Pearland, Brookside Village farmers markets flourish


Since then, the nonprofit group offering local production and products has built on that enthusiasm.

“I don’t think I’m surprised about the success; I’m just really proud about it,” Waguespack said.

The market features a revolving group of about 50 vendors. It is presented from 9 am to 1 pm every third Saturday at the basketball pavilion in Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway.

“Every month, we continue to grow a little bit and continue to build on getting more vendors,” Waguespack said.

Some miles to the west at EA Lawhon Elementary School, 5810 Brookside Road, Alex Hancock and a nonprofit group of local farmers have had similar success with the Brookside Village Farmers Market, which also opened in October 2021.

“We started off with a bang,” said Hancock, the market’s treasurer. “We have had a tremendous outpouring of support from the community.”

Old Pearland Farmers Market

When: 9 am to 1 pm every third Saturday

Where: The basketball pavilion at Independence Park, 3449 Pearland Parkway, Pearland

Website:https://bit.ly/3nt3LPO

Brookside Village Farmers Market

When: 10 am to 2 pm every second Sunday

Where: EA Lawhorn Elementary School, 5810 Brookside Road, Brookside Village

Website:https://bit.ly/3OynaKO


Like Old Pearland Farmers Market, the Brookside Village enterprise, which is staged from 10 am to 2 pm every second Sunday, grew from some residents’ passion to give the community healthier food. The Brookside Village market sees 25 regular monthly vendors, and between four to five pop-up vendors regularly participate.

Products range from eggs to soap

One of the reasons the Brookside Village market continues to grow is that each of its monthly markets is somewhat different, appealing to a range of tastes and needs, according to Hancock.

“Our monthly vendors cover a wide range of food and daily-use items — eggs, veggies, bread, coffee beans, canned goods, soap,” she said. “Our pop-up vendors are usually sweets and crafts.”

In addition, the market has freshly prepared food options such as breakfast tacos and Italian ice, and hosts a rotation of food trucks. New vendors are accepted on its website at https://bityl.co/D4vy.

The market has added seasonal craft markets, which start in April for the spring and in December for winter. These feature performances from local musicians and educational presentations from guests such as experts on reptiles and composting and events representatives from local nonprofit organizations promoting causes such as literacy.

For the summer, the Brookside Village market moved inside at Lawhon to stay out of the heat.

A local answer for supply chain problems

The Brookside Village market was established by a group of backyard farmers and gardeners.

“Many of our founders have loved farmers markets for a long time,” Hancock said. “In addition to finding wonderful sources of local food, we’ve met friends there, gathered with our community and listened to music. We all have wonderful memories that pushed us into starting this market, and it’s been amazing to see the community come together and support the market.”

She believes that farmers markets fulfill an important role.

“We all feel that it’s important to know you have local resources for food. As we’ve seen over the last two years, we can’t always rely on the global supply chain,” she said. “Being able to make connections with farmers, ranchers, food producers and artisans within our community not only helps support those local businesses but also keeps the supply chain close to home.”

In addition to fresh produce, the Old Pearland market welcomes a variety of vendors, including those with homemade sauces and craftwork. For rules and other information about becoming a vendor for that market, visit https://bit.ly/3acw6qE.

Each month, the Old Pearland market highlights a local community organization to which it donates part its proceeds.

Organizers see part of their mission as providing local farms a place to connect to their community.

“What’s really cool is that some of the farms that sometimes pop up are just neighborhood backyard gardeners that just have too much (produce) and want to share it with everybody,” Waguespack said.

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