It often doesn’t take more than a bite into a locally grown tomato or strawberry to realize the fresher flavor of local produce and other food products. And you can bet they’re more nutritious, too, as those fruits and vegetables could have been plucked from the vine just the day before.
That’s the benefit of shopping at local farmers markets, and Galveston has its share of local vendors bringing island residents and visitors some of the freshest local and regional produce – foods you can either eat fresh or cook while staying on the island. Better yet you can take them to go on your way back home.
What’s in the vendors’ stalls? Cucumbers, tomatoes, salad, okra, collard greens, olives, peapods, strawberries and peaches, to name some of the many choices. Other foods include eggs, cookies, jams, cheeses, breads and prepared foods like breakfast tacos and ice cream. Farmers markets on the island include Galveston’s Own Farmers Market and Seeding Galveston
Why buy local foods and produce? They support local farms and allow consumers to buy locally-grown produce and other island or area foods made entirely or in part from local ingredients. Buying locally also puts money back into the local economy. It helps support a clean environment often with fewer pesticides used and reduces time from farm to market, giving consumers the benefit of fresher and more nutritious foods. And it helps create a better sense of community.
According to the Galveston’s Own Farmers Market website, the market dates back to 2012, with the mission of bringing locally-grown produce, prepared foods and farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas. The market strives “to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy,” while also networking with vendors including farms, ranches, bakeries, and producers of specialty foods and cheese.
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market is open at two locations including 2508 Postoffice St. behind the Antique Warehouse on Sundays, 9 a.m.-noon; and at Menard Park, 28th & Seawall Blvd. at the McGuire Dent Community Center, Thursdays from 3-7 p.m.
Seeding Galveston, according to its website, is “committed to developing urban farms throughout the Island” with the goals of providing island fruits and vegetables available year-round to residents, and also using local foods to help feed those in need. Seeding Galveston’s flagship garden is a full acre located at the corner of Avenue N & 33rd Street, and it also has a location on farmland offered by St. Augustine of Hippo Church, 41st Street and Avenue M-1/2.
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