Find quality healthy foods and treats at Rice University

Farmer's Market is a great option for healthy eating and it's held outside Rice University stadium
November 7, 2013 1:49:25 AM PST
If you are looking for an alternative to healthy eating and living, a Farmer's Market might be a great option for you and your family.

The Rice Farmer's Market is in a new location and it's all about local food and local products to support local families.

The jams and jellies are pure, the produce fresh even the dog bones are all organic. It's the Rice University Farmer's Market.

"Mainly we are a market that has local produce and agricultural goods that come to us within a 200 mile radius. "We have free range chickens, free range pork, we have produce, prepared foods, bread," said Beth Leaver with Rice Farmer's Market.

Shoppers can sample almost everything at the market.

Vendors like Steve Maloof says they are all about using fresh ingredients.

"We don't use any artificial ingredients, no high fructose corn syrup and everything is made within a week or so it hasn't been sitting on a grocery store shelf," Maloof said.

It's a bit pricey at $12 a jar, but you are getting something you can't find anywhere else like pistachio butter, strawberry mango and blackberry basil jam.

Vendor, Fressco Foods, is known for their fresh soups.

"I do everything from scratch," said owner Thelma Portillo.

And like most of the vendors, the inspiration comes from their own families.

"I have been a chef for 15 years and I have two kids that I want (them) to grow up and healthy and in a good environment," Portillo said.

"I like clean food," said shopper Maria Mazzarella. "That's how I live. That's how I live healthy."

The market carries some of the most unusual foods like goat milk caramel and sweet and spicy almonds.

For your dogs, there are organic fruits or vegetable based doggy treats.

"With so many things going with the treats and things coming from China, you want to make sure you are getting healthy food for your dogs," said Ron Howald with

Expect to pay more for items at the Farmer's Market versus the grocery store but remember everything there is fresh, organic plus you are helping support local farmers.

Correction: Rice Farmers Market is open 3:30-6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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