Two green thumbs up for the Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market.
The freshest attraction in town is back for a seventh season and it opens Saturday.
Anita Williamson is the downtown development director for Waxahachie. She’s ready for the market to bloom once more.
“It’s going to be a busy day downtown,” she said.
KBEC radio will do a live remote broadcast from 9 a.m.-noon.
The Gatlin Band of Ellis County will be on hand to play gospel, bluegrass and country from 9:30-11:30 a.m. There will be balloons and candy for the kids.
As an added bonus, the hundreds of veggie bargain hunters who come to the outdoor event will be treated to the Quick Draw that signals the start of the Paint Waxahachie! Plein Air paint-out event.
A field of 50 artists will gather Saturday, with “brushes up” at 10 a.m. and “brushes down” at 11:30. Their primary rule: Stay on the Courthouse Square. The event provides an opportunity for art aficionados to meet and watch artists at work.
“Some of the artists usually paint some of our farmers market vendors,” Williamson said.
As of last week, Williamson had 18 vendors signed up and paid, and another 10 had made inquiries. Vendors range from familiar favorites hawking juicy tomatoes and potatoes to a glassblower and potter – and even a vendor selling USDA-certified longhorn beef.
And the Ellis County Master Gardeners will be there, handing out advice and selling green goods.
“We’ll have a good crop … no pun intended,” Williamson said. “It’s a gathering spot, where you get fresh produce and support local people – it’s a great group of people. I can tell it’s something the community loves because of the figures the vendors turn in.”
The value of the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market can’t be measured in cucumbers and peaches, though.
“It brings people downtown – it’s like old home week. Certain people come every week to shop at their favorite vendors and get together with all the folks they know,” Williamson said.
At the Garden Variety Organics booth, Dewan Hinsley and his wife Helen will again sell their organic fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides, as well as organic crops grown on their farm eight miles south of Waxahachie.
They’ve got onions and squash just ripe and ready to hit the soup.
“We’ve got to get down to the farmers market and get these veggies down there – people are already calling up,” Dewan Hinsley said.
The Hinsleys have been hitting the market for five years.
“We get a lot of people that find out we’re here that way – we get a lot of sales and we make a lot of friends,” he said. “It’s a great organization and it’s there for people who want good food at good prices.”
The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market runs from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. May 30-Oct. 18 this year.
For information, vendors should contact Williamson at 972-938-2101, ext. 198.
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