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
Vegetables and Fruits
Organic Gardening & Feed Supplies
Delivery Services for Produce, Meat, and More
Local Food Co-ops
Online Sources of Real Foods
Real Food Restaurants
Edible Wild Plants

Often family farms offer more than one 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

  • 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
  • Pure Milk Farms a licensed raw cow milk dairy near Winnie, TX, sells milk, cream, cheese, butter, whey protein and free range eggs when available.  The cows are 100% grass-fed, no grain, no soy, and no GMO’s.  The farm produces and feed the cows organic sprouts grown on the farm using a hydroponic sprouting system, and is the first and only dairy farm in Texas to use the system.  Contact Kelvin by email or call 713-261-6409.  For more information about Kelvin’s dairy farm and raw milk, here’s an April 8, 2011, article (pdf of print version) from the Beaumont Enterprise on Pure Milk Farms. [Link to story in Beaumont Enterprise online.]
  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Healthyway Dairy, a licensed raw cow milk dairy at 15525 Cedar St., Santa Fe, TX, offering milk and sometimes yard eggs, buttermilk, and cream cheese.  Email cowsplus@verizon.net or call 409-739-2389.  More about Healthyway Dairy on Real Food Houston.
  • Some delivery services also offer raw milk through pre-paid co-ops.  See Delivery below.

Goat Milk

  • 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.
  • Wateroak farms a licensed raw goat milk dairy providing milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream, both raw and lightly pasteurized. Products can be found at farmers’ markets, local health food stores, and select Whole Foods.
  • Anala Goat Company a licensed raw goat milk dairy providing milk, cheese, and kefir
  • 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

The Where Can I Find Real Milk page on RealMilk.com lists additional sources of raw milk in Texas and other states.

Raw Milk Cheese

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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]

  • Law Ranch Cattle Company is a family farm that offers grass-fed and grass-finished beef ‘
  • Yonder Way Farm is a family farm in Fayetteville, TX, which has grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free-range chickens and eggs.  Check their website for delivery locations.  You can also learn more about the farm on their Facebook page.
  • A Better Way in Washington County offers grass-fed beef, pastured lamb, goat, chicken, and wild hog, plus eggs from pastured hens.  You can order online and delivery is available to Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.
  • 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.
  • Kens Henz and Hatchery and Feeds in Santa Fe, TX, has eggs from pastured chickens and chicken meat.  The feed is non-GMO and non-soy.  The chickens are not medicated.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Blackwood Bounty (formerly Twin Persimmon Farms) in Hempstead, TX. The farm is managed sustainably and specializes in gourmet vegetable varieties. They have a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Contact Hans Hansen, farmer and horticulturist, PO Box 725, Hempstead, TX 77445, 832-418-2901.
  • Home Sweet Farm in Brenham, Houston’s First & Largest Community Supported Agriculture (CSA).  There are several Houston pick-up sites.
  • Central City Co-Op: Houston’s original organic co-op.  Members can order fruits and veggies on-line.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Locally grown vegetables and fruits are also available at many Houston area farmers’ markets.

Organic Gardening & Feed Supplies [Back to top]

Delivery Services for Produce, Meat, and More

  • 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 dairy.
  • Farmhouse Delivery, local organic produce delivery in Houston. On-line ordering.
  • 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.

Local Food Co-ops

  • 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.
  • Central City Co-Op is Houston’s original organic co-op.  Members can order fruits and vegetables on-line.
  • 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.

Online Sources for Real Foods

  • If you can’t find local sources of the real foods you need, Sarah Pope at The Healthy Home Economist has a list of online sources, including meat, fats, nut butters, natural sweeteners, fermented foods, grains, culturing supplies, and more.  This page may include affiliate links.
  • Another excellent food resource page is on Real Food Forager.  The listings include real foods, cleaning supplies, and  personal care items. This page may include affiliate links.
  • For iPhone users the WAPF has a Shopping Guide app.  To find the app, enter “wapf” in the app search box.  The Android version of the Shopping Guide is in work.
  • Real Bone Broth – ships frozen chicken and beef bone broth. Their broth is made with Weston A. Price Foundation preparation methods.
  • For organic herbs, spices, and seeds visit Indus Organics.

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.com.

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.

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