The East Texas Community Food Coalition is blooming with incredibly brilliant projects all over our great city. Their dedication to educating our community on local fare and advocating support for our local farmers and businesses is astounding. We should all take note. They are a life changing force and they are only getting stronger.
My absolute favorite project of theirs has been the Rose City Farmers Market. Nestled in the Juls parking lot on Old Jacksonville Highway, they have created the only place any of us should be on a Saturday morning.
Local farmers gather to showcase a beautiful array of color and the hard work of their labor: produce, herbs, fresh-cut flowers, honey, baked goods, free-range eggs, meats, skin care products and more—all locally grown, locally made. They even have live music to dance to, and yoga is hosted on the patio. As you stroll through the market you can order a cup of Porch Culture Coffee and breath it in as you are greeted with kind smiles and warm conversation.
It is a family-friendly event, even for the pooch, and I have found the farmers to be so helpful and educating to my children. Come with your questions, kiddos! These men and women are ready to help you and inspire you! They certainly inspire me.
The Market is set to open back up Friday, April 4. Mark your calendars and come join me out there! Bring the kids or make a date of it! Don’t forget your shopping list and come ready to support your local food pioneers. This event is free! Check them out on Facebook and while you are there give us a like as well!