Hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association, the Waxahachie Farmers Market will kick off its 2007 season Saturday, May 26, on the southern side of the Ellis County Courthouse square.

Beginning at 8 a.m., the market starts up its sixth year, downtown development director Anita Kornegay said.

However, in a departure from last year’s schedule, the market will close at 1 p.m., instead of 2 p.m, Kornegay said.

Booths at the market will include fruits and vegetables grown by Ellis County farmers, canned goods, candles, flowers, fresh vegetables, Organigro Products, arts and crafts, beef jerky, preserves, hay and prints.

“We’ll have lots of produce,” Kornegay said. “And we’ve got the Homemade Gourmet and the Pampered Chef.”

Of the 15 vendors signed up for the first market, the newest addition is Maui Wowie, a drink stand that specializes in smoothies and which has a counter in the Waxahachie H-E-B.

Also on hand will be volunteers from the Ellis County Master Gardeners, who will answer visitors’ questions and provide the latest GoTexan literature from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

Lone Star Glory Band will provide music for the market’s season opener.

The 2007 Waxahachie Farmers’ Market season will run every Saturday through the Bob Phillips Texas Country Reporter Festival, scheduled this year for Oct. 27.

E-mail Anthony at Anthony.Trojan@waxahachiedailylight.com