Better Parking, Better Timing, Better be there starting October 21
Howdy Farm wishes to address two major issues with farmers markets in the BCS area: 1) where on earth to park and 2) why are farmers markets so early in the morning. We are in a college town after all and as students, we see the need for a market that is held at a convenient time for non-morning people and students in classes as well as provides enough space so that parking is not an obstacle.
The new Northgate Farmers Market will have its grand opening this Tuesday, October 21. The market will continually be held on Tuesday evenings from 4 pm until 7 pm at the A&M United Methodist Church parking lot. The lot is on the corner of Church Avenue and College Main behind Northgate. The market will occur on a weekly basis for now. We will take a short break over the Christmas holidays, and will therefor not hold a market on the 23rd and 30th of December. We hope to continue the market throughout the school year and even into summer if it does well.
This market will be different from the Blackwater Draw Northgate Market held last Spring 2014. We have addressed complaints about parking and now have a lot more space to work with. The market will be more easily accessible to customers as they can park directly in the A&M United Methodist Church lot where vendors will also be located. We also have room to expand in the future thanks to the large lot. With the space, vendors can be more spread out and customers will have more room to move freely from booth to booth, which will make their market experience more enjoyable.
With the new market opening, Howdy Farm will continue to hold Shop Hours (Howdy Farm’s on campus market) on Thursdays only, 1 to 5 pm. Tuesdays will be dedicated to the Northgate Farmers Market 4 to 7 pm featuring Howdy Farm and a wealth of other vendors to provide more variety to our customers. This will also address parking issues at the farm during shop hours due to the hassle of parking on campus.
We do not currently have a list of vendors to release. However, produce and goods available to customers may include organically grown veggies, eggs, jams and jellies, pickles, assorted ceramics, goat’s milk soaps, candles and more. Everything sold will be local, home grown and Texas-made.
While addressing parking issues and the inconvenience of an early morning market, Howdy Farm hopes to see an increase in the younger generation of customers. We want to get the youth of BCS more involved in local agriculture. The market’s goal is to reach a younger crowd and make it easier for students to eat healthy. Students often find eating fresh is difficult and expensive. At the market, we provide local, organic produce at a reasonable price.
The market goes until evening to allow our working customers and families to join the fun, too. Families can easily park and bring kids to the market. Working individuals can drive over after a hard day’s work and refresh with fresh goods. We want to keep our customer base while expanding to get more students involved in the local movement.
We would love to host entertainment at the market. If you or someone you know is interested in singing, strumming, drumming, or whatever else, send an inquiry to our Farm Manager to see how we can work together. If you are a local grower or craftsman interested in being a vendor, please reach out. For any entertainment or vendor inquiries, please contact the farmers’ market manager on the contact page. For any press inquiries, please contact the public relations officer listed on the contact page.
For updated information on the market, visit and like the Northgate Farmers Market Facebook event page (NGFarmersMarket) and stay tuned with the Howdy Farm Facebook page (TAMUHowdyFarm).