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http://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Heights-area-farmers-market-in-deal-to-be-sold-11112989.php

 

I had heard talk that some prospective buyers were looking at closing down the market and putting in housing or retail.  So, this is good news.  But it will be very tricky to balance the old and the new.  If you push to hard to upgrade, all the vendors will bolt and set up shop at a flea market north of 610.  If you do not do enough, any new vendors will have trouble surviving.  It would be nice to see Airline Seafood comeback and have a seafood counter integrated into the market.  

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Canino Produce Co, a  farmers market at  2520 Airline Dr in the Heights area could be upgraded.

From Houston Chronicle in May:

 

The farmers market on Airline isn't the kind of place where you'll find duck eggs, artisan cheeses or an array of exotic mushrooms for aspiring home chefs.
 

The decades-old collection of vendors spread over some 18 acres in the northern Heights area has been a mainstay for more traditional produce, along with such Mexican staples as hibiscus flowers, nopales and hot sauces.
 

But a deal in the works to sell the operation could set in motion plans to expand the market, not only upgrading the existing facilities and parking but also adding more food services and attractions to engage the community, the prospective buyers said.
 

Mason sees the property becoming a local tourist attraction where families from around the area would visit and spend a few hours there. He envisions there being culinary events and live music on weekends.
 

The sale has not yet closed and details are limited, but initial plans call for cleaning up the well-worn property, improving the bathrooms and the parking area. From a tenant perspective, little is expected to change within the first year, Mason said. New buildings could come later.

More here:
http://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Heights-area-farmers-market-in-deal-to-be-sold-11112989.php#photo-12825978




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Updated news of what's in store for Canino Produce Co. farmers market at  2520 Airline Dr from CultureMap:

 

An ambitious plan is taking shape that will convert a charmingly shabby produce market into a comprehensive destination for food-obsessed locals and visitors.
 

MLB Capital Partners, a local commercial real estate investment company, has announced its vision for the future of the Houston Farmers’ Market that it purchased earlier this year. Better known as the Canino’s Market after its primary tenant, Canino Produce Co, the almost 18-acre tract on Airline near 610 will be transformed into a facility that provides a  “destination retail experience offering more diversified products, renovated facilities and community programming,” according to a press release.
 

MLB founding partner Todd Mason tells CultureMap that he first developed an interest in the market back in 2004 or 2005 but became more serious about developing a vision and completing the transaction over the last year-and-a-half. The goal is to renovate the market in a way that preserves the quality Mason describes as its "edginess" while improving the property's comfort and usability by, for example, separating consumer and retail traffic so that patrons don't have to dodge trucks and forklifts while they're shopping.

Other highlights:
 

Slated to take place over three years, the changes include adding air conditioning to both warehouses, building an outdoor market in the middle of the property, improving parking and mobility, and creating dedicated green spaces that “will serve as a setting for community programming, such as chef demonstrations, wine tastings, local entertainment, and more.” All in, Mason estimates the facility will add between 50 and 60,000 square feet of retail space at a total cost of between $8 and $10 million.
 

The goal is to develop a facility like Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market or the Pike Place Market in Seattle that brings together food purveyors such as butchers, bakers, and fishmongers, with additional retail vendors and places to eat and drink. To help them achieve that goal, MLB has tapped James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd and his business partner Kevin Floyd to serve as food and beverage consultants for the project.

Other participants in the project include landscape architecture firm Clark Condon Associates, Studio RED Architects, Houston-based consulting firm Gunda Corporation, and Arch-Con Construction. Together, they have developed and will implement the plan. To add a layer of complexity, the renovations will take place while the market is operating.



http://houston.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/07-20-17-houston-farmers-market-transformation-mlb-capital-partners-chris-shepherd-kevin-floyd/

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Renderings of the changes coming to Canino Produce Co. farmers market at  2520 Airline Dr from CultureMap:

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A pavilion will host performances and chef demonstrations.
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It looks like this puts a sharper segregation between the wholesale and retail portions of the site. If this first phase is successful at turning this site into a destination, the days might be numbers for the wholesale warehouse on the north edge of the site.

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1 hour ago, Angostura said:

It looks like this puts a sharper segregation between the wholesale and retail portions of the site. If this first phase is successful at turning this site into a destination, the days might be numbers for the wholesale warehouse on the north edge of the site.


