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Farmers Market in Plano, TX

Hi:

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?

Thanks.

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  1. 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? :)

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    1. re: nitlsu

      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.

      1. re: luniz

        That's odd... I could swear the last time I went to the DFM, there was one shed that was specifically labeled for local foods.

        1. re: luniz

          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!

          1. re: luniz

            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.

            1. re: luniz

              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.

            2. re: nitlsu

              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/

              1. re: nitlsu

                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.

              2. 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.

                1. 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...

                  1. 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.

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                      1. re: foiegras

                        I consider Mexico regional to North Texas.

                        Much has changed in the Farmer's Market domain in the last 7 years since that post was written. A new thread is probably merited.

                        1. re: CookingKatie

                          Yes, I hadn't realized how old most of this thread is at first.

                    1. Please, tell me more about these co-ops you speak of?

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                      1. re: ginger7949

                        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.