Nothing beats farm- or garden-fresh produce for flavor and nutrition. Lucky for Jacksonians, the area has a number of venues where local growers sell in-season and organic produce and, in some cases, organic meats and eggs.
Belhaven Market (929 High St. at the Mississippi Farmer's Market)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday and Saturday
In season: watermelons, butterbeans, corn, purplehull peas, new potatoes, fresh cut flowers and peaches
Organic: squash, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, fresh herbs, blueberries, cucumbers, jams and jellies from organic fruits and vegetables, free range eggs, grass-fed beef, lamb and poultry
Jackson Roadmap to Health Equity Project's Farmers Market (2548 Livingston Road)
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays
In season: Watermelons, greens, turnip greens, collard greens, snap greens, tomatoes, okra and bell peppers
McDade's Market (multiple locations: 1220 E. Northside Drive, 653 Duling Ave., 904 E Fortification St. and 2526 Robinson Road)
In season: watermelons and blueberries
Organic: Some lettuce, other items occassionally.
Location: Multiple in Jackson
Mississippi Farmers Market (929 High St.)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
In season: Peas, butterbeans, watermelons, corn, tomatoes, okra, peaches, peppers and potatoes
Old Towne Market in Clinton (Downtown on Jefferson St. in Clinton)
Hours: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every other Saturday (July 24, Aug. 7, Aug. 21, Sept. 4, Sept. 18, Oct. 2, Oct.16, Nov. 13)
In season: tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, squash, eggplant, string beans, blueberries and cantaloupes
Rainbow Co-Op (2807 Old Canton Road) Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday
In season: blueberries, squash, green beans, hot peppers, cherry tomatoes, regular garden potatoes, red potatoes (cucumbers and broccoli in soon)
Old Fannin Road Farmers Market (1307 Old Fannin, Brandon, 601-919-1690)
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
In season: tomatoes, squash, bell peppers, cantaloupes, snap peas, watermelon, butter beans and okra
Organic: no, but everything is home grown locally.