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Posted on Apr 20, 2015 in Audio, Editorial, Featured, Your Texas Agriculture Minute




Buy Texas fruits and vegetables at your local farmers market

By Gene Hall

Spring is in the air and bushels of fresh fruits and vegetables are starting to appear at local farmers markets.

It won’t be too long before fresh tomatoes, cucumbers and squash are readily available. Don’t be surprised to see exotic flavors like arugula, bok choy and fennel. If you’re lucky, you might see fresh dewberries, wild plum jelly and a cornucopia of fresh baked breads and sweets.

Fall farmers markets are great, but spring markets are my favorite.

Freshness pops and the colors of the fruits and vegetables are amazing. Walk by a bucket of peaches and the smell hooks you for life.

It’s been a wet spring in many parts of the state, so expectations are high.

There’s nothing like biting into a juicy, ripe tomato, right off the vine.

The farmers who grow them—many entering into agriculture for the first time—put their hearts and souls into working a piece of land because they love to watch things grow.

Get out and support them this spring at a farmers market near you.

The preceding commentary is brought to you by Texas Farm Bureau, the “Voice of Texas Agriculture.” Called “Your Texas Agriculture Minute,” TFB will issue thought-provoking editorials each week—via print and audio—to spark understanding of agriculture in the Lone Star State and its impact on each and every Texan.

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