Buying local is the way to get fresh. This means ripened on the vine or tree, booth produce and fruit. While not always officially organic, most of the time it in reality is, or is very close to it. What you really don’t want to get is imported green immature product, genetically modified, grown on depleted soils, fertilized and then sprayed with herbicides and chemicals that are often banned in the United States. Canned foods, frozen foods, and processed, are not the same. Chefs in the finer restaurants are haunting the farmers markets. They have exploded just over the last few years. The most unique thing, of course, about Rio Grande Valley Agriculture is the almost year round growing season. The winter vegetables and produce are most especially delicious and the citrus is, many say, the best in the world.. Raw Orange Blossom Honey is always available, It’s one of those items that usually are not sold in the big supermarkets. And when its not raw, it really is no longer a health food — Just another simple sugar.
One of the unique feature of the area is the rich delta soil that produces large and delicious produce. Another unique thing here is that the truly tropical fruits are very close by. A few hundred miles to the south, the tropics begin. The Tropic of Cancer is only three hundred miles away. The exotic fruits are very fresh and present an opportunity to the consumer to taste the essence of another land and culture. A culture that before the introduction of modern chemical dependent farming and processed, ultra-refined foods, was extremely healthy.
Here’s a list of some of the Farmers Markets in the Rio Grande Valley: One of the most famous and long lasting is the Brownsville Farmer’s Market, every Saturday (through May) | 9:00 am ~ 12:00 pm Linear Park E. 7th Street and Harrison Brownsville, Texas.
Others are South Padre Island Farmers Market Association 8605 Padre Blvd. Days of operation: Sunday Hours of operation: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (956) 466-9308. The Brownsville Farmers’ Market is held from 9:00 a.m. to noon every Saturday morning between October and May. Located at Linear Park in beautiful Brownsville, Texas, on the corner of Harrison and 7th Street. They are close by to the Gladys Porter Zoo and they have an incredible selection. Fresh caught Gulf Shrimp just in from Port Isabel, fruits, citrus, vegetables, plus baked goods, homemade preserves, specialty soaps and a lot more. There’s a lot more going on all across the Valley, more and more as time goes on.