It does look that way. I like change and this can be good, but in the back of my mind I see this will be the downfall of inexpensive produce and the charm that's part of Canino's. It will be interesting to see how this farmer's market and food hall will compare to the Heights Market going in on Old Katy Road.

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I overlooked Houston Chronicle's article on Canino's Produce Co Farmer's Market on Airline. I guess all the local media received an embargoed press release about this.


 

Over the next three years, the new owners of the farmers market on Airline Drive plan to transform the property into a "destination retail experience," one where fishmongers, dairy makers and bakers operate in air-conditioned buildings alongside an open-air pavilion where merchants will sell fresh produce.
 

The space surrounding the buildings - now a jumbled mess of pockmarked parking areas and heavy truck traffic - will be reorganized and made a safer place for pedestrians. Dozens of trees will be added, and a central lawn could host community events like chef demonstrations and wine tastings.

 

The company that bought the farmers market earlier this year is beginning to execute its vision. The group on Thursday will formally unveil its plans, created with the help of a large team of architects, engineers and consultants, including Houston chef and James Beard award-winner Chris Shepherd.

The new owners and their consultants say the intent is not to strip the market of its authenticity or ignore its long history in the community, but to improve its offerings and make it a better, safer place for people to visit.


More on Houston Chronicle: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Heights-area-farmers-market-to-transform-while-11301353.php#photo-13269006

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2 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:


It does look that way. I like change and this can be good, but in the back of my mind I see this will be the downfall of inexpensive produce and the charm that's part of Canino's. It will be interesting to see how this farmer's market and food hall will compare to the Heights Market going in on Old Katy Road.

 

I agree. Will rents be too high for current vendors?

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2 hours ago, lockmat said:

 

I agree. Will rents be too high for current vendors?

 

Said they would most likely have an increase of anywhere from 5% to 10%.

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Maybe MLB Captial Partners obtained the leasing services of Braun Enterprises for the Camino Farmers Market redevelopment at 2520 Airline Dr.

This was included in marketing materials for 1848 Airline (where Bellissimo Ristorante is located).

Development Highlights:

17-acre area currently 100% leased by  local vendors. Redevelopment will extend over three phases, adding nearly 60,000  SF of new facilities. The market will  be remain open through project completion, slated for mid-2020.

The Farmer’s Market redevelopment will increase rents and diversify the current tenant lineup, in exchange for renovated facilities, increased visibility and extended leasing opportunities for vendors .

The project will add climate-controlled spaces, shaded open-air market areas, restrooms, common seating areas and more square footage for vendors. Additional upgrades include more organized parking  and better traffic circulation, defined sidewalks, site landscaping and dedicated green spaces.

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Houston Chronicle's real estate podcast Looped In talks Camino Produce Co. Farmers Market at 2520 Airline. Guests include MLB founding partner Todd Mason and a  "small army of contractors, architects, engineers and consultants, including superstar chef Chris Shepherd and business partner Kevin Floyd."

http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/looped-in/article/Listen-Deconstructing-the-Houston-farmers-market-11494846.php

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I just noticed that NewQuest has the old trailer park on Airline (1 block North of Canino's) up for redevelopment too.   With the redevelopment of the market and  if someone were to do something here, that would really improve that part of the Heights.

 

Almost 5 acres.   $6 million.

https://www.newquest.com/pdfs/2100_Airline_Dr.pdf

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Weekley Homes owns the land immediately south. Another 4 acres or so. Wouldn't be surprised to see a TH farm go in here.

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4 hours ago, Angostura said:

Weekley Homes owns the land immediately south. Another 4 acres or so. Wouldn't be surprised to see a TH farm go in here.

 

 

 

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On 1/5/2018 at 2:13 PM, Angostura said:

Weekley Homes owns the land immediately south. Another 4 acres or so. Wouldn't be surprised to see a TH farm go in here.

 

issues getting tenants out is the rumor...pretty sure Weekley will buy thie mobile home park too.

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My families roots run deep in this area. 1935-54 & shopping there after moving to Pearland. My dad grandmother & dad's younger siblings moved there in 1935. Dad was 10 & had a job on a rough ice route, he was head of household. I'm sad about the sanitization of Houston. Very sad. I know that the sellers are an association & got an offer they couldn't refuse. I'm happy for them. But I'll bet anyone here....the old vendors will not be fit into the new equation. Headline from Chronicle says it all. New owners want to keep a "bit messy", for charm I suppose. 

