As part of my business, I have been visiting vendors at several of the local Farmer's markets. The Bayou City Market, open Saturdays AM from 8 - 12 off Richmond, is a fantastic market with a wide diversity of products grown or made by people in or around Houston. There is another market open Tuesday Evenings, near the Rice U athletic facilities, where you will find many of the same vendors and others.

Yesterday, I met 2 of the daughters of the delightful Carlson family at the Farmer's Market at Onion Creek in the Heights on Saturday mornings. Their dairy is called Swede Farm Dairy and is northwest of Magnolia. They sell goat's milk, cheese, and yogurt that they make themselves from the milk they collect twice a day from their herd of goats. It's pasteurized, by state law, but you can even get raw milk if you pick it up at their farm.

The girls let me sample their vanilla bean yogurt and chocolate goats milk. Wonderful stuff! I had neither cash or check but was already planning to go to the Bayou City Market where you can buy 'market bucks" with a credit card and make purchases from the 50 or so vendors there. This I did and came away with a quart of vanilla bean yogurt and met the mother, LeeAnne, and another one of the daughters. www.swedefarm.com to learn more about them.

For several months I had been seeing the spicy, red-haired vendor of various goat cheeses at the Bayou City Market. The goat dairy farm of Lisa Seger and her husband Christian, called Blue Heron Farm, is only 4 miles from the Swede Farm. I have not had any of her cheese but have always enjoyed her booth. Goat cheese just didn't sound appetizing to me. Now that I've seen the Blue Heron website www.blueherontexas.com, she makes it sound so delicious that I'm going to make it a point to get some of her feta cheese next time.

I invite you to visit one of the wonderful farmer's markets, which exist to make it possible for farmers and even backyard gardeners to make their fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats from naturally raised animals, and other products available to the public. Be sure to find these 2 dairy farmers' booths when you do.

Locally grown food is a increasing trend.

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