So you’re on board with buying local but where can you do that in the Houston area?

I’m about to blow your mind with this list! I started searching out places in the area and putting a list together for myself with an emphasis on The Woodlands/Spring/Conroe side of Houston (because that’s where I am!). I realized while asking around and exploring that many others were looking for places to buy local as well, so why not share my work?

Many of these recommendations were given to me by Justin Duncan of TOFGA (Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) after taking his organic gardening class at a recent Healthy Living/Vegan/Vegetarians of The Woodlands meet-up. Side note: If you’re looking for a group to join or network with, please join us! You do NOT have to be vegan or vegetarian. In fact, most members aren’t. You just have to be interested in learning about living a healthier lifestyle.

Now onto this list. I’ve compiled a combination of markets, CSAs, pick-your-own farms, orchards and agritourism destinations. Which one will you cross off the list first?

Atkinson Farm: 3217 Spring Cypress Road, Spring, TX 77388. Fresh strawberries and other seasonal locally grown produce, pick-your-own options available.

Chmielewski Farm: 23810 Bauer Hockley Road, Hockley, TX 77447

Cooper Farms Peaches: 2600 Longmire Road, Conroe, TX 77304 (Woodbury Community Gardens). Roadside stand selling peaches and more.

Georgia’s Farm to Market: 9201 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX. Local organic produce and grass fed, pastured meats, poultry and eggs, an amazing array of loose teas, herbs, and spices, and a coffee bar with freshly prepared meals including paleo and vegan.

Greenlife Aquaponics: Spring, Texas 77386

Grogan’s Mill Farmer’s Market: 7 Switchbud Place, Spring, TX 77380. Every Saturday from 8am- noon.

Home Sweet Farm: 7800 FM 2502, Brenham, TX 77833. CSA delivers fresh produce to Cypress, Spring, The Woodlands, Katy, The Heights, Houston/Breaswood, Oak Forest, Mid-Town and Sugar Land areas.

Last Organic Outpost: 711 Emile St, Houston, TX 77006

Matt Family Orchard: 21110 Bauer-Hockley Rd, Tomball, TX

Moorhead Blueberry Farm: 19531 Moorhead Road, Conroe, TX

P-6 Farms: 9963 Pooles Road, Montgomery, TX 77356

Plant it Forward: Several locations in Houston. Plant It Forward offers economically disadvantaged refugees an opportunity to become self-sufficient through growing, harvesting and selling produce from a sustainable urban farm within the city of Houston. Each farm will have the potential to generate a fair wage for a family of four while providing premium brand sustainably-grown produce to Houstonians. Plant It Forward secures land, selects, trains, and mentors farmers and establishes each on their own urban farm to sell under the Plant It Forward brand.

Proverbs Farm & Dairy: 12403 C.R. 280, Alvin TX 77511. Fresh goats milk is available for on-farm purchase as well as fresh goat cheese, soaps and lotions. Yogurt and kefir are available as the milk supply allows.

Rawfully Organic Co-Op: 3400 Bissonett, Houston 77005.

Sustainable Harvesters: 23144 Hegar, Hockley TX. Offers aquaponic supplies and equipment as well as produce and fish grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO’s, or growth hormones.

Urban Harvest Community Gardens: A nonprofit organization with three hardworking programs at its core: Community Gardens, gardening and youth Education, and Farmers Markets. Urban Harvest inspires and empowers people of diverse backgrounds to grow and share healthy foods, in the process enriching the Houston area.

Veriditas Farm & Garden: 806 Lehman Street, Houston 77018. Offers vegetables, herbs and eggs grown using natural methods, Living Off the Land dinners and cooking classes, urban farming classes and event space rental.

Wabash Nursery: 5701 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007. Houston’s organic gardening headquarters. They offer combination of organic feed, natural pet foods, fertilizer, plants, poultry, hardware and antiques.

If you have a suggestion you think should be added or that I should check out, please let me know!