Farmers Market in Plano, TX
We just moved here and I would like to know if there are any farmers market here. Also, I got a flyer from Sprouts Market. Do u like it?
The Sprouts Market on Legacy in Plano is excellent. The produce is pretty good and I like their pre-marinated meat kabobs. I think the only problem is that they still feel like a regular supermarket (Tom Thumb et al) rather than a country farmers market so I am sure the produce is definitely NOT as fresh as a conventional farmers market.
I was also reading about this place called Fairview Farms (http://www.fairview-farms.com/) but haven't had the chance to go there yet. Maybe you could visit the place and report back? :)
I don't know that I agree that "real" farmer's market's have fresher produce....I think at this point they're all getting the same produce, because there's almost no local tomatos/citrus etc, so all that's getting shipped in. Go take a look at the Dallas or even McKinney and you will see a lot of boxes that looks the same. Fairview & Georgia's are ok but ALL the local sellers are getting their produce from mostly the same places so unless you're willing to spend a lot of time shopping around there's not much point in going to Sprouts or whatever's closest.
Almost all locally grown produce is packed in tomato boxes. They are easy to get and inexpensive. They stack well for transportation and they hold 25# of product. So, you may see everyone with tomato boxes but they may not all have the same things in them. Few farmers are capable of growing everything so we sell some of what we have and buy some of what others have. There is a central location and time in Dallas where the actually growers meet and wholesale their items. So, everything I sell is home grown, but not always in my home. I will always tell my customers where my produce came from. I would suggest that you go to the Texas Department of Agriculture's website and print off the list of what items are available in Texas during what month. East Texas tomatoes are just beginning to be available. Another 2 weeks and they should be in full swing. Most watermelons and cantaloupe are coming from south of the Metroplex right now. Local melons will begin to be available around the fouth of July although the cold weather has delayed everything a few weeks. Yellow squash, zucchini and onions are available locally right now along with new potatoes. Texas peaches are beginning with small, early peaches, free stones will be available soon. Plums and blackberries are also available locally. Citrus has never been grown locally and never will be. Yes, there are a lot of hustler's out there that buy all their produce from the produce houses and then sell it as their own, but there are still a lot of us that grow and sell and work really hard to provide our customers with fresh Texas produce. There IS a difference!
That's completely inaccurate. The vendors at the farmers markets reuse boxes. That is why you see the same boxes that grocery stores use. If you're unsure, ask the vendor. If they misrepresent themselves as a local producer, they can be kicked out of the market.
You may want to check out the Coppell Farmers Market. It is growing quickly. We buy tomatoes, garlic, onions, cukes and squash there. Some local bakeries are represented, as well as a honey producer from Round Rock.
That's because Dallas Farmer's Market is *not* a real farmer's market.
I've been utterly unimpressed by Sprouts. Multiple things I've bought there have been just on the verge of spoiling--which they promptly did when I got them home. Including eggs, which typically have lots of life in them.
Now how a farmer's market is managed is obviously important. Eggs need to be gathered promptly & sold fresh. I've gotten less than fresh eggs there as well sometimes (yolks broke, runny whites), but never eggs that actually rotted before I could use them.
My post is pretty delayed, I'm sure that you have been to Sprouts by now and formed your own opinion of it. But, I thought for others who come across this discussion, I'd go ahead and respond.
I moved to Plano, TX in October 2007. My opinion of Sprouts is lukewarm. It calls itself a "Farmers' Market", but it features produce, not only from out of state but out of country. Weird. Also, the selection of organic produce is extremely small compared to conventional produce. My biggest disappointment with them is that they do not clearly label the origin on their produce. If they so proudly stock the produce section with product from Mexico, Chile, Guatemala, China, California, Florida, etc, then put that on the sign...instead one has to look for those little stickers to see if the origin is indicated. The staff are pretty much clueless. This goes for both the Legacy store and the new store on Preston in Frisco.
They do carry a small selection of grass-fed meat, but it's not from a local source...it's from Illinois. I buy meat direct from local ranchers instead.
Want to find local farmers and/or a CSA? Check out the Local Harvest website: http://www.localharvest.org/
Sprouts is as much a Farmers Market, As Bennigns is a French Bistro., but it does have some good qualities. Cheapest health food supplements around and a very good selection of affordable hummas. Produce is very inconsistant but on average the prices are lower, along with the quality.
I like the little farmers market on 75 and Parker in Plano. Go to the stand on the far left for good east Texas tomatos and peas. I steer clear of all their other produce.
I love Sprouts, they have better produce than the chain stores, not quite the Dallas farmer's market but it's a lot cheaper than Whole Foods or Central Market. They have great bulk items and take home cooked/prepped food.
Fairview farms is nice, but tiny - it's more of a veggie stand rather than a market. They do have great local honey! Excellent in-season fruit. It's also within walking distance of the older downtown area of Plano which is a nice place to walk and grab a coffee.
I go to Georgia's Farmers Market on 15th Street between 75 and Jupiter. It's across from Haggard Park. There's a lot of construction on 15th right now, so it's a little tricky to get into. The selection is pretty small (fresh and frozen), but there's a nifty selection of local preserves, condiments, etc.
Also, the Dallas Morning News did a roundup of local markets and what they found at each: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedconte...
Georgia's has a lot of big brand produce (like Dole), but they also have fresh and in-season TX produce like peaches or nuts or what-have-you. They shouldn't, but they require a $5 or larger purchase to swipe a debit or credit card, FYI. They also have Dublin Dr Pepper, loose leaf tea, roasted peanuts, and other such goodies for such a small place.
The McKinney Farmer's Market is supposed to be pretty good. I like the Dallas one, too. They are currently trying to woo back more of the local and regional farmers, but a number of the stalls have local produce sold by middlemen. I would recommend it. There are also a number of local veggie co-ops that might interest you.
