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Abilene Farmer's Market offers buyers 'fresh' alternative for produce

By Cassandra Webb, cwebb@ktxs.com
Published On: Jul 03 2013 04:48:22 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 07:54:12 PM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

If you're not a fan of crowded supermarkets, there's somewhere else you can go.

The Abilene Farmer's Market offers buyers fresh produce and other goods three times a week.

Some of the farmers sell the fruits of their labor as a hobby, but for others, it's their primary source of income.

Clyde farmer John Steele manages the market. He says people like shopping there for several reasons.

"Well, it's fresh-picked," he said. "Usually, it's picked the day before it's here at the market and then some people are concerned over pesticides."

The majority of the sellers are older, but there is one exception: Cole Scott, a farmer's son from Cisco.

You don't see too many 17-year-olds out at the market. His response?

"Well, you don't see many 17-year-old people whose parents make a living like that, either," Scott said.

"I have a lot better opportunity to make money than most the kids my age, but you know, it's how I bought my first truck and just gives me a good work ethic, I like to think," Scott said.

The farmers said their produce tends to taste better than what you get at the store because, "they've got that good flavor that the sun furnishes."

The Abilene Farmer's Market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon.

It's located at North 3rd and Mesquite, across the street from Frontier, Texas!

In addition to fruit and veggies, you can also get grass-fed beef and fish there.

Cash is the best payment option, as most vendors do not accept checks or credit cards.

You can "like" the market's Facebook page here.