Urban Harvest started in 1994 as a single urban community garden project that bloomed into many other projects. Its farmers markets – the Urban Harvest Saturday Farmers Market, the Northeast Community Farmers Market, and the City Hall Local Lunch Market – is just one of the many undertakings this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization has initiated. With the intent to “(enrich) the Houston community by providing community garden programming, farmers markets, gardening classes, and youth education“, the first garden project planted the seeds for “a more interconnected local food system”.
The Saturday Farmers Market started in 2004 and grew into one of Texas’ largest farmers markets with over 70 producers and vendors attending the market year-round, rain or shine. The Northeast Community Farmers Market provides added accessibility to fresh produce with a seasonal market every 1st and 3rd Saturday during summer.
The City Hall Local Lunch Market, meanwhile, is a newer venture that takes advantage of the weekday traffic in the area. This Fall/Spring market focuses on prepared and hot foods, and brings Urban Harvest’s efforts full circle. The vendors at this location source their ingredients mostly from the local farms and growers also present at the Saturday markets.