Veggie Village Part 3 – Bob Dailey

Master Gardener Spotlight- Bob Dailey

Bob Dailey grew up on a rice and cattle farm in Louisiana. When he was ten years old, Bob told his father that he would never go in the garden when he became an adult. Not surprisingly, Bob grew up to love gardening and shared his affinity for gardening with his six children. Bob became a master gardener in 2005 and subsequently retired and moved to The Woodlands in 2006 with his wife. Mr. Dailey was awarded the 2014 Outstanding Master Gardener in Texas. He has been instrumental in the development and operations of Veggie Village and also serves on the board of the Special Angels.

What does becoming a master gardener entail?

The master gardener course consists of 90 hours of instruction by professors from Texas A&M and other universities as well as other experts in their field, followed by a one-year internship and a minimum of 30 hrs. of community service each subsequent year. I usually do about 200 hours of community service per year including talks and writing about gardening.

What have you enjoyed most about being a master gardener?

I have enjoyed working with others and teaching individuals how to grow safe, healthy food, as well as to take care of the earth and be good stewards of the environment.

What have you enjoyed most about your involvement with the Veggie Village Gardens?

Working in the Veggie Village adds a profound layer to the equation. It is actionable by the community involved in the gardens – adding another layer of caring, giving to provide for people in the community. The people who work in Veggie Village are inspirational and unparalleled.

How do you see Veggie Village evolving?

I hope that as the population grows, that Veggie Village will also expand its footprint to keep up with the demand to serve the community.

Bob shares his passion for lawn and garden information online here.  You can view his interview of Interfaith of The Woodlands Volunteer Manager, Sarah Mundy here recently on all that the Veggie Village does locally. For more about Bob and his account of the many deatils of lawn and

Farmers Markets

Farmers markets are culinary adventures that offer shoppers a chance to see, touch, taste, and learn about the variety of local, farm-fresh foods and goods produced around their region. Not limited to produce, the markets around The Woodlands and its surrounding areas also offer specialty foods and handmade crafts—perfect for gift buying season. Stop by one of the weekly markets in our area for the opportunity to mingle with the farmers who love to give tips on how to prepare their products. They all have a simple mantra: “Food tastes better when you see who grows it.” With samples galore, you can eat, drink and shop your way through the markets alongside families and other local community members.

The farmers market on Tamina Road was founded in 2016 and boasts 25–40 high-quality vendors consisting of local farmers and artisans. Located in the Magnolia area, in front of a 15-acre tree farm, all items sold at the market are handmade, handcrafted or homegrown within local boundaries. Owner and operator Jennifer Lobel founded the market to help drive business to the adjacent Culinary Courtyard, which is home to several brick-and-mortar, food-centric businesses. The market has far exceeded her expectations and has quickly grown to become a foodie destination, often acting as a catalyst for small businesses to expand right next door into the adjacent Culinary Courtyard.

The Courtyard is home to businesses like Victory Pie Co., a sweet and savory pie café that supports veterans—as well as the widows and orphans of veterans—with a portion of all profits from their fresh, handmade artisan pies. You can order online as well as pre-order holiday pies. While you are there, stop by The Toffee Cellar for some hostess gifts like cupcakes or beautifully wrapped toffee. Next door you will find a large variety of English specialty culinary in The British Depot. You can also check out the Chipper, a dine-in picnic table whose fish and chips are not to be missed. Top off your avocado toast with a bag of microgreens from Texas Eco Farms’ USDA-certified, naturally grown produce. If you’re craving more sweets, swing by Bamagirls and enjoy some lemon sugar cookies made with ingredients from other market shops including Red Chicken Ranch eggs, which also sells at Victory Pie Company during the week. Finally, not far away is the newest crowd-pleasing addition, Brick & Brews pizza, serves craft beer and wood-oven pizza using local ingredients.

You can find out who will be at the market each week by connecting on social media. To top it off, each week the market offers a signature, complimentary adult beverage, themed gift basket drawings and live music.

One of the most well-known farmers markets in The Woodlands is located in Grogan’s Mill shopping center and run by the Grogan’s Mill Village Association. This friendly market is open every Saturday from 8 to noon, and it was established in 2008 as a way to connect and give profits back to the community through college scholarships, the CISD school system, Good Citizen Awards and more. This market has more than 50 vendors ranging from artisan items to local produce. It also offers community involvement opportunities including learning CPR or hosting food drives for the Interfaith Food Pantry. Shopping for unique gifts is easy at The Woodlands Farmers market because you can find items like handmade children’s dresses at Petunia’s Bubbles or homemade pet treats at K9 Café. Mudworks Studio has you covered with hand-thrown pottery and A.S. Is Designs has handmade and portable wooden cornhole sets.

Enjoy a refreshing, all-natural iced KicPOP while learning about Houston Winery, a micro-winery downtown primarily featuring Texas grapes in its wine. Stop by and sample some cold-pressed Just Made juice while picking up seasonal local produce for your holiday meal from Atkinson Farms or Houston Organic Farms. If tasting your way through the market samples isn’t enough, there are rotating food trucks and live entertainment. Luckily, this market has a weekly newsletter sent out Fridays so you can map out your visit ahead of time.

The Woodlands is an excellent place to discover new experiences and foods without straying too far from home. Make an effort to stop in at one or both of these farmers markets, and you’ll be richly rewarded with sights, sounds, smells and tastes from near and far. Spice up your life—literally.