Local Food & Milk

Farmers Market Veggies
Raw Milk
Raw Milk Cheese
Low-temp Pasteurized Milk
Grass-fed Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Eggs from pastured hens, Local Raw Honey
Traditional Fats
Fermented Foods
Vegetables and Fruits
Organic Gardening & Feed Supplies
Delivery Services for Produce, Meat, and More
Local Food Co-ops
Local Cooking Classes
Online Sources of Real Foods
Real Food Restaurants
Edible Wild Plants

Often family farms offer more than one type of product,  so do read through the list to find out where foods are available.  Also, some providers are listed under more than one topic, for example, produce delivery services will be listed under Vegetables and Fruits as well as Delivery Services.

Raw Milk

Cow Milk

  • Calico Dairy a licensed raw cow milk dairy in Conroe, TX, offers milk and cream.  There’s more information in the WAPF Houston post about Calico Dairy.
  • Frerichs Dairy a licensed raw cow milk dairy near LaGrange, TX.  The cows are 100% grassfed and all Jersey.  The dairy also sells cheese and eggs from pastured chickens.
  • Gramen Farm a licensed raw cow and goat milk dairy in Tomball, TX.  They also sell free-range eggs and grassfed beef.
  • Healthyway Dairy, a licensed raw cow milk dairy at 15525 Cedar St., Santa Fe, TX, offering milk and sometimes buttermilk and cream cheese.  They also stock eggs and chickens from Kens Henz.  Email cowsplus@verizon.net or call 409-739-2389.  More about Healthyway Dairy on Real Food Houston.  See a super documentary about life on the Nelson’s Farm at Healthyway Dairy here.
  • Sand Creek Farm & Dairy in Cameron, TX, a licensed raw cow milk dairy offers milk, cheeses, kefir, and yogurt.  Their cows are 100% grassfed even during milking and are gmo-free and soy-free.  They do not use hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals, and their cows will be entirely A2 within a year.  They also offer grassfed beef, pastured pork, and organic vegetables.  Sand Creek Farm Facebook page.
  • Stryk Jersey Farm a licensed raw cow milk dairy near Schulenberg, TX, sells milk, cream, cheese, buttermilk, butter, and sour cream. Address: 629 Krenek Stryk Rd, Schulenburg, TX 78956, Phone: (979) 561-8469.
  • Way Back When Dairy is no longer selling milk in the Houston area. For more information see the Real Food Houston post on Way Back When Dairy being forced out of the Houston market.
  • RealMilk.com and Eatwild.com have additional sources of Grade A raw dairy products.
  • Some delivery services also offer raw milk through pre-paid co-ops.  See Delivery below.

Goat Milk

  • Anala Goat Company a licensed raw goat milk dairy providing milk, cheese, and kefir.
  • Anderson Goats in Gause, TX.  Johan and Marlene Anderson, P.O. Box 24, Gause TX 77857, phone: 214-862-8066 (Marlene) or 214-263-8919 (Johan), email: b-poole@live.com, web: www.AndersonGoats.com. Selling whole milk (Grade A Retail Raw License) from free-range La Mancha and Saanen Goats that also receive some grain at milking. Available to take calls 7am to 10pm (Central time zone), phone to discuss supply options.
  • Little Dairy on the Prairie in Allison, TX. phone: 281-622-9973, email: texanmomof10@yahoo.com (put “real milk” in subject line). Raw goat milk for sale, fresh or frozen.
  • Lonesome Doe Nubians in Cleveland, TX.  phone: 281-592-6914, email: raylee@samlink.com or vickilonesomedoe@hotmail.com (put “Real Milk” in the subject line)
  • Miracle Farm a small hobby farm in Santa Fe, TX. They have raw goat milk, cheese, and soap.  They also have fresh eggs and cow milk butter. All products are upon request and availability. Contact by email or leave a message (indicate what products you want) at 409-925-2566.
  • Proverbs Farm Dairy, raw goat milk, goat cheese, goat whey. Address: 12403 County Road 280, Alvin, TX. The dairy allows farm visits. Contact email: proverbsfarm@gmail.com.  Their cheese can be found at the Galveston’s Own Farmers, Greak’s Smokehouse at Froberg’s in Alvin, Natural Living Organic Co-op in League City, Pearland Old Townsite Farmers Market, Beaumont Farmers Market, and Farmers Market at Imperial in Sugar Land.  Raw goat milk may be bought at the farm.  For more information about the dairy, read chron.com’s article, Goats “labor of love” at Proverbs Farm in Alvin.
  • Swede Farm Dairy in Waller, TX.   Facebook page. Tim or LeeAnne Carlson, Waller TX, phone: 832-659-7070 or 936-931-1863
  • Wateroak farms a licensed raw goat milk dairy providing milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream, both raw and lightly pasteurized. Low-temp pasteurized products can be found at farmers’ markets, local health food stores, and select Whole Foods.