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An aerial video view of the Camino Produce Co. Farmer Market renovations at 2520 Airline in Houston. Footage from Houston Business Journal:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/02/20/sneak-peek-take-an-animated-tour-of-the-future.html



More on the renovations:
 

The new owners of the Houston Farmers Market plan to break ground on renovations this spring. In the meantime, the team behind the transformation has released an animated video of what to expect.

...The development team is building in phases in part to keep the market's cash flow going and to try to retain tenants for the new market.

"If you shut down the vendors for three months (to build a new market), they'll be out of business," Mason said at the time.

New tenants have already expressed interest in the redeveloped market, which is currently 100 percent occupied, Mason told HBJ at the time. Future vendors will be able to lease space inside the market, an option that isn't available as tenants are expected to pay cash day-to-day for their space. Rates for space are also expected to increase about 5 percent to 10 percent, but leases will allow tenants to follow a more structured a business model, he said at the time.

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Screenshots from the aerial video view of the Camino Produce Co. Farmer Market interior renovations at 2520 Airline in Houston. A look at the produce stall and food vendors inside the farmer market part.


Footage from Houston Business Journal:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/02/20/sneak-peek-take-an-animated-tour-of-the-future.html




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Screenshots from the aerial video view of the Camino Produce Co. Farmer Market renovations at 2520 Airline in Houston. A look at the green space and park.


Footage from Houston Business Journal:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/02/20/sneak-peek-take-an-animated-tour-of-the-future.html

 

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Screenshots from the aerial video view of the Camino Produce Co. Farmer Market renovations at 2520 Airline in Houston. A look at a restaurant space and another part of the farmer market.


Footage from Houston Business Journal:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2018/02/20/sneak-peek-take-an-animated-tour-of-the-future.html

 

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I really do appreciate the feedback & I know that time marches on & I spoke to Alfred Froberg who's part of the association. They simply got the proverbial "Offer they couldn't refuse". I don't blame them one bit. My point was Houston developers who are tearing down everything historic in lieu of progress. 

If it weren't for architects & builders, I would have gone hungry. 

My dad was vice-president of a large wholesale building material business from the late 50s-70s. He was partnered with C. E. Kings's son, W.K. "Buck" King. 

Builder's Hardware, Inc @ 5101 Holmes Rd & later 5101 South Loop East. They sold everything but lumber, brick & concrete.  Just wish a few things could stay put ❤

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50 minutes ago, bobruss said:

Culture map has a new animated video of this project that blows these renderings away.

Check it out.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/02-21-18-houston-farmers-market-mlb-capital-partners-rendering-animation-video/




I see you didn't read the rest of the thread where the exact video was published by Houston Business Journal Tuesday. It's several posts above yours here, posted by me Tuesday:



Also those renderings in the posts above yours are from this week and ARE SCREENSHOTS FROM THE VIDEO, the exact video from CultureMap, first published on Houston Business Journal, the Houston Chronicle, and then CultureMap days later after the other two sites. I wrote in each post above that the renderings I posted this week are screenshots from the video, which was also attached to each post that had screenshots of the renderings showing different sections of the market. Not certain how you missed that.

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I just watched the video. Very nice and eerily realistic (except all the people seem to Anglo and nothing else). I do wonder why "caninos" (first letter not capitalized) is on the gable end of one pavilion. Is the family still involved? Where naming rights sold with the land? Keeping that bit of tradition does not upset me though. I like it

 

One thing I will bring up, since I'm on a grammar tear today, is the signage at what must be the main entry and which reads "HOUSTON FARMER'S MARKET." Why is the possessive of FARMER'S singular and not plural, i.e., FARMERS' ? Is there only one farmer? :) 

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38 minutes ago, Specwriter said:

One thing I will bring up, since I'm on a grammar tear today, is the signage at what must be the main entry and which reads "HOUSTON FARMER'S MARKET." Why is the possessive of FARMER'S singular and not plural, i.e., FARMERS' ? Is there only one farmer? :) 

 

I admire anyone who calls out a glaring failure to properly distinguish between the plural and the possessive, as it's a topic I've been known to rant about when presented with an opportunity to do so. But I'm afraid it's become an exercise in futility, as folks are likely to glance up from their glowing rectangles of despair just long enough to associate us with the "old man yells at cloud" meme before returning to haphazardly dispensing apostrophes (or ignoring them altogether). 

