Texas Neighbors Summer 2015 : Page 32

TEXAS NEIGHBORS | SUMMER 2015 at your Local Ingredients Doorstep By Jessica Domel Field Editor Forget the café, donut shop and water cooler. The work week’s over. It’s Saturday morning. And hundreds of families will gather at their local farmers market. Today’s markets are much more than fruit and vegetable vendors. You might fi nd homemade treats. Breads. Ice cream. Home-crafted beauty products and much, much more. Like live music. And games. The goal is to promote a family-friendly atmosphere where adults and children alike can talk to the men and women who grow their favorite foods. Because of this, there’s been a steady rise in the number of farmers markets across the state and the number of people attending them. Relatively new and one of the 200-plus Texas markets is the Waco Downtown Farmers Market (WDFM). Demand is so high it just recently added a second market day. “As a mom, I care about what I’m feeding my family,” said Megan Henderson, WDFM board member. “As some-one who is involved in the local economy and a community development person, I care that we’re supporting local farms and agriculture.” Saturday morning fi nds Henderson with her family at the market, buying produce and goods for the coming week and visiting with friends from urban and rural areas. “I just love to be here,” Henderson said. “I love fi nding out things that come from our own area that I didn’t even know we produced like blackberries and different kinds of melon.” She might also fi nd a great breakfast. Or a bite to eat for lunch. In addition to fresh fruits, vegetables and baked items, many farmers markets are also now featuring homemade foods and drinks. “While I think we all really value food that is produced locally, we don’t always have time to make something from scratch,” Henderson said. “If someone else has added that value for us, and embraced the locally-grown ingredients that are important to us, we can just pick that up, take it home and serve it to our family. That’s a big bonus.” Texas Farm Bureau members Glynn and Janis Lawhon of Lawhon Springs Farm in Bosqueville operate one of the many booths at the market. They offer potatoes, green beans, peas, tomatoes, cantaloupes, peppers and more. “It’s fresh, and that’s what they’re looking for,” Glynn said. But the Lawhons aren’t just vendors. They too get their shopping done at the local farmers market. “We’re big soap customers,” Janis said. “We usually buy food as well.” To fi nd a farmers market in your area, visit: http:/ /search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/ . WWW.TEXASFARMBUREAU.ORG

Local Ingredients at your Doorstep

Jessica Domel

Forget the café, donut shop and water cooler. The work week’s over. It’s Saturday morning. And hundreds of families will gather at their local farmers market.

Today’s markets are much more than fruit and vegetable vendors. You might find homemade treats. Breads. Ice cream. Home-crafted beauty products and much, much more.

Like live music. And games. The goal is to promote a family-friendly atmosphere where adults and children alike can talk to the men and women who grow their favorite foods.

Because of this, there’s been a steady rise in the number of farmers markets across the state and the number of people attending them. Relatively new and one of the 200-plus Texas markets is the Waco Downtown Farmers Market (WDFM). Demand is so high it just recently added a second market day.

“As a mom, I care about what I’m feeding my family,” said Megan Henderson, WDFM board member. “As someone who is involved in the local economy and a community development person, I care that we’re supporting local farms and agriculture.”

Saturday morning finds Henderson with her family at the market, buying produce and goods for the coming week and visiting with friends from urban and rural areas.

“I just love to be here,” Henderson said. “I love finding out things that come from our own area that I didn’t even know we produced like blackberries and different kinds of melon.”

She might also find a great breakfast. Or a bite to eat for lunch. In addition to fresh fruits, vegetables and baked items, many farmers markets are also now featuring homemade foods and drinks.

“While I think we all really value food that is produced locally, we don’t always have time to make something from scratch,” Henderson said. “If someone else has added that value for us, and embraced the locally-grown ingredients that are important to us, we can just pick that up, take it home and serve it to our family. That’s a big bonus.”

Texas Farm Bureau members Glynn and Janis Lawhon of Lawhon Springs Farm in Bosqueville operate one of the many booths at the market. They offer potatoes, green beans, peas, tomatoes, cantaloupes, peppers and more.

“It’s fresh, and that’s what they’re looking for,” Glynn said.

But the Lawhons aren’t just vendors. They too get their shopping done at the local farmers market.

“We’re big soap customers,” Janis said. “We usually buy food as well.”

To find a farmers market in your area, visit: http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/.

Read the full article at http://texasagriculture.texasfarmbureau.org/article/Local+Ingredients+at+your+Doorstep/2043256/263762/article.html.

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