ODESSA – It’s all natural at the Odessa Organic Farmers Market.
The market might not be easy to find, but the natural food is worth it. Owner John Ciani said he doesn’t sell anything that isn’t natural. No preservatives, just regular food, all grown locally.
“Everything is natural,” Ciani said. “We don’t bring in any food that we don’t grow ourselves. It makes a difference.”
On Gunn Highway north of South Mobley Road, the market sells more than 25 items. Typical vegetables include lettuce and tomatoes, but there is also raw cow milk and goat milk.
Things get interesting at the market in October when Green After Dark begins. It’s a monthly event that involves local music acts. Also, there are several local vendors that sell crafts and nonprofit organizations as well. There is always free parking at the shopping centers on either side of the market.
“We always have a good turnout and when people try our food, they always want to come back for more,” Ciani said.
Green After Dark is on the first Saturday of each month. Everyone is invited to bring their own lawn chairs and coolers. The event supports local farmers and local music. It runs from 5 to 9 p.m.
The fruits and vegetables that Ciani sells are healthy and, he said, organic food is the way to go.
“There are pesticides and all kinds of things in food that you buy at a regular supermarket,” Ciani said. “This is fresh and healthy and it supports local farmers. It’s a good way to support them.”
The Odessa Organic Farmers Market is at 8701 Gunn Highway. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.