The Houston Farmers Market on Airline Drive traces its beginnings back to the early 1940’s.
The market plans began under unique circumstances when farmers from the agricultural areas surrounding Houston experienced difficulties finding venues to sell their produce.
The farmers took action and launched a campaign to acquire commitments from 500 of their own to exclusively utilize a proposed cooperative market for the sale of their goods. This, along with monetary investments, was achieved quickly. On July 14, 1941 the Farmer’s Cooperative Marketing Association of Houston, Texas acquired 9.5 acres to begin its operations.
Running the market was no easy feat. The farmers experienced trying times, but with hard work and dedication, the market has flourished for more than 75 years. Subsequent property acquisitions have seen it grow into the nearly 18-acre complex of retail and wholesale fruits, vegetables and related items it has become today.
In 2017, the Farmer’s Cooperative Marketing Association of Houston elected to sell the market to MLB Capital Partners, a commercial real estate investment company in Houston. Over the next three years, MLB Capital Partners plans to transform the Houston Farmers Market into a destination retail experience offering more diversified products, renovated facilities and community programming with the goal of creating value for its vendors and guests.