Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Photo: Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

As we continue our series of deeper dives into what life is like in the three One Toyota destination cities, we were inspired by a query from a TEMA team member about clean eating options in and around Plano.

Certainly, Texas has earned its reputation for chicken fried steak, barbeque and deep-fried anything. But as we dug deeper, it appears that fresh and clean food options are sprouting up around North Texas and drawing crowds. For example, did you know that there are more than a dozen indoor and outdoor farmers markets in and around Dallas, including the Collin County Farmers Market in Plano?

You can check out this Healthy Restaurants in Dallas listing from USA Today, Best Organic Foods in Dallas/Fort Worth from CBS/DFW, or 13 Dallas Spots for Healthy Foods That Don't Suck from The Dallas Observer (their title, not ours).

Don’t Try It at Home

Even if there are some healthy options in and around Dallas, light food is not exactly what the area is famous for. To keep things balanced, here are some handy resources if you’re looking for more traditional (and not), Texan fare (think Texas style brisket and onion rings). Enjoy!

Doing that research made us wonder how Georgetown and Southeast Michigan fare when it comes to options for growing, supporting and eating healthy foods.

We used a popular online directory for fresh, locally grown and sustainably produced food: Eat Well Guide. We zeroed in on five categories – farmers markets, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA), restaurants and stores – available within a 20-mile radius of Dallas, Ann Arbor and Lexington.

Here’s our interpretation of the numbers you can see in the chart below:

  • You can find fresh, local and sustainable food options in all three locations.
  • Due to its size, the Dallas Metroplex offers the largest number of healthy food stores and restaurants, but the per-capita ratio is more favorable in Ann Arbor.
  • Ann Arborites seem to really enjoy community supported agriculture (CSA), where you help support a local farm in exchange for a “share” in their harvest, usually in the form of weekly baskets full of fresh produce.
  • No community gardens near Georgetown? Our guess would be that many people in the area have their own gardens.
  • All three locations also had some less common choices associated with clean eating including bakeries, butchers, caterers, U-pick orchards and more.

N. Dallas/Plano

Southeast Michigan

Lexington/Georgetown

Farmers Markets

13

17

14

Community Gardens

6

3

-

CSA

2

22

3

Restaurants

43

21

10

Stores

48

27

6

Here are some additional resources you may want to check out on your own:

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