The Real Milk Finder on RealMilk.com lists additional sources of raw milk in Texas and other states.

Raw Milk Cheese

  • Brazos Valley Cheese produces excellent raw milk cheese that is available for sale online as well as at local stores, including Whole Foods and Houston Dairymaids. Their cheeses include cheddar, brie, cheddar, and gouda plus Brazos specialty cheeses.
  • Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese, in Granbury, Texas, offers raw cow milk cheese made with Grade A raw milk from naturally grazed, organically herded dairy cows from Sandy Creek Farm in Bridgeport, Texas.  Contact:  Info@EagleMountainCheese.Com; Phone:  817-579-0090.  Eagle Mountain Cheese is available in some Houston restaurants, including Haven.  See Real Food Restaurants at Real Food Houston.
  • Houston Dairymaids offers cheese & specialty foods, including raw milk cheeses. They are located at 2201 Airline Drive, Houston 77009. The shop is open Tuesday through Sunday. You can also order online. Their raw milk cheeses are from Texas cheese makers, including Brazos Valley, Veldhuizen, and Sand Creek.
  • Veldhuizen Texas Farmhouse Cheese, in Dublin, Texas, offers a wide variety of raw milk cheeses, including cheddar, jalapeno cheddar, and Bosque Blue. Their cheese may be bought online and at Houston Dairymaids.

Low-temperature Pasteurized, Not-homogenized Milk

  • Mill-King Market & Creamery markets a low-temp pasteurized, not-homogenized milk in Houston.  The cows are primarily grass-fed and their supplement is non-GMO.  They are given no antibiotics and no hormones.  Mill-King milk, cream, and cheese can be bought at Revival Market and the Montrose, Bellaire, and Kirby Whole Foods Markets.  Other Houston businesses use Mill-King milk and cream, including Trentino Gelato and these coffee shops: Antidote, Black Hole, Double Trouble, and Catalina.  Mill-King milk is also delivered by Greenling.  Read more about Mill-King dairy on Real Food Houston.
  • Wateroak farms markets lightly pasteurized goat milk products, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream. Low-temp pasteurized products can be found at farmers’ markets, local health food stores, and select Whole Foods.  Wateroak farms also offers raw milk products for sale only at their farm.

Grassfed Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken, Eggs from Pastured Chickens, and Local Raw Honey [Back to top]

