Midland, Texas - Our Local Flavors

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Our downtown market has more than heart; it is slathered in homemade, local honey.  Every Saturday morning our neighbors congregate downtown Midland with their freshest (and sustainable) produce, locally raised meats, baked goods, honey and etcetera in tow to promote our local businesses, producers and artisans; but most of all, to celebrate our community.  For Matthew Hanson, organizer of this community market, Midland Downtown Farmers Market is his child and feels like we all play a part in its fruition.  After a first time visit, I already feel a part of a community I left back in California and that kind of camaraderie is something our youth should experience.  Their goal is to establish a sense of community and to revel their choice to make, create and raise what they sell.   Most of these vendors believe in cutting out the middle-man and bringing these products straight from the farm to your table—you can’t beat that kind of purity. 

It’s humbling to know that Matt worked very hard to obtain this accomplishment for our city.  A farmer himself, Hanson started this farmers market with three vendors and sometimes sold produce right out of his truck.  Now, the growing list of vendors at the MDFM includes a variety of goods and services like baked goods, hand-knitted goods, handmade jewelry and body care products, homemade jams and salsa, local honey, and roasted fair-trade coffee…the list goes on and on with other great finds.  With the little pocket change that I had, I was excited to stop by the YT Beef booth (purchased some meat we cooked THAT night), the Cross Country Spice booth (couldn’t resist that truly mouth watering aroma), and a few selected others to pick up some produce.  There was also a cute, free tye-dye booth for children to create their own designs.  Our 8-year-old especially liked the market booth that sold lemonade and how simple it was to understand where it came from, “backyard, kitchen, market, me!” for me, that simplicity is very important.  Food should be that simple. 

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The Midland Downtown Farmers Market is open and operating every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., April-November, on the corner of Texas and Pecos street (@ 501 West Texas Avenue, under the green).  I really encourage all of you to go and savor the local flavor and experience what I’m talking about.