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2 hours ago, mkultra25 said:

 

I admire anyone who calls out a glaring failure to properly distinguish between the plural and the possessive, as it's a topic I've been known to rant about when presented with an opportunity to do so. But I'm afraid it's become an exercise in futility, as folks are likely to glance up from their glowing rectangles of despair just long enough to associate us with the "old man yells at cloud" meme before returning to haphazardly dispensing apostrophes (or ignoring them altogether). 

 

Old man yelling at the clouds - that's me. I come by my fixation on grammar and punctuation honestly; I had the "meanest" English teachers in school you could imagine. :(

 

In this case I think it was just carelessness but really! The error I find most frustrating is not only the misuse but misunderstanding of "its," a possessive without the apostrophe and "it's" the contraction of "it is." That is closely followed by the use of "their" as the singular third person possessive instead of "his" or "her" but I've pretty much given up on that one.

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6 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:




I see you didn't read the rest of the thread where the exact video was published by Houston Business Journal Tuesday. It's several posts above yours here, posted by me Tuesday:



Also those renderings in the posts above yours are from this week and ARE SCREENSHOTS FROM THE VIDEO, the exact video from CultureMap, first published on Houston Business Journal, the Houston Chronicle, and then CultureMap days later after the other two sites. I wrote in each post above that the renderings I posted this week are screenshots from the video, which was also attached to each post that had screenshots of the renderings showing different sections of the market. Not certain how you missed that.

Really? 

This isn't some kind of contest for me, but  I assure you I'll be much more careful not to miss any of your posts.

By the way,  you seem a little too worked up over this, 

I'd say relax.

I can't keep up with all of your posts.

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On 7/20/2017 at 8:24 AM, Angostura said:

It looks like thisper segregation between the wholesale and retail portions of site. If this first phase is successful at turning this site into a de.

 

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Remember the market from many decades ago, in the fifties the market was always on my families shopping list.  We still had a mule drawn produce wagon in the Heights circa 1956 that would cover the entire area.  An old Black man must have been in his 80s and I suppose the man did this until he finally died.  Really was pretty quiet and peaceful back in the day.  Of course most homes already had fruit trees in their backyards, it was just something that survived the old depression era where people had to grow their own things.  Our old place had an apple tree, fig trees, and plums not to forget the large Pecan trees which by the way are still there on the property.  Its nice to look at the old place and it still survives and especially the tall Pecan in the front yard.  I can remember my Grandmother using a very long cane fishing pole and burning out the worm nest up high in that Pecan tree.  My last time to visit that market mentioned in the post was way back in 67 and I was home one weekend on leave from the Army while stationed in the Dallas Fort Worth Air Defense, I tried to drive home every weekend I could and one trip I went to the market to get a few things, can't remember the details it was a long time ago and of course looked a lot different than it does today with so many changes over the decades.

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Materene, 

Thank you for your memories. Today is my dad's 93rd heavenly birthday. He was10 yrs old when he, my grandmother& two younger siblings came to Airline Drive in 1935. He had an ice route at this young age to support his mother & the babies. Epitome of a Houston success story. No education to speak of he became a successful business owner in Houston. The memories I have of Airline Drive & Farmers Market are rich & filled with love. From his little brother Ronny boxing with one of the Elizondo brothers, to walking in on a Saturday & receiving a warm hug and a piece of dulce from Mr. Canino, I'll never forget. Thank you again. They survived & thrived in this color blind life. Happy birthday daddy. I'll never forget our Saturday adventures. In reference to the trees heavy laden with God's bounty, we had that too. Our ancestors were amazing with their ability to plant a seed or seedling & we are still enjoying the bounty of their work. Not to sound crass, but my father would say of my Granny, "She could make chicken salad out of chicken shit". Only a hungry child of the depression could mean it as a compliment & our sweet Granny took it as such. They began their journey here living in the back of a box truck. If I am 1/10 the person my ancestors were, I consider myself accomplished. 

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On 2/28/2018 at 4:35 PM, MartiMoser said:

Materene, 

Thank you for your memories. Today is my dad's 93rd heavenly birthday. He was10 yrs old when he, my grandmother& two younger siblings came to Airline Drive in 1935. He had an ice route at this young age to support his mother & the babies. Epitome of a Houston success story. No education to speak of he became a successful business owner in Houston. The memories I have of Airline Drive & Farmers Market are rich & filled with love. From his little brother Ronny boxing with one of the Elizondo brothers, to walking in on a Saturday & receiving a warm hug and a piece of dulce from Mr. Canino, I'll never forget. Thank you again. They survived & thrived in this color blind life. Happy birthday daddy. I'll never forget our Saturday adventures. In reference to the trees heavy laden with God's bounty, we had that too. Our ancestors were amazing with their ability to plant a seed or seedling & we are still enjoying the bounty of their work. Not to sound crass, but my father would say of my Granny, "She could make chicken salad out of chicken shit". Only a hungry child of the depression could mean it as a compliment & our sweet Granny took it as such. They began their journey here living in the back of a box truck. If I am 1/10 the person my ancestors were, I consider myself accomplished. 