  • The Barry Farm in Sugarland, TX, raises white dorper sheep and lambs, Heritage Breed Red Wattle hogs.  They have a CSA delivery for eggs from pastured chickens.  They also have local raw honey.  The feed for their heritage breed  hogs is non-gmo and soy free.
  • Dustin’s Eggs – Dustin Hoeinghaus, Weimar, TX, provides eggs from pastured chickens that are drug free. The supplemental feed is grown using sustainable practices and is not  genetically modified (GM). Contact Dustin at 512-423-5386. In addition to selling eggs at local farmers markets, Dustin supplies eggs to Feast restaurant.
  • Georgia’s Texas Grassfed Beef is an organic farm located in Waller, TX.  Contact phone: 979-921-0000 and email: sales@txgrassfedbeef.com.  They also sell meats at Houston area farmers markets.
  • Gulf Coast Honey Bee Farms, Pearland, TX, sells local raw honey at the Nassau Bay Farmers Market. They also do bee removals and education programs.
  • Harrison Hog Farms is a family farm that offers pork, lamb, and goat.  The animals are raised on pasture and receive no antibiotics, growth enhancers, or chemicals.
  • Jeremiah Cunningham’s World’s Best Eggs are produced at Coyote Creek Farm by chickens fed 100% soy-free organic feed that is milled fresh daily at Coyote Creek Organic Feed Mill. Beginning February 14, 2012, the eggs are available at Whole Foods Markets in the Southwest Region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana).  For more information, contact Cameron Molberg, email: Cameron@CoyoteCreekFarm.org.
  • Jim’s Roost in Dickinson, TX, sells eggs from pastured chickens. They are non-gmo and non-soy.  They also have chicks.  Jim’s Roost on Facebook.
  • Joyful Noise Farms in Santa Fe, TX, sells eggs from pastured chickens at the Clear Lake Shores farmers market and Galveston Island Market at Saengerfest Park.
  • Kens Henz and Hatchery and Feeds in Santa Fe, TX, has eggs from pastured chickens and chicken meat.  Non-GMO and non-soy eggs are available.  The chickens are not medicated.  You can buy Kens eggs at the Galveston Farmers Market and at Healthyway Dairy.
  • Law Ranch Cattle Company is a family farm that offers grass-fed and grass-finished beef.
  • Lucky Lizard Ranch is a family farm with dairy cows, eggs, bees, and heritage pigs. They usually have kombucha scobys, sourdough starter, and firewood. When available they have honey, herbs, and produce. They welcome farm tours by appointment.
  • The Medina Farm, located in Wharton, TX, has soy-free and gmo-free pastured chickens and eggs, seasonal herbs, berries, and vegetables.  They also offer doTerra essential oils, natural cleaning products and goat milk soaps, lotions and body butters.  The Medina Farm Facebook page.  Contact email: debrapmedina@gmail.com.  Phone: 979-253-0220.
  • Paidom Meats in Nazareth, TX, has grass-fed beef, pastured lamb, pork, chicken, and goat, including organ meats and bones.  Eggs are also available.  Order online for Houston area delivery.
  • Sand Creek Farm in Cameron, TX, offers grassfed beef, pastured pork, and organic vegetables.
  • Yonder Way Farm is a family farm in Fayetteville, TX, which has grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free-range corn-free and soy-free chickens and eggs.  They also offer local raw honey, Pinca Pura Vida produce boxes,  and pickup and delivery (pre-paid) of Stryk’s raw milk. Check their website for delivery locations; there are many around the Houston area.  You can also learn more about the farm on their Facebook page.
  • Eatwild.com has additional sources of Texas grassfed beef, eggs from pastured chickens, and raw dairy products.
  • Some farmers market vendors sell ungraded yard eggs from pastured chickens, but be sure to ask how they supplement their feed because almost all poultry farmers supplement their chickens’ free-range feeding. If they grow their own supplemental feed using organic practices or buy organic feed, their eggs are GMO-free (free of genetically modified organisms). If they buy conventional feed that includes corn or soy, the feed probably contains GMOs. Almost all  corn and soy grown in the USA is GMO.

Traditional Fats [Back to top]

  • Lard and beef suet are available at Revival Market on Heights Blvd. The lard is rendered from Mangalitsa pork produced by Revival Meats in Yoakum, TX.

Fermented Foods

  • Feel Swell fermented beverages are available at area farmers markets, including Urban Harvest on Sundays and Grogan’s Mill on Saturdays. Current beverages include ginger soda, strawberry soda, and beet kvass. Some of the beverages may also be purchased on line. All ingredients are organic or local.
  • Kickin’ Kombucha is a Houston company that sells locally made kombucha at many stores They use local ingredients whenever possible and compost spent tea and botanicals.

Vegetables and Fruits (includes CSAs and delivery services) [Back to top]

