Imperial Farmers Market brings healthy food, fun to Sugar Land
By Michael Sudhalter
Sugar Land resident Kim Broom always looks forward to Saturday mornings and for good reason.
She’s a vendor at the Imperial Farmers Market in Sugar Land, which takes place rain or shine, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. each Saturday (with the exception of the day after Christmas) at 198 Kempner St.
“The Imperial Farmer’s Market is a big part of the redevelopment of North Sugar Land,” Brooms said. “It’s brought attention to the history of the heart and soul of Sugar Land. The location of the Farmers Market is special. Being amongst these buildings. anyone who comes here can almost feel the history. There’s an excellent vibe here – people are happy when they come here.”
The Farmers Market started five years ago, as a collaboration between the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and local residents.
There are 30-to-50 vendors – including many regulars – who appear each week, and there’s usually a food truck and live entertainment.
The area is growing rapidly as part of a mixed-use retail development that will include an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater, a loft hotel, restaurants and shopping, but the Farmer’s Market will remain part of the mix.
“We may get bounced around, but the long-term plan is for us to be in the Promenade Area of the Imperial Marketplace as a permanent future home,” Broom said.
Imperial – one of only a few Farmer’s Markets in Fort Bend County and the only one in Sugar Land – proudly sells everything from produce and jellies to crafts and jewelry. They do have an emphasis on companies that make their products in Texas.
Carol Marek of Gundermann Acres in Wharton County enjoys making the trip north each week.
“I love seeing the people come out, and I love visiting with them,” Marek said.
Imperial’s Farmer’s Market has also been the launching point for entrepreneurs.
Two standalone restaurants – Off The Vine in Missouri City and Juice It Raw in Sugar Land – started as booths at the Farmer’s Market.
And James Nelson, one of the founders of Bravado Sauce, finished fourth on Fox’s “Master Chef” show.
There is something for everyone at the Farmer’s Market, and it’s only $25 per week to purchase a booth.