Many area residents may not be aware that a mere 25 minutes, from the intersection of FM 1960 and West Lake Houston Parkway, is all that separates them from some of the freshest produce available. The Dayton Farms farmers’ market is located in Dayton on the southwest corner of Highway 90 and North Winfree. The family can load up, stop for ice cream at Dairy Queen or Sonic just across the Lake Houston Bridge, and then play a little road trip game for a few minutes until they arrive at the market. Great seasonal finds such as fresh greens, peas, corn, okra, squash, avocados, onions, tomatoes and much more can be found at very reasonable prices. “I love to go and take the kids,” said Mary Wells. “We no longer live in Atascocita, but when we come visit, we always love to go there and let them pick some fruits and vegetables. They seem to eat things they would never otherwise try when they get to pick it themselves.” Along with the produce choices, the market also sells tomato, pepper and other plants for the home vegetable garden, as well as colorful hanging baskets, dried beans, jarred jellies and salsas. To get there, just go east on FM 1960 across the bridge to Dayton. At the intersection of FM 1960 and Highway 321 (there is a very large grain elevator on the right) stay straight and turn right at the second stop sign, North Winfree. Go over the railroad tracks to the signal at Highway 90 and cross the highway. The market is on the right corner. Parking is very limited, but crowds will not be a problem. Dayton Farms is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Photo: Fresh vegetables are a short Sunday drive away at the Dayton Farms market. Photo by Patsy Oliver

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