Whether it be tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, green beans or peaches, Waxahachie Farmers Market vendor Tommy Jones pledges his fruits and vegetables to have the best taste.
“These are the freshest here. I raised them with these hands,” Jones said, showing his hands to a customer.
He and his wife, Shirley, have two booths at the market: Shirley has the long row of tables inside while Tommy draws buyers to his tent outside.
“To see all that they sell, you have to go to both,” said one of the customers looking over their produce inside.
The Joneses have been at the market for more than 20 years.
“We have a following of many customers that look for us here,” Tommy said. “In fact, some will call us to make sure we bring enough of a product or make a special order. We even have some customers who can’t wait until Saturday and come out to our farm.”
One of his regular customers was there last weekend to get as many tomatoes as she could.
“I need several for the Fourth of July,” she said as she picked out close to a half bushel. “I won’t buy my tomatoes anywhere else.”
Farming has always been a way of life for the Joneses.
“We grew up farming, raised our children and are now raising our grandchildren the way of farming,” Tommy said. “It is important that they know where their food comes from.”
Adds Shirley, “Farming is a life skill that everyone should know. We take a lot of pride in what we do and bring to the market for our customers.”
Helping out in both of their booths was their daughter, Erica Fry.
“This has always been a way of life for us that we really enjoy,” she said.
Besides tomatoes, one of Tommy’s favorite crops is peaches.
“Those are Freestones,” Tommy said, pointing to a bushel basket of the tasty fruit and telling customer Ginann Towry, “We just picked those yesterday.” As Towry looked over the other produce on display, her son Cruz made his pick of the peaches.
All of their fruits and produce is raised on their farm in Waxahachie.
“Besides the farming, we really enjoy customer service and enjoy serving people with our products and advice,” Tommy said.
In addition to their produce booths, the Joneses also have a hot dog stand, Tommy’s Hot Dogs and More, where he sells hot dogs, cold drinks, snacks and other refreshments.
Their commitment to quality customer service is expressed in a sign at the hot dog stand: “We appreciate your business more than we can express.”