That's awesome

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On 5/30/2018 at 9:12 AM, native_Houstonian said:

Posted on Sunday by PaperCity magazine.  No new info, really.  Does give a timeline of 3 years - not sure if that was mentioned before or not.

 

https://www.papercitymag.com/restaurants/houston-farmers-market-finally-world-class-own-pike-place-market-mlb-capital-todd-mason/


There is no new info because it's an old article, not a new one.

Papercity published the article on the Canino Produce Market renovations in Houston last summer, July perhaps, when the developer's plans made the rounds in the Houston news cycle.

Papercity posts old articles on Facebook all the time to rack  up clicks and shares. Those articles are reposted because they're the site's more popular stories. The dates on the articles are later removed, maybe to trick people into believing it's new information. I've seen this on their In-N-Out Burger Houston article and Dean and Deluca in Dallas article. The dates on the less popular articles stay in place.


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This article on the farmers market has been reposted to their Facebook page at least five times now or maybe more since last year, Sunday being most recent. Every time this news is posted by Papercity, there are hundreds of comments, likes and shares.

Here is the archived article with the  date it was published, July, 20, 2017, before it was removed later for the purpose of reposting this multiple times as new news.

https://web.archive.org/web/20170725020602/https://www.papercitymag.com/restaurants/houston-farmers-market-finally-world-class-own-pike-place-market-mlb-capital-todd-mason/

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I'm going to sound like an ignorant b**tch (wasn't aware til now we can asterisk cuss), but tell me please what the significance of garnering the most likes, loves & shares? Are there money prizes, gift cards or what? Been left in the dark on both... asterisk cuss & king or queen of likes. 

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8 hours ago, MartiMoser said:

I'm going to sound like an ignorant b**tch (wasn't aware til now we can asterisk cuss), but tell me please what the significance of garnering the most likes, loves & shares? Are there money prizes, gift cards or what? Been left in the dark on both... asterisk cuss & king or queen of likes. 

 

It is how the new media landscape works (sort of).  In the olden days, magazines and newspapers would get more for their ad space based on their circulation numbers.  Now, online publications try to get more money for their ad space by tracking social media activity.  So, instead of circulation numbers and numbers of subscribers, online media companies boast about the number of times their content is shared/liked on facebook, twitter, etc.  

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On 6/8/2018 at 11:08 AM, s3mh said:

 

It is how the new media landscape works (sort of).  In the olden days, magazines and newspapers would get more for their ad space based on their circulation numbers.  Now, online publications try to get more money for their ad space by tracking social media activity.  So, instead of circulation numbers and numbers of subscribers, online media companies boast about the number of times their content is shared/liked on facebook, twitter, etc.  

Sooo, 

Being the "A" Type competitive Leo, I believe I'll be wearing the winner crown in no time. 

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On 2/24/2018 at 1:51 PM, Specwriter said:

I just watched the video. Very nice and eerily realistic (except all the people seem to Anglo and nothing else). I do wonder why "caninos" (first letter not capitalized) is on the gable end of one pavilion. Is the family still involved? Where naming rights sold with the land? Keeping that bit of tradition does not upset me though. I like it

 

One thing I will bring up, since I'm on a grammar tear today, is the signage at what must be the main entry and which reads "HOUSTON FARMER'S MARKET." Why is the possessive of FARMER'S singular and not plural, i.e., FARMERS' ? Is there only one farmer? :) 

I'm pretty sure they were hustling their a*ses off peddling produce & didn't get too involved in the punctuation & grammar. There may also be a few participles dangling in the weekly circulars. 

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4 hours ago, MartiMoser said:

I'm pretty sure they were hustling their a*ses off peddling produce & didn't get too involved in the punctuation & grammar. There may also be a few participles dangling in the weekly circulars. 

