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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Those farmers markets

I was overwhelmed by the requests from our readers to identify the farmers market I reflected on last week. The market was out of Fort Bend County and while quaint and memory making, is reportedly unpredictable as far as who and how many local farmers shows up on what week and how long they stay (until all their produce is sold).

So, I checked out the local offerings on the extension agent’s page in Fort Bend County to get an idea of similar markets here in Fort Bend.

This is what I found:

There is a farmers market across from the Needville High School, at the Creekside Christian Fellowship Campus, 16628 Hwy 36. This little market is only open on Thursdays, 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. For information on what the market has to offer, you can check their website at http://creeksidefarmersmarket.com/

Pavlock Farms, located right outside of Rosenberg is reportedly a great place to get local produce. The phone number to the barn is 281-633-2459. They are open Monday - Friday 9:00 to 6, Saturday 9:00 to 4:00.

The people who farm this land used to have a market at their family farm in Stafford on Mula Road. Most people who have lived in the Sugar Land area will probably remember the Mula Farm stand.

Representatives from the farm say they try to keep a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and have recently added some home-canned items to the offerings.

For those still wanting to save gas money and look for local offerings, there is the Wild, Wild West Farmers Market on FM 359, between Holmes Road and FM 723, in the Pecan Grove Area. For additional information call the Market Manager: Lynellen Clary – 281-342-1930. The market is open every Sunday from Noon – 4:00 p.m. – rain or shine.

I hope this helps everyone have an adventure and reap the harvest. Thank you so much for responding so enthusiastically to the column—sorry I was unable to personally contact everyone who called or e-mailed.

Gas and stuff

I don’t want to mess up anyone’s gravy train, so to speak, but I’m starting to lean with the boss (BK) on these take home cars that the county so generously provides.

With gas prices going up daily, county officials who must budget and plan are in serious distress. Gas budgets that were supposed to last a year are just not cutting it and all say they will soon be before commissioners soon asking for more funds.

Now this is not the fault of any of our public officials. We are all feeling the crunch.

However, it appears to me that under these circumstances, it might just be time to pony up to the plate and make the seriously unpopular decision to start scaling down take home cars for many employees and supervisors.

The perk is one of several that have been virtually untouchable through the years, but it may be time to seriously look at what this fringe benefit is costing the taxpayers of this county—who are not only paying the taxes to support this practice but are grappling with ways to cover their own budgets in these challenging times.

The boss has long criticized Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright for issuing take home cars to everyone in the department—well, almost—except for patrol deputies and the like. I used to go for the “emergency call” hypothesis that at least partially justified the practice.

Not any more....it is time this county perk gets full scrutiny. It probably won’t happen, but it should.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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