Waxahachie resident Tommy Jones has been gardening most of his life.
“I’ve always raised my own food,” he said.
But it wasn’t until about a year ago that he made the decision to sell his fresh produce to others. Now, he and his wife Shirley sell vegetables from their homegrown crop - everything from carrots to pinto beans - every Saturday at the Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market.
“Gardening is a good hobby,” said Jones, who confesses a love for “anything that’s outdoors.”
“Gardening is relaxing. It’s therapy really,” he said. “I love digging in the dirt.”
Stop by their booth at the farmers market and, depending on which vegetables were ready for harvest that week, one might find okra, black-eyed peas, purple hull peas, spaghetti squash and other varieties of squash, beets, greens, egg plant and or tomatoes.
“You name it,” said Jones, who reports okra as one of the couple’s biggest sellers.
Open one of the coolers at their booth and expect to find individual packages of freshly shelled peas.
“The older generation doesn’t mind shelling them (peas), but the younger generation does. So we shell the peas for our customers,” he said.
The Joneses enjoy participating in the Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market and said they are glad that it exists.
“It’s good for the community,” said Jones, who believes the farmers market provides a wonderful way to make fresh produce available for its customers.
“We’re (vendors) producing some good, fresh vegetables,” said Jones of the benefits of the farmers market to its customers. Benefits to the vendors, he said, include “meeting new people and serving them.”
The Joneses are among the many vendors at the Waxahachie Farmers Market on the courthouse square in Downtown Waxahachie from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through Oct. 27.