Online Services Government
  • Departments
  • Commissioners Court
  • Elected Officials
  • Courts
  • Justice of the Peace Courts
  • Constables
  • Residents Visitors Business Employment

    Buy Local Produce

    Buy Local Produce

    Benefits Of Eating Locally Grown Fruits And Vegetables

    Even though studies show eating enough fruits and vegetables helps lower the risk of getting certain chronic diseases, most people don't eat enough of these foods. Fruits and vegetables are normally low in calories and fat, which is why eating more of them may help you maintain a healthy weight.    

    Eating fresh fruits and vegetables should be a part of our daily diet. The truth is that fruits and vegetables, whether fresh or not, provide many beneficial nutrients. However, there are other benefits to eating fresh produce. Buying food that is grown locally is good for the environment, the economy and is great for your health. When the produce is local, it is fresher than it would be if it had come from further away.  If picked and eaten while fresh, the produce doesn’t sit around for a long time which can cause the nutritional value to decrease.

    Why should you consume fresh, locally grown produce?

    • It tastes better because it has been recently picked, so it’s crisp, sweet and has a lot of flavor. Local produce is usually sold within 24 hours of being picked. When buying produce at a conventional grocery store you need to remember that it may have been kept in storage for days or weeks.
    • It is better for you. Some fruits and vegetables start to lose some of their vitamins (A, C, E and B) after the produce is picked.
    • Local produce has a longer time to ripen before it is picked because it doesn’t have to travel long distances. This limits the temperature changes that may decrease the nutritional value of the produce.      
    • Small-scale farmers grow a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
    • Local produce is usually GMO free.
    • You will protect the health of your family. Knowing where your food comes from and how it is grown allows you to choose safe food from farmers who you know who reduce/avoid the use of chemicals, hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics.
    • Consuming local produce supports the local farm families and builds the community.
    • Local farming keeps taxes in check. Farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services. So for each dollar of revenue raised by a farm, forest or open space, the government only spends 34 cents on services.

    Tips For Buying Produce:

    • When purchasing fresh produce make sure it is not damaged or bruised.
    • Make sure fresh-cut produce is refrigerated or surrounded by ice.
    • Use separate bags for fresh fruits and vegetables when taking them home. Separate from meat, poultry and seafood products.

    Tips For Storing Produce:

    • If purchased pre-cut, refrigerate it as soon as you get it home.
    • Store perishable fresh fruits and vegetables in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. (This includes strawberries, lettuce, herbs and mushrooms).

    Tips For Preparing Produce:

    • Always wash your hands with soap before/after preparing fresh produce.
    • Wash fruits and vegetables under running water just before eating, cutting or cooking. (Washing fruits and vegetables with soap or detergent or using commercially produced washes is not a recommended practice).
    • Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables.
    • Scrub firm produce with a brush (like cucumbers and melons).

     

    By supporting local farmers you can help ensure there will be farms in your community tomorrow.  This will give your children access to nourishing and flavorful fruits and vegetables for years to come.

    Locally Grown, Seasonally Fresh

     

    Visit A Local Farmers Market Today!

    Celebration Farmers Market

    4515 W. Lovers Lane

    Saturdays, 8 a.m. - Noon

     

    City Of Dallas Farmers Market

    1010 S. Pearl Expressway

    214-939-2808

    Open daily 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

     

    Collin County Farmers Market

    Fairview Farms, 3314 N. Central Expressway, Plano

    Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    972-345-0484

    Facebook: Collin County Farmers Market

     

    Coppell Farmers Market

    793 S. Coppell Road

    972-304-7043

    Saturdays 8 a.m. to Noon

     

    Corsicana Brick Street Farmers Market

    Corner of 12th St. and West 5th

    903-229-7505

    Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon

     

    Cowtown Farmers Market (Westside)

    3821 Southwest Blvd., Fort Worth

    817-220-0755

    Year-round on Saturdays 8 a.m. to Noon

     

    Cowtown Farmers Market (Second Location)

    Federal Park Plaza, 1000 Throckmorton, Fort Worth

    Tuesdays – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

     

    Denton Community Market

    Corner of Mulberry Street & Carroll Blvd.

    Saturdays from 8 a.m. - sellout

     

    Downtown Arlington Farmers Market

    215 E. Front St.

    817-633-2332

    Friday & Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or sellout

     

    Eden’s Organic Garden Center

    4710 Pioneer Road, Balch Springs

    214-348-3336

    1st & 3rd Saturdays, 9 a.m. – Noon

     

    Four Seasons Market - Richardson

    677 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson, TX 75080

    Every Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     

    Frisco Farmers Market

    6048 Frisco Square Blvd (across from City Hall)

    214-407-6665

    Starts May 5th every Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. or sellout

     

    Grand Prairie Farmers Market

    120 West Main Street , Grand Prairie

    Saturdays 8 a.m. – varies

     

    Grapevine Farmers Market

    325 Main, Grapevine

    817-656-9739

    Thursdays – Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

     

    Keller's Farmers Market

    1100 Bear Creek Parkway, Keller

    In front of Keller Town Hall Fountain

    Saturdays 8 a.m. to Noon

     

    Little Elm Farmers Market

    Little Elm Towne Crossing, 2700 E. El Dorado Parkway

    Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon

    972-731-3299

     

    McKinney Farmers Market

    Chestnut Square Historic Village (3 blocks south of the main square)

    972-562-8790

    Saturday 8 a.m. - Noon, April 7 – October

     

    Mckinney Farmers Market (Second Location)

    Adriatica, 6851 Virginia Parkway at Adriatic Parkway

    Thursdays, 3 - 7 p.m.

     

    Rockwall Farmers Market

    Downtown Square in County Courthouse parking lot, Goliad & Rusk

    972-771-3088

    Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon, May 5 through September 29

     

    Saint Michael's Farmers Market

    8100 Douglas Ave., Dallas

    Saturdays, 8 a.m. to Noon

    214-384-4047

     

    Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market

    South Side of Ellis County Courthouse

    972-937-7330 x 198

    Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. starting May 19

     

    Check out this  complete listing of farmers markets