Shoppers who are looking for the Braeswood Farmers Market at its Bellaire location this morning (Saturday, July 9) will find an empty parking lot instead.
The itinerant market has been forced into another move, landing four miles away in the parking lot at the Westbury Baptist Church, 10425 Hillcroft St. at Willowbend Boulevard, where it will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
“I’m glad to say that they have welcomed us in with open arms,” founder Michael Babajanov announced this week on the market’s Facebook page. It’s the fourth location in the southwest Houston area for the three-year-old venture.
“If you trust the vendors and you enjoy the market, there should be no reason why you shouldn’t continue to come out and support the vendors,” Babajanov said in what he said was a response to complaints about the market relocating too far from the Bellaire site.
Babajanov described the notice to move as “sudden” and created a series of videos this week to keep customers informed. He said he was told a contract had been executed on the old Randalls market in Bellaire, precipitating the ouster.
Kimco Realty did not respond to a request for information about the Braeswood market’s removal and the new tenant, and Cheryl Bright, community relations administrator for the city of Bellaire, told Essentials Friday that “No official submittals have been received at this time.”
The Braeswood Farmers Market features more than 60 vendors of local produce, meats, baked goods, prepared foods and specialty items such as coffee, wines, salsas and honey. Food trucks and live music are sometimes part of the mix. In addition to the Facebook page, the market maintains a website, http://braeswoodfarmersmarket.com.