By Elsa Maxey
It’s because of the thousands coming out to the Farmers Market, kicked off this fall in Sugar Land, that is partly the driving force making it an all year round offering.
“Vendors are raving about the success of the Farmers Market at Imperial and support our decision to make it an ongoing event,” said Keri Schmidt, president of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Julie Hammond of Hammond Farms, who sells goat cheese, soaps and lotion said, “A year-round market is better for us and the shopper.”
There’s produce galore, said the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and it’s probably what adds the other dimension to the event’s success in the sweet city.
When the event started in October, it was to be held every Saturday at the sugar factory redevelopment site on U.S. 90A and Ulrich Street until the first week of December. But, after the first month that turned out large gatherings witnessed from the first day on with about 5,000 participants on day one, organizers probably saw the obvious. It turned out to be more enjoyable than just purchasing locally grown produce, because one gets to sample and buy foods and goods, watch cooking demos and enjoy outdoor activities and entertainment. Being there has also been about developing relationships, even with the produce growers.
In many areas farmers markets take place seasonally, like only in the summer or fall, but here, that’s now set to happen every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. rain or shine, according to organizers. This Saturday, November 5, music will be by Westbound, Chef Randy Evans will demonstrate Texas regional cuisine, soap demos, and more fun like learning how to start a butterfly garden will be presented by the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.
At the time of the announcement of the extended Farmers Market offering, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce also made known that the Imperial Sugar Land site will be the new venue of the Grand Wine & Food Affair’s annual “Sip and Stoll” to take place April 21, 2012. The casual wine and food tasting event has previously taken place at Sienna Plantation. “The Farmers Market and the Sip & Stroll are the type of high-quality events that residents can expect at Imperial Sugar Land for years to come,” said Shay Shafie, General Manager of Imperial Sugar Land.
So, if you haven’t been there, get ready to take in Imperial Sugar Land’s park-like setting, picnic tables under the oak trees, and enjoy produce purchases while gathering with friends neighbors. On site there will be ready-to-eat items from Berryhill, Grande Tamales, Udipi Café Sugar Land, Pork Side BBQ and Grill, Teresitas Café and Keba Hut. Free parking provides easy access to the market.