked goods.
“My goal is to provide only the best tasting, naturally leavened, homemade bread, with absolutely zero preservatives,” explains Nurani.
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Sampling homemade pastries and breads is one of the many joys of strolling the Energy Corridor Farmers Market 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Saturday at 14710 Grisby Square, southeast of IH-10 and Hwy 6. Shoppers find locally grown vegetables and fruit, meats raised nearby using sustainable ranching practices and a host of delightful, handmade epicurean goods.
Saturday, October 27, the market will morph into Halloween Town’s Farmers Market, where visitors and even their dogs can dress up and “trick or treat” to win prizes.
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