Canino Produce: Houston's 58-Year-Old Farmers' Market

Store Profile

Location: Houston, Texas

Store History

  • Founded: 1958
  • Headquarters: Houston, Texas

Canino's first opened in 1958 on Airline Drive and has since expanded into a 20,000 square foot space. The market is covered (open rain or shine) and aisles are filled with fruits and vegetables from local farmers. You'll also find nuts, beans, spices, herbs, and preserves in the "grocery" section.

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caninoproduce.com

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Having always lived in a place where winter lasts a long time, I'm perpetually jealous of Southerners who get to visit the farmer's market year-round. Canino's is one such market, open every day at 6 am to sell to retail customers, restaurants, and wholesalers.Named 2009's Best Farmers' Market by HoustonPress and described as "a favorite of local chefs" by travel sites, it's a well-known stop for Houston foodies.

Canino's first opened in 1958 on Airline Drive and has since expanded into a 20,000 square foot space. The market is covered (open rain or shine) and aisles are filled with fruits and vegetables from local farmers. You'll also find nuts, beans, spices, herbs, and preserves in the "grocery" section, although you won't find meat or fish there.

Not everything they stock is local — Canino's does supplement its inventory with imported foods and produce, although the emphasis is on Texas growers. In this sense, it's not a traditional farmers market, but more of a central location for Houston area wholesalers and small sellers. Prices are reasonable — you can find plantains for less than a dollar a bunch and avocados under a buck as well. (For an idea of costs, check out the images of stalls and prices from their photo gallery.)

Having said all this, I've never visited Canino's in person. I've only heard about it through the grapevine, but wanted to add it to our archives as a resource for Houston shoppers.

Any first-hand reviews of the store? Share your experience in the comments.

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