The El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market is a program of Laredo Main Street, a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to build community support, interest, and economic growth for Laredo's historic downtown commercial area and surrounding neighborhoods. The mission of the Market is to encourage, support, and promote the entrepreneurial efforts of local, independent, and small-scale farmers seeking to sell products directly to the consumer within a 200-mile radius. A strong focus on sustainability, food grown without pesticides, and a commitment to healthy cooking techniques and products with natural/organic ingredients and no preservatives are the goals we strive for as the market develops. With the addition of workshops and added-value home products, the El Centro de Laredo Farmers Market provides a venue to educate the community on the importance of good health as it creates more business opportunities and draws the public into experiencing the culture of South Texas and the scenic and shady Jarvis Plaza. The Market shoppers love to support the community, and they feel better about where their food came from because they get to buy directly.