  • Animal Farm in Cat Spring, TX, has a large variety of organic vegetables and fruits year round.  Their produce can be found in Houston at Rice University Farmers Market and Urban Harvest Farmers Market.  Animal Farm Facebook page.
  • Basket Case Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) from Utility Research Garden in Lake Jackson, TX, offers delivery of vegetables and fruits.  The farm practices “Natural Agriculture, no pesticides (organic or otherwise) no fertilizers at all, no herbicides.”  Contact David Cater, phone 512-626-9825 or sign-up online.
  • Blackwood Bounty (formerly Twin Persimmon Farms) in Hempstead, TX. The farm is managed sustainably and specializes in gourmet vegetable varieties. They have a CSA program. Contact Hans Hansen, farmer and horticulturist, PO Box 725, Hempstead, TX 77445, 832-418-2901.
  • Central City Co-Op: Houston’s original organic co-op.  Members can order fruits and veggies on-line.
  • Farmigo – a website that helps you find a farm in your local area where you can buy fresh produce.  There are several listed in the Houston area.
  • Fruits ‘N Such Orchard in Dickinson, TX, is a pick-your-own farm with peaches, blackberries, herbs, and assorted vegetables.  Conventionally grown but local and fresh.  Only open from about May 1 when blackberries are ripe through June 30.  You pick what you want and pay by the pound.
  • Funky Monkey Farms at the corner of Burton and House Streets in Alvin, TX, offers a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs, picked daily.  They also have starter plants for home gardeners and eggs from pastured chickens.  Their farming practices do use some chemical fertilizers but no pesticides.
  • Home Sweet Farm in Brenham, Houston’s First & Largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  There are several Houston pick-up sites.
  • Just Peachy Farms in Palestine, TX.  The farm uses organic practices and offers a wide variety of local, fresh vegetables and fruits.  They sell produce at the Nassau Bay Farmers Market at Erma’s Nutrition Center and also the Kemah Farmers Market.
  • Rawfully Organic Co-op, offers boxes of fruits and vegetables, mostly organic (and labeled if not). Half or full shares are available as well as all fruit shares and all local shares. The co-op also has an online store that offers items like kitchen accessories, books, and glassware.
  • The Medina Farm, located in Wharton, TX, has seasonal herbs, berries, and vegetables.  They also offer doTerra essential oils, natural cleaning products and goat milk soaps, lotions and body butters.  The Medina Farm Facebook page.  Medina Farm also sells soy-free and gmo-free pastured chickens and eggs.  Contact email: debrapmedina@gmail.com.  Phone: 979-253-0220.
  • Winter Family Farm in Santa Fe, TX. Fresh local produce year-round. Produce can be found at the Nassau Bay Farmers’ Market, Saturdays, 10 – 2.  You may contact the farm by email or phone at 281-989-4219.
  • Wood Duck Farm, located in San Jacinto County,offers a CSA for vegetables and fruits.  There is delivery to some areas of Houston. They are not certified organic but use sustainable farming methods.  They use natural fertilizers and fungicides and pesticides with OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) labels.  Contact phone: 713-876-8645.  Email: csa@woodduckfarm.com.
  • Locally grown vegetables and fruits are also available at many Houston area farmers’ markets.

Organic Gardening & Feed Supplies [Back to top]

  • Coyote Creek Farm and  Feed Mill, Elgin, TX – organic feed mill, pastured eggs, grass-fed beef.
  • Heights Plant Farm – 2521 N Durham Houston, TX 77008, 713-868-7990, for organic gardening and landscaping services.
  • Nature’s Way Resources, Conroe, TX – an organically based source of gardening and landscaping supplies, for compost, mulch, and plants.
  • Quality Feed and Garden Company – 4428 North Main Street, Houston, TX,  713-862-2323.  Not all of their feed is organic but they do carry Coyote Creek organic feed and natural farm and garden treatments, and their prices are very reasonable.  The owner is an advocate of organic gardening and will be glad to talk about it.
  • Wabash Antiques & Feed Store – 5701 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX, 713-863-8322, carries Coyote Creek organic feed and other organic farm and gardening supplies.

Delivery Services for Produce, Meat, and More

  • Farmhouse Delivery, local organic produce delivery in Houston. On-line ordering.
  • Greenling, a delivery service for organic food, operates in Houston. Food orders are made on-line and delivery is to your door. Food choices include produce, meat, and Mill-King dairy products.
  • Houston Farm to Home, a home delivery service for 100% Grass-Fed Beef, 100% Grass-Fed Lamb, Pasture Raised Chicken, Pasture Raised Pork, Free Range Eggs, local raw honey, Raw Milk Co-op, and much more.
  • Yonder Way Farm is a family farm in Fayetteville, TX, which has grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free-range corn-free and soy-free chickens and eggs.  They also offer local raw honey, Pinca Pura Vida produce boxes, and pickup and delivery (pre-paid) of Stryk’s raw milk. Check their website for delivery locations; there are many around the Houston area.  You can also learn more about the farm on their Facebook page.

