Top Spots For Organic Produce In Houston

July 6, 2016 7:00 AM

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Despite its reputation as a haven for unhealthy dishes such as Tex-Mex or barbecue, Houston is also home to several sellers of nutritious organic produce. These include farmers’ markets and co-ops, which both connect you with farmers to get the freshest fruits and vegetables possible. Because you are closely connected to the growers, you can be sure that the produce will actually be raised organically. Most of these farmers are locally based, which reduces the costs of transportation to both you and to the planet.
Rawfully Organic
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77024
www.rawfullyorganic.com

Rawfully Organic lets you get together with other organic aficionados to order produce directly from the farmers for a lower rate because your group gets a bulk purchase discount. Though founded by a raw food proponent, anyone is welcome to participate in the co-op. The only things you will find sold here are organic produce. Shares are sold by fractions, and you can choose whether to purchase a share that includes vegetables, fruit or juices, and you do not need to purchase a membership to place an order for a share. The share price includes everything, unless you opt for home delivery. Most of the produce for this co-op comes from Wharton-based Gundermann Acres, so it is not only organic but locally grown.

Urban Harvest
2311 Canal St., Suite 200
Houston, TX 77003
(713) 880-5540
urbanharvest.org

Urban Harvest has one year-round farmers market location where you can purchase organic produce, but in the cooler months, a second location in front of City Hall is open until the heat sets in during June. Both of these have a variety of vendors, but among those, you are certain to find at least a few who sell organic fruits or vegetables. Urban Harvest is not only dedicated to bringing the freshest produce to Houstonians, it also strives to educate city dwellers in growing, preparing and cooking fruits and vegetables through community gardens and classes. After the Saturday farmers market, check out Urban Harvest’s website for other ways to learn more about both conventional and organic produce.

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Imperial Farmers Market
198 Kempner Road
Sugar Land, TX 77498
(281) 677-7996
www.imperialfarmersmarket.com

If you live on the southwest side of town, head down to Sugar Land, located just 20 minutes from downtown Houston. On Saturdays, you can enjoy the farmers market at the Imperial shopping center. While this farmers market does not have as many organic farmers as other area markets, the other vendors selling all natural, handmade and organic products for the rest of your home and body make up for it. Among the farmers, you will find at Imperial Farmers Market is Gundermann Acres, the supplier for Rawfully Organic’s co-op’s organic produce. As the selection of vendors changes regularly, check back with the Imperial farmers market Facebook page or Twitter for the latest news on the week’s vendors.

Natural Living Organic Market
219 N. Michigan Ave.
League City, TX 77573
(832) 632-2937
www.shopnaturalliving.com

Just as the name of the market indicates, you will find plenty of organic and all-natural goods at Natural Living Organic Market in League City. This store, located in a converted home, has everything organic for sale from snacks to personal care goods. If you are a member of the co-op, you can pick up your shares at this store, too. For those who think that a share is too much produce, visit the store on Fridays or Saturdays for an open organic market. This is where the freshest produce from local, organic growers can be bought. For more information about the polcies of the co-op and how you can be a part of a team that orders organic produce for less, check out Natural Living Organic Market’s co-op information page.

NuWaters Co-Op
2320 Elgin St.
Houston, TX 77004
(832) 807-3738
nuwatersco-op.com

Nu-Waters Co-op is an oasis in the food desert of the 3rd ward. The storefront carries both conventionally grown and organic produce, so read the labels carefully when you shop. Events and available produce are both announced on the store’s Facebook page. Not only can you get organic produce here, you can also learn about how you can help out those in the 3rd ward community and beyond. Opportunities for volunteering abound, from helping out at the co-op to preparing meals for those living in the area. Nu-Waters Co-op is not only an organic store, it also is establishing itself as a means to uplift the community, which makes it a good place to support through memberships and produce purchases.

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Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.