The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market will open to customers for its 11th season on March 23.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. each Saturday until Dec. 21.

The market provides residents the chance to support their local economy by shopping from local growers and craftsmen.

“For our grand opening, we will have balloons for the kids and (Ellis County) Master Gardeners. I am hoping that everyone will come out,” Downtown Development Director Anita Williamson said. “One of the reasons why we are starting in March instead of May is for the plant vendors to participate. People can come out and buy their bedding plants and such. Then of course our produce vendors’ gardens will start producing those great summer fruits and vegetables.”

Williamson said one of the market’s long-term vendors is having a concessions trailer built and will have concessions for sale this year. To date, six vendors have signed up to be part of this year’s market. Some of the items that these individuals will be selling include baked goods, home décor items, handmade jewelry and fresh produce.

Last year the market moved to its new home on Rogers Street in the old lumber yard building located across from city hall at 401 S. Rogers St.

The outside of the farmers market building was previously renovated to give vendors and customers a shaded, covered area to shop. This year the inside of the building will also be renovated to allow the market to expand.

“I think that a lot more vendors want to participate, because it is in a covered area and they don’t have to mess with setting up a tent every year,” Williamson said. “They can claim their space and many of them have already built tables and put up racks for their products. They can make it their own, so I think that it has been a lot more attractive to vendors.”

Applications for vendor spaces and market information are available on the city website at www.waxahachie.com by looking on the home page or by clicking on the “Downtown Development” tab under “Departments.” Williamson can be reached at city hall for questions at 469-309-41111 or by email at awilliamson@waxahachie.com.

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