Many Texas chain supermarkets import produce from South America and Mexico, harvested before ripening and traveling for days by truck. According to Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, “A typical carrot has to travel 1,838 miles to reach your dinner table.” Comparing produce that sits in a box or freezer for hours to locally grown produce found in North Texas farmers markets, it becomes obvious that, overall, the taste and value of local food is superior. Investing in and supporting local business and farms is becoming a growing trend as both urban and suburban communities realize the economical and environmental downsides of current food delivery systems and the benefits of “going local.”
Our “local” farmers markets are over 10 miles away from our suburban home. We chose to visit Coppell’s Farmers Market, Located at the corners of Bethel and South Coppell Road on the southwestern edge of Coppell. You can find local growers and producers selling fresh fruits and vegetables, natural meats and seafood, certified organic dairy products, honey, teas, breads and mixes, herb sorbet, spice mixes, soaps and doggie treats. Selection varies depending on the season or vendor availability.
Since the seafood and meats were beyond our budget, we chose a 24-ounce jar of Fain’s Pure Honey for $10. The raw honey is provided by So Good Honey Farm and mixed in the state certified kitchen of Fain’s Honey of Llano, Texas. Looking for other affordable items, we chose an 8-ounce serving of Ginger Lemongrass sorbet for five bucks at Savoy Sorbet. Under a sweltering sun, we slurp spoonfuls of the lemon tart, slightly sweet mixture as quickly as possible, resulting in a painful throat freeze. Owner Linn Madsen assured us it wouldn’t melt as quickly as we thought, and sure enough, it was still frozen when we got it home.
Savoy Sorbet Owners Linn and Dale Madsen combine organically grown herbs, spices and flowers with purified water and sugar to create sorbet flavors such as: Apple Mint, Mojito, Chamomile Orange, Rose Geranium Raspberry, Chocolate Mint, Rosemary and Rosé Wine, Ginger Lemongrass, Spiced Wine Lavender and Triple Lemon. For more information, visit Savoy Sorbet at http://www.savoysorbet.com
Because local farmers market products require time and effort to produce, they will seem expensive if you are used to shopping at WalMart. However, these products are high quality, support local economies and provide environmental sustainability. We hope the trend towards home gardening and locally produced items continue to grow. Bringing us closer to our natural world and valuing the labor that produces our products will surely make our economy and environment improve.