Saturday, October 12, 2013

Rep Jim Murphy Speaks to Memorial West Republican Women PAC

On Monday, speaking to a packed room of club members, guests and elected officials, Tx State Rep Jim Murphy (Dist 133) presented an update on many timely subjects.  I had the pleasure of introducing him.  I live in his district.

I learned of a new development that I am really excited about - the district is getting a Farmers Market!  This is exciting news for those of us who live in the Westchase District and are a long drive away from existing Farmers Markets.

After a year of anticipation, the Westchase District Farmers Market will open at last this October. The year-round weekly market will be open on Thursdays from 3 to 6 p.m.  on the parking lot at St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church, 10503 Westheimer Road (at Rogerdale Road). 
More than a dozen vendors have committed to participate in the market and more are signing up as Carey reaches out to them. “I expect to have a good mix of agricultural products, including pork, lamb, beef, eggs, produce, and cheeses,” he said. The farmers market also will feature value-added products such as locally-made jams and jellies, honey, specialty soaps and bread.The Westchase District Farmers Market is made possible by a $65,000 grant through the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farmers Market Promotion Program. The FMPP supports efforts to improve and expand domestic farmers markets and other community-supported agriculture programs.“Our market will exist to offer citizens of west Houston access to high quality, locally-grown seasonal fresh foods, as well as to provide a vibrant community gathering place for the Westchase community,” said Fox. 
The market hours were set to accommodate both the working community in Westchase District and the residents of the surrounding neighborhoods.  “Our hours will accommodate 8-to-5 employees, carpool parents and retirees living nearby – all of whom want to take advantage of the opportunity to buy locally-grown produce,” she added. “We’re confident both the business and the residential communities will support the market and its vendors.” 

As you may know, Rep Murphy is General Manager of Westchase District.  He refered to it as his day job as he gave updates on the latest news.

Candidate for Texas Attorney General, Rep Dan Branch, remarked that Murphy is likely a future Speaker of the House, a remark warmly received by the audience.

Murphy encourage all to vote for the proposition on the upcoming ballot for funding water needs of the state.  Three major measures to ensure long-term viability of water resources in Texas by creating a funding mechanism that needs to be approved by voters in November were passed by the Texas Legislature. This appears on our ballot as Prop 6.

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