Consumers encouraged to shop at local farmers markets

Cartwright Farms fresh produce.
Cartwright Farms fresh produce.

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - President Obama is encouraging you to buy from local farmers. The Obama Administration has proclaimed August 2-8 as National Farmers Market Week. There's plenty of them here in East Texas.

"That'd be $9," said a vendor at the Angelina Farmers Market in Lufkin.

Helen Graham shops at the Angelina Farmers Market once a week. She's been a loyal customer of Arnold Farms for twenty years. "Mostly all my fresh goods I buy here."

Graham said she's cut costs by picking-up fresh veggies and fruits. "With the economy like it is, I think you could do better by going to a farmers market, at least I do," she said.

George Cartwright said farmers can certainly use the financial support now more than ever. "Farming is a lost trade, most people don't want to do it anymore."

He owns Cartwright Farms and has been growing fresh food for 25 years. Even during down times, his passion drives him to stick to his roots. "I just like it so much! I really do," he said.

By supporting small family farms, your money stays closer to home. "Everything you buy at the farmers market is grown from the local economy, so tt helps keep your money in the economy and circulating here local," said D.J. Johnson, a farmers market vendor.

Cartwright said he knows times are rough, and like countless farmers market vendors, he's willing to cut a deal. "We'll work with them," he said. "We'll give them the best price we can."

He said you can't beat a homegrown watermelon at just two dollars.

There are 4,900 farmers markets nationwide, up from 4,685 in 2008. To make is easier for consumers to locate a farmers market close to home, click here.

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