(Editor’s note: Since publication, Collin County Farmer’s Market has moved about 9 miles east of its old location to 206 North Murphy Road.)
Saturday morning’s the best time to head down to the ol’ farmers market and pick up some sodium nitrates, monosodium glutamates and red dye #3. What?? They don’t have any? How will we survive?!!
If that’s not the kind of stuff you want to fill your basket with, head to Plano’s first and only truly local farmers’ market, Collin County Farmers Market. For over a year, Kari Gates and Scott Merner worked with the City of Plano to get approval for the market, which is currently located at Fairview Farms on 75. They wanted a place where Plano citizens could buy the best of the best from local farms right in their own ‘hood, a place where you can talk to the person who grew your food, a place that lends crucial support to small Texas farms.
The market, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in April, not only offers a wide range of locally-grown produce, but they also showcase Texas-produced meats, sweets, spices, soaps, snacks and other goodies, with the goal of no more than two booths offering the same type of product. You’ll only find what’s fresh and in season here, and the people running the place (who also work every Saturday as vendors) are constantly reviewing the products to make sure they are truly made in Texas and not merely being repackaged.
Most Saturdays, you can also check out a free class on topics like drip irrigation or canning. Every few months, the farmer’s market has special events with live music and fun family activities. Leashed dogs are always welcome, and your kids can play on the giant playground next to the booths, while you load up on as much local, organic, farm raised, grass fed good stuff as you can.
There are around 30 vendors each weekend. Currently, their farthest product comes from Waxahachie. If you really want to know where your food comes from, this is the place.
Collin County Farmers Market Website >