Local Food Co-ops

  • Central City Co-Op is Houston’s original organic co-op.  Members can order fruits and vegetables on-line.
  • Natural Living Food Co-op, League City, offers weekly produce shares and co-op ordering of a wide variety of bulk foods, from flours and grains to frozen meats, fruits and vegetables. You must be a member to order. Many of the foods are gluten-free and/or organic. There is a limited delivery area.  There is a Friday afternoon market that is open to both members and non-members.  Beef bone broth from grassfed cows is available at the Friday market.
  • Rawfully Organic Co-op, offers boxes of fruits and vegetables, mostly organic (and labeled if not). Half or full shares are available as well as all fruit shares and all local shares. The co-op also has an online store that offers items such as kitchen accessories, books, and glassware.

Local Cooking Classes

  • My Life Delicious for classes in traditional cooking.  All recipes are gluten-free with dairy and egg free options.  Classes include how to ferment vegetables and fruits, baking with coconut flour, and more. The instructor is Amy Robison, Traditional Foods Cook and Nutrition Consultant.

Online Sources for Real Foods

  • If you can’t find local sources of the real foods you need, Real Food Houston has a Resources page that has online sources of meats, fats & oils, legumes, nuts and seeds, natural sweeteners, fermented foods, grains & flours, culturing supplies, and more.  Beyond food related needs, the resources page includes sources for organic clothing and mattresses, personal care products, and cleaning supplies.
  • For iPhone users the WAPF has a Shopping Guide app. Real Food Mobile.  To find the app, enter “wapf” in the app search box.  A browser version of the Shopping Guide is in work which will be accessible from any smart phone or other device connected to the internet.
  • Real Bone Broth – ships frozen chicken and beef bone broth. Their broth is made with Weston A. Price Foundation preparation methods.

Real Food Restaurants [Back to top]

If you are interested in finding Houston area restaurants that are trying to move toward more healthful practices in food selection and preparation, such as using local produce, organic foods, grassfed beef, etc., visit the Real Food Restaurants page at RealFoodHouston.

Edible Wild Plants [Back to top]

Many wild plants are edible and nutritious.  To find out more about local Texas wild plants, check out Merriwether’s Guide to Edible Wild Plants of Texas and the Southwest.  Merriwether is a Houston, TX, researcher who teaches an edible wild plants class at the Houston Arboretum.

Contact us or leave a comment if you know of other local sources of real food.

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  3. corey Jones says:

    need a source for real grass fed butter in houston

    • Carolyn says:

      I know of two Houston area raw milk, grass fed dairies that sell butter–Stryk’s Dairy and Pure Milk Farms, both listed under Raw Milk above. I have tried both and they’re good. The listing for Miracle Farm says that they sometimes have cow milk butter, but I haven’t tried theirs or visited their farm.

    • S.G.N. says:

      Gramen Farms in Tomball sells raw milk butter from grass-fed Jersey cows, as well as grass-fed beef. They also have co-ops in various parts of the Houston area. There’s a link to their Web site in the listing above.

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  9. Dawn Killian says:

    Hello,

    Two weekends ago girlfriends and I ventured to Calico Dairy in Conroe and treated ourselves to a selection of raw milk, raw cheeses,kefier,kambucha, organic meats & bones for making bone broth… The staff was friendly the animals were clean and friendly, the cheesemaker was happy and busy.

    It’s my first step in this adventure , however I definitely recommend a trip if you are in the region.

    Respectfully,

    Dawn

  10. Sara J says:

    Curious what it takes to get a local resource put on this list? I use A Better Way Beef for my meat and Houston Farm to Home (which is like a co-op) for my milk and Rawfully Organic (they have local boxes) for produce.

    • Hi Sara,

      Your suggestions are what we need. I have already looked up A Better Way Beef, and they seem to be exactly what we are looking for. I will check out all of your suggestions, and maybe I can add them soon.

      We appreciate the information. Houston is such a large area that it is difficult to know about all the resources in the area.

      Thanks!

    • All of your suggestions, plus some others, have been added to the Food Resource page. Thanks for taking the time to let us know about these food sources.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Y’all should add Pure Milk Farms in Winnie, TX. It’s about 70 miles East of Houston, but they do drop offs in Houston Heights every other Saturday, as well as a couple of other cities in the area. Delicious milk from 100% grass-fed cows, and the prices are very affordable. They also do cream, cheese, yogurt, kefir, and soured tortillas. I sought them out ’cause we drink cream (rather than milk) and it is one of the only places that sells it in quart sizes (rather than tiny pint or 1/2 pint sizes). Wonderful folks, and super communicative. Reachable by either phone or email real easy.

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