I like your comment (and I officially "liked" it as well :D) but I wasn't referring to the people creating the flyers. The person or persons who created the rendering are most likely educated architects or graphic designers and should know how to write the plural possessive. Anyway, this looks like a great project. I hope it will be seen as Houston's version of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

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4 hours ago, Specwriter said:

I like your comment (and I officially "liked" it as well :D) but I wasn't referring to the people creating the flyers. The person or persons who created the rendering are most likely educated architects or graphic designers and should know how to write the plural possessive. Anyway, this looks like a great project. I hope it will be seen as Houston's version of the Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia.

I popped off before I did my do diligence. My mistake. I saw on the image of the original entrance it had Canino... everything correct. Then I read a couple of the members posts and saw what you meant. 

I am the 9 month younger cousin of a previous Head of English Department at Austin High School in HISD. She felt very fortunate to have the hungry for knowledge, brilliant students in her classes.  She now teaches, what I call "The Incorrigible Crowd" in a Pearland ISD school.   I digress, but trying to describe my tough, meticulous red head white girl from Denver Harbor.

We played school VERY early in our childhood. She taught and I was critiqued...alot. I learned to read and write before I started school and a very top hand in spelling and grammar. If I slip she corrects me on Facebook. I'm 60 & don't care. As usual though, I thank her and edit the post. 

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6 hours ago, MartiMoser said:

I popped off before I did my do diligence. My mistake. I saw on the image of the original entrance it had Canino... everything correct. Then I read a couple of the members posts and saw what you meant. 

I am the 9 month younger cousin of a previous Head of English Department at Austin High School in HISD. She felt very fortunate to have the hungry for knowledge, brilliant students in her classes.  She now teaches, what I call "The Incorrigible Crowd" in a Pearland ISD school.   I digress, but trying to describe my tough, meticulous red head white girl from Denver Harbor.

We played school VERY early in our childhood. She taught and I was critiqued...alot. I learned to read and write before I started school and a very top hand in spelling and grammar. If I slip she corrects me on Facebook. I'm 60 & don't care. As usual though, I thank her and edit the post. 

That's great, MartiMoser. I guess once a teacher, always a teacher. There have been several in my family going back to my great grandmother's sister. My own sister retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year after 26 years on the job. This past year she has done quite a bit of substitute teaching!

 

I was in Aldine schools in the 1960's - 1970's. Then Aldine was in the process of shedding its 'country' image. I was fortunate to attend during what I consider the golden era of the school district. Our English teachers from junior high on demanded the best from us. That said, those teachers were also most willing to give their best as well. I was in that group who hungered for knowledge. Looking back 40+ years later I am most appreciative of my teachers' dedication and the sense of personal accomplishment for its own sake my parents instilled in me.

 

Getting back to Canino's (singular possessive :lol:), I was there 34 years ago last Saturday (which was also a Saturday - June 2, 1984) picking up fresh fruit for my wedding reception which was held that same afternoon. The caterer was a personal friend of the family. Her wedding gift was to cater the reception so I was most happy to help her out. Among the many, many, visits I've made to the farmers' market, that one will remain the most memorable.

 

Oh yes, I am still married to the same brilliant, beautiful woman. We will celebrate our anniversary with a trip to New England later this month. What could be more romantic than getting away from the Houston heat and humidity. :wub:

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On 6/10/2018 at 9:18 AM, Specwriter said:

That's great, MartiMoser. I guess once a teacher, always a teacher. There have been several in my family going back to my great grandmother's sister. My own sister retired at the end of the 2016-2017 school year after 26 years on the job. This past year she has done quite a bit of substitute teaching!

 

I was in Aldine schools in the 1960's - 1970's. Then Aldine was in the process of shedding its 'country' image. I was fortunate to attend during what I consider the golden era of the school district. Our English teachers from junior high on demanded the best from us. That said, those teachers were also most willing to give their best as well. I was in that group who hungered for knowledge. Looking back 40+ years later I am most appreciative of my teachers' dedication and the sense of personal accomplishment for its own sake my parents instilled in me.

 

Getting back to Canino's (singular possessive :lol:), I was there 34 years ago last Saturday (which was also a Saturday - June 2, 1984) picking up fresh fruit for my wedding reception which was held that same afternoon. The caterer was a personal friend of the family. Her wedding gift was to cater the reception so I was most happy to help her out. Among the many, many, visits I've made to the farmers' market, that one will remain the most memorable.

