Sunday, October 17, 2010

From Market to Table. Visit The Growers and Artisans At The Southside Farmers Market.

With some of the bad press Corpus Christi has been given for making the list as one of the fattest city in America. We have to give a big Thank You to the Artisans and growers at the Farmers Market .  These are the faces changing the way we eat and live one Saturday at a time, rain or shine.  I had the pleasure of visiting and sharing  stories with these extraordinary growers and artists who are devoted to keeping our city healthy and environmentally green.  Go show your support and visit the Southside Farmers Market on the 5800 block of Everhart in the Market Plaza. Booths open every Saturday at 9:00.  Get there on time because they sell out early. Kid and dog friendly.  For the latest updates check them out on Facebook or at 

Shari The Herb Lady
The herb lady has a large selection of fresh seasonal and dried herbs that she grows and tends from her private garden. All her herbs are chemical free and picked not less then 24 hours before market and stored in water until you take them home.  Shari is always ready to share great recipe ideas for the use and healing properties of her herbs. Visit her at for her harvest of the week.

Buddy and Gayle aka The Sprout Lady
Buddy and Gayle carry a seasonal variety of organic produce and a large variety of organic sprouts.  They sell the most amazing sprouts I have ever tasted.  Buddy and Gayle's story made it apparent to me why everything she sells makes your taste buds dance.  After Buddy retired he turned a hobby and passion into a foodie's dream.  His passion and energy remains in each product they sell.  

greeted with a smile
five varieties of basil
The Green Team
J.W. Chrisholm Farm  
J.W. Chrisholm Farm sells a fresh picked chemical free seasonal variety of produce and herbs.  This is always one of the first tables to go.  Can you blame them when they carry five varieties of fresh basil 

 Meet LolaBella and her Mom Lisa K.
What Lola wants Lola gets!  Doesn't your dog deserve the best!
LolaBelle's sells homemade treats, gifts, and dog food.  When I first met Lola's Mom I was telling her how picky my three little dogs are.  I have wasted so much money on treats and food that my lil babies turn their noses to.  She assured me that will not happen with her treats.  Lola's Mom was right, I have now dubbed her treats Dog Crack.  They just can't get enough!
If you miss Lola at the market you can find her at Phone 361 230-0631

Meet Lisa McCracken
check out the large variety of homemade soaps and lotions 

 EcoSage Company
The EcoSage company sells handmade all natural  soaps, creams and soy candles.  Lisa McCracken makes all her products in her home studio.   One look at Lisa's beautiful glowing skin will keep you coming back for more.  Lisa also provides classes.  Stop by her booth and enjoy the smells.  If you miss Lisa at the market visit her website at
Phone number 361 446-2345

Deborah the Bread Lady
Deborah the Bread Lady sells a yummy variety of all natural good for you breads and sweets. Her varieties include Honey Wheat, Whole Wheat, Pumpernickel, Omega3/Flax and Sprouted Grains on request.  I can't leave out the Cinnamon Rolls, Iced Quick Bread and Cookies.  Make sure you make Deborah one of your first stops, she sells out fast.  Any wonder?

Meet Heather
Windtwirler Paper Performances 
Heather's booth caught my eye with these wonderful jewels shining in the South Texas morning sun. In meeting with the artist she explained to me that her passion for origami started at a very early age and it shows. One look at her work and you will be captured by her intricate pieces.  If you're looking for a unique gift to give or get with a history behind the sculpture, then stop by and visit this unique artist.  Contact Heather at 
Phone Number 361 548-3394

Bea's Market Pottery
recycled fabric aprons and tote bags
Meet Ms. Beatriz Baker from Bea's Market
 Bea takes recycling to an art form.  Bea's Market has a beautiful selection of handmade jewelry, pottery and fabric art made completely from recycled materials.  All her work is one of a kind and unique.  When Bea is not at the Farmers Market she runs a Home School Tutoring service and a pick up/delivery bakeshop.  When does she sleep?  Stop by and visit Bea to shop for that one of kind person in your life.  If you miss her at the market you can contact her at 
Phone Number 361 249-6822

Cool Dude Hot Salsa 
La Familia Salsa Co.
I am addicted to this award winning salsa.  Stop by La Familia Salsa Company and pick
 up a jar or two and I bet you can't eat just one. If you miss La Familia Salsa Co. booth at the Market. You can contact them on their website at
Phone Number 361 215-9285

Meet Mariza Angeles Smith
Iza Publishing Company
Mariza is a tireless community activist opening community gardens all over our city.  She also publishes food, health and community awareness books.  Thank You, Mariza for all your efforts in bringing fresh whole food awareness back to our tables and community.
If you miss Mariza at the Market contact her at
Phone 361 946-2000

 Meet Melissa from Paul's Seafood
Voted the Best of the Best 2008*2009
Pick up some of the freshest seafood available.
If you miss Melissa at the Market.  Visit her at
Paul's Seafood
14454 S.P.I.D
(on the Island)
Phone 361 939-7447 

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