The Houston Heights is my neighborhood and every first Saturday of the month is packed with activities at two local markets run by friends of mine. Let me start by saying that the weather was absolutely amazing and everyone was out and about enjoying it on the esplanade on Heights Blvd.
My first stop, I work it that way so I can stop by early and if I buy anything that needs to be stored I can make a quick run back home and store it, was the Heights Epicurean Market (check them out here). This is a relatively new farmers market started by my friend Doria over at Red Pub and I love to stop by to see what’s new each time.
I usually wind up buying some fresh produce and this time I got a small bag of the most adorable little baby carrots from Last Organic Outpost. I love the sausage from Rockin JR Ranch but still had some from my previous visit so I skipped that. I got some great macarons from The Happy Macaron instead which I enjoyed for dessert after a very enjoyable lunch with my girlfriend and her daughters.
In the past I’ve purchased delicious chocolate cookies from Xoco-Latte but with two packages of macarons I figured I’d save that for next month!
With my purchases in hand, I wandered about a bit more still enjoying the great weather.
Next up was the First Saturday Arts Market which happened to be celebrating it’s 12th anniversary. Hard to believe my friend Mitch has been at it for so long. I have participated in this market in the past and made some good friends there so I enjoy stopping by to see what’s new. As usual, the arts are amazing. You can see the complete roster of artists and samples of their work here.
This month, I really enjoyed the work of Monique Weston, Joella Guaraglia-Wheeler, Ginger Annette, and Christina Todaro. Of course, I ALWAYS love the jams and jelly from The Great San Saba River Pecan Company!
It was a great way to spend Saturday morning. If you’re in the area on the first Saturday of every month, stop by. The Heights Epicurean Market is at the corner of 13th Street and Heights Blvd. and the First Saturday Arts Market is at 540 W. 19th Street.
Can’t wait to see what next month has in store!