Debbie Roland, Master Gardener
Did you know that Permian Basin Master Gardeners has an information booth at several local Farmer’s Markets? Each booth is manned by Master Gardeners (and maybe a trainee or two) who are eager to answer your questions and pass along gardening information and tips related only to West Texas.
Expect to find fresh local produce (don’t miss the melons), plus local artisan goods. There are herbs and fruit, grown at the height of the season which is the healthiest way to eat according to the USDA. It’s a great way to try vegetables you haven’t tasted before. A vendor talked me into trying Kohlrabi and now I am a big fan. Most are grown locally which support our local gardeners and farmers letting you keep your money close to home.
There is local meat available, along with baked goods and sweets, breads, nuts, jellies, jams, salsas, and other edibles. There are also some local crafters selling their creations and several who sell plants that were propagated here (and will grow in our climate). There are food trucks and coffee vendors for you to enjoy while you stroll and shop. And cut flowers! You won’t want to miss them.
Local bands and other talent make Saturday mornings a delightful experience. Be sure to bring your kids. It is a good way for them to learn about growing and fresh food.
These markets have provided a great way to meet vendors and other attendees and see old friends. They have built community.
Odessa – Parks Legado Town Center: Located on Highway 191, held the 2nd Saturday of each month, June through September, 8 a.m. to noon.
Odessa - Medical Center Hospital: Set to open on the 4th Saturday of each month from June to September on the MCH campus in downtown Odessa, from 9 a.m. until noon.
Midland – Every Saturday, year round at Museum of the Southwest, opening at 9 a.m. to noon.
We hope to see you at the markets this year. Look for our booth and come by to say hello. We will be happy to give you information about upcoming public classes, as well as how you can become a Master Gardener.
If you have questions, please call the AgriLife office in Odessa at 498-4071 or in Midland at 686-4700 for more gardening information. Additional information is available at https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.eduand westtexasgardening.org.