Cooking publication finds Houston farmers market best in Texas

Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market is tops in the state
  • Urban Harvest Farmers Market singled out as best by Cooking Light magazine.
  • There are more than 8,400 farmers markets in the US.
  • The market has more than 50 vendors and requires that product comes from within 180 miles of Houston.

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According to a recent national survey conducted  by Cooking Light magazine, Urban Harvest Eastside Farmers Market in Houston was chosen as the best farmers market in the Lone Star State. That’s no small accomplishment in the middle of a city that’s in a country that loves it’s local food: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) counts 8,411 operating farmers markets in the U.S. in 2015. That’s up from 8,268 last year, and roughly 5,000 in 2008. The America's 50 Best Farmers' Markets list highlights one market from each state, and provides a favorite recipe from each. "Markets matter. They connect you to a local economy and the pulse of a place," said Cooking Light’s editor Hunter Lewis, in a statement. "The number of farmers markets across the country has grown 371 percent in the last 20 years, fueled by our craving for fresh local food." In the featured recipe for the Texas entry, Sparrow Bar and Cookshop chef Monica Pope spoke of her affection for the mar...