I don't know how to get into one but have seen emails frequently pass through from friends about them. They usually have a central drop-off location like a church. I did a Google search and found this: http://www.dfwnetmall.com/veg/coop.htm
It wouldn't hurt to check it out or to ask around. If you make acquaintances who drink raw milk or otherwise seem to eat a crunchy diet, ask about local co-ops. They are most likely to know.
Plano is actually much richer than the stereotypers would have you believe.
1) Sprouts is good for organic although the staff can be pretty hopeless;
2) Central Market is the all around best for selection and quality.
3) Georgia's is good for fresh produce;
4) Hirsch's can get hard-to-find meats and they really know their product. They got me to successfully BBQ a whole pig -- from a standing start!
5) We are the lucky recipients of the first Neiman Walmartus over at the tollway and Park. Interesting..
There is a great little farmer's market in McKinney every Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon. It's located just off of Hwy 5 at Chestnut Square.
To answer your first question yes there are farmers markets and also community gardens. To answer the second question, I like Sporuts for convenience and that is about all. I have some real bad experiences with some produce of theirs. I have also had horrible experience with their suasages (i.e English Bangers (inedible on several occaisions)). I would suggest getting your produce at Central Market in Plano, Gerogia's, or travelling to McKinney to the farmers market there on the weekends. I would also contact City of Plano to see if there are any community gardens close to you, see if anyone would seel any produce to you, and coudl even plant some of your own.
I have travelled to just about all of the farmers markets in Dallas, Denton, and Collin counties. I would recommend the Coppell and McKinney farmers markets over Dallas Farmers Market. DFM is under going a renovation fo sheds and is planning on reorganizing the whole structure of the market and going more local with less producer resellers and more local farmers and ranchers.
A list of the local farmers markets is below:
City of Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl. Open daily 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 214-939-2808. www.dallasfarmers market.org.
•Colleyville Farmers Market, 5409 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville. Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 817-427-2333. Season closes at Christmas and reopens in March.
•Coppell Farmers Market, 455 W. Bethel Road, 1 mile west of Denton Tap Road, in Old Town Coppell. Saturday, 8 a.m. until sellout. 972-304-7043; farmersmarket@ ci.coppell.tx.us.
•Corsicana Farmers Market, State Highway 75 Business at Sixth Avenue. Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m. to sellout. 903-874-2670. Season opens Saturday; closes end of September.
•Cowtown Farmers Market, State Highway 377 at Southwest Boulevard, Fort Worth (east side of Weatherford traffic circle, in front of Texas Outdoors). Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to sellout. When season gets going, open Wednesday, too, same hours. 817-220-0755. Season closes after the first fall freeze.
•Denton County Farmers Market, Mulberry at Carroll, adjacent to Bayless-Selby House Museum. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to sellout. Season runs April through September.
•Georgia's Farmers Market, 916 E. 15th St., Plano (1 mile east of U.S. 75). No farmers, but produce purchased and identified from area farmers. Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 972-516-4765.
•Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 130 W. Church (at the corner of NW Second and Church, 1 block north of Main Street). Thursday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to sell-out. Season runs through Nov. 1.
•Grapevine Farmers Market, 325 S. Main St. (behind the gazebo downtown). Wednesday 3 p.m. to sellout, and Saturday 8 a.m. to sellout. 817-410-3185 or 1-800-457-6338. Season opens May 26.
•Lewisville Farmers Market, between Main and Church streets at Poydras (Ferguson Plaza), Lewisville. Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or sell-out, starting Saturday through Oct. 27.
•McKinney Farmers Market, Church at Louisiana (one block west of the courthouse). Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. April through October. 214-850-0886; www.mckinneyfarmersmarket.com.
•Northside Farmers Market (Fort Worth), 2707 Jacksboro Highway, one block from West Long. Open daily 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Second location: 4800 S. Hulen St. at Overton. Friday-Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ridgmar Farmers Market in Fort Worth will see an increase in local produce and customers in the coming months. Shown: Texas 1015 Onion & Peach Salsa. •Ridgmar Farmers Market, 900 State Highway 183 North (across from Ridgmar Mall), Fort Worth. Operated by Parker County peach and vegetable growers. Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 817-246-7525; www.ridgmarfm.com. Second location: 7601 Jacksboro Highway (on the Azle side of the bridge). Daily 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
•Rufe Snow Farmers Market, 6871 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth. Monday-Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
•Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market, on the sidewalk around the Ellis County Courthouse. Saturday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 972-937-7330, extension 198. Opens May 26; closes Oct. 27
I used to work for a local farmers market. And when we went to buy produce from any of the local farmers, we saw all the surrounding markets down there buying also. Sprouts is just like the grocery stores all of their produce is gassed. However I only buy from farmers markets now because they aren't gassed they are vine ripend and Ihave personally met some of the farmers. Of course we can't grow avacodos here, and some even say tomatoes must be shipped. Well of course... how else would you get them here. However when we got our shipments in they would be from the same guy in a back of an open trailer not a semi. Its single farmers trying to do their job. They can't bring enough to supply to grocery stores so they must find somewhere else. I recently moved to allen, tx and only shop at Georgias Farmers Market. Good Place.
Colleyville Farmers Market is open year 'round. This is the place to buy cage free eggs, grass fed/grass finished beef, free range pastured chicken, soup bones for bone broth, jams, jellies, preserves and organic produce. The market also stocks kombucha, un-homogenized lightly pasteurized milk, fresh cream, BBQ sauces, salad dressings, 72% dark chocolate, nuts, fresh salsa, tamales, chips and those cricket bars that were featured on Shark Tank!
5409 Colleyville Rd.