Downtown Waxahachie will be busy with activity this weekend for the start of the farmers market season.

Vendors selling everything for hand made pottery to produce to baked goods will have a lot to offer customers who browse their booths Saturday morning.

“I have got 21 paid vendors right now and the paperwork for three more. Hopefully they will get it all turned in so they can participate on Saturday. Out of 21 vendors, 14 are returning vendors and seven are new to the market,” downtown development director Anita Williamson said.

“We are looking forward to another great year for the farmers market and it has grown every year.”

The vendors include seven with local produce, flowers and plants; pottery; jewelry; Mark Miller, known as the cobbler, who sells hats; Texas Longhorn Beef Co-op; and the Country Store, which sells homemade baked goods. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday, May 21-Oct. 15, in downtown Waxahachie.

Taste of downtown

As part of Saturday’s activity around the square visitors can sample what downtown has to offer through the Taste of Downtown event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the College Street Pub, located at 210 N. College St., or at the Ellis County Museum, located at 201 S. College St. Visitors can go to 14 different businesses and sample different items such as food. Businesses that are participating include 1879 Chisholm Gill, Boyce Gain and Feed, Odom’s Barbeque, Oma’s Jiffy Burger, Plato Loco, the Texas Theater, Whitley’s Philly Grille, Riley’s Bakery and Cafe, Doves Nest, Catfish Plantation, Gunbarrel Barbeque, College Street Pub, Chantilly Place Tea Room and the Soap Goddess. The day of the event, tickets can be purchased at the farmers market information booth.

Spring Fling

The fourth annual spring fling will take place in downtown on the corner of Jefferson and South Rogers streets. Antique dealers will sell items in an outdoor flea market. Sidewalk sales will be in and around the historic downtown. This will take place from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

“These vendors will be showcasing some great antiques and collectibles and they will have terrific special prices as well,” said Diana Buckley, a vendor from My Father’s House Antique Mall, 300 S. Rogers.

“The farmers market will also be open, a block away, on the historic courthouse square. There will be vendors from My Father’s House and from Old Town Village. Both the stores will still be open, of course, as will the several other wonderful stores in our historic downtown,” she said.

Live music will be part of Saturday’s events with the Cedar Junction Bluegrass band playing on the courthouse lawn from 10 a.m.-noon. KBEC 1390 will do a live remote broadcast.

Randy Brown and Chad Rueffer will perform at the Ranch Coffee House located in the Rogers Hotel from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 100 N. College St.

There are also children’s activities planned that include several bounce houses and a face painter located at the corner of West Franklin and South College streets.

“We just want everyone to know that we are still open for business. We have a lot of businesses going and have a lot of activity. Come back and discover downtown again,” Williamson said.

For more information about the event or to rent a vendor booth, contact Williamson at 972-937-7330, ext. 198, or email awilliamson@waxahachie.com.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews.com or 469-517-1458.