 

Oh yes, I am still married to the same brilliant, beautiful woman. We will celebrate our anniversary with a trip to New England later this month. What could be more romantic than getting away from the Houston heat and humidity. :wub:

First, let me say Happy Anniversary!  

First topic at hand would be de-countryfying (is it un or de) (is contryfying even a word? If not, it is now)

I was 2 yrs old when we moved outside the city limits of Pearland in June of 1960. The census was 1,700.00.  Mama & Daddy bought 5 acres with 3 barns & a home. $16,000.00. Pearland is headed to toward the 2020 census predicting close to 170,000 citizens. We live in Manvel & it was very country in the 70's. Now we have folks coming to live in the country, but they don't like the "inconvenience" of our damn slow trucks & the quaint tractors going up & down the road at a snail's pace. They've got a latte with their name on it By God!  Sorry. How dare they feed your beef and grow your veggies. Bunch of rubes.

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Does the redevelopment of Canino Farmers Market, 2520 Airline Dr,  mean the name will change?

There is a website for the redeveloped farmers market with a new name and logo. The name is Houston Farmers Market. The new name erases traces of Canino and the Hispanic influence and culture that has been the cornerstone of this market for decades. My white people and their whitewashing, gentrifying ways. :angry:


https://thehoustonfarmersmarket.com

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6 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Does the redevelopment of Canino Farmers Market, 2520 Airline Dr,  mean the name will change?

There is a website for the redeveloped farmers market with a new name and logo. The name is Houston Farmers Market. The new name erases traces of Canino and the Hispanic influence and culture that has been the cornerstone of this market for decades. My white people and their whitewashing, gentrifying ways. :angry:


https://thehoustonfarmersmarket.com

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Come on man... The first thing I see on the website is a list of all the Hispanic merchants, including Caninos. The rendering shows "Caninos" to the right of the "Houston Farmers Market" entrance. Moreover, the website mention Caninos in several places, including this article https://thehoustonfarmersmarket.com/2017/12/houstons-oldest-largest-farmers-market-to-get-major-overhaul/

 

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“It’s time,” said Bill Canino, owner of Canino’s Produce at the front of the farmer’s market. “It’s been left alone to progress on its own for too many years.”

Canino’s dad opened up Canino’s Produce in 1958, selling fruit and vegetables from some 75 farmers in Harris and surrounding counties. Now, there are only about 30 local farmers left.

“Most of the people have gotten older and passed away,” Canino explained.

Canino’s section of the farmer’s market takes up the front, a space he leases. His store looks just as it did in the ’70s. About the only visual difference you see when comparing old photos of Canino’s to the store today are the prices. Tomatoes were 29 cents a pound in an old picture Canino guesses is from the ’70s. Today, they’re $1.29 a pound. But Canino says sales are down about 40 percent just 20 years ago.

“Most people work,” he explains. “The man and the wife works now. So they go to all these restaurants and fast food places… and they don’t stay home and cook.”

Canino says he’ll continue to rent his space from the new owners and not much will change with his business. He says the outside market in the back, where vendors operate more flea market than farmers market, will be reinvented to make way for restaurants, a seafood market, a cheese shop and a space for cooking shows. No one at MLB Capital Partners would talk with KPRC for this story; but they said we can expect the first big announcement about plans for the market sometime in July. We will keep you posted.

 

 

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19 hours ago, MartiMoser said:

I was 2 yrs old when we moved outside the city limits of Pearland in June of 1960. The census was 1,700.00.  Mama & Daddy bought 5 acres with 3 barns & a home. $16,000.00. Pearland is headed to toward the 2020 census predicting close to 170,000 citizens. We live in Manvel & it was very country in the 70's. Now we have folks coming to live in the country, but they don't like the "inconvenience" of our damn slow trucks & the quaint tractors going up & down the road at a snail's pace. They've got a latte with their name on it By God!  Sorry. How dare they feed your beef and grow your veggies. Bunch of rubes.

There's nothing wrong with being 'country' in my book. What I meant was Aldine was in the process of ensuring its students were well prepared for college or the work world when they graduated. One rumor (possibly apocryphal) was that one had to have a 'B' average from an Aldine school back in the 1950s to be considered for admission to the U of H when a 'C' average from most other Houston area schools was acceptable. When I started college in the late 1970s I was as well prepared as many of my counterparts who attended private college prep schools.

 

I agree, MartiMoser, if someone wants to enjoy the peace and quiet of the rural life one must expect to forego some of the "conveniences" of the big city. One really cannot have it both ways.

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