En español | Martha Gomez likes to have a salad with dinner and, she says, it usually tastes better when its ingredients come from her local farmers' market. "The lettuce is hardier, the carrots are sweeter, the cucumbers are juicier," says the Brownsville, Texas, banker, who remembers the mercados of her native Colombia.
But Gomez, 53, doesn't visit the market solely for the flavorful food. She likes supporting local growers, trading cooking tips, and socializing. "You get to mingle and, as you're looking at vegetables, the person next to you can ask how to cook them," Gomez says. "Everybody seems very happy, and I look forward to going there."
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