You would never know we are in the dog days of summer if you visited the Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market last weekend. Twenty-two market vendors were on hand and the happy shoppers arrived early and stayed until the courthouse clock struck one. Our crafters and bakers celebrated Christmas in August with creative gift ideas and decorative accents. Our produce sellers continue to bring baskets full of local produce and summer’s finest vegetables and fruits. They are always willing to offer samples. I wandered the market looking for items to use for lunch later. My shopping bag ended with a loaf of bread from Jim, fresh basil leaves from Gary, beautiful tomatoes from Shirley and a chunk of Colby cheese from Elizabeth. I slipped the open faced sandwich under the broiler for a minute. What a delicious summer treat, all from our wonderful market.

The market was abuzz in other ways also. Ginger and George Cole were kept busy answering questions about honey bees and their importance as crop pollinators. Scott Rolen had a steady circle of visitors to observe the live bees he brought to promote his local honey. Many thanks to all.

This week the Ellis County Master Gardeners will present a Rain Barrel How-To program. There will be ongoing demonstrations on making a rain barrel to capture water for your backyard. Irrigation specialists will also be on hand with materials on creating a water efficient irrigation system. Be sure to visit the master gardener booth area for this helpful information so you can be ready when the rain returns. Be sure to sign up for the rain barrel that will be given away later in the year. You can sign up every time you visit the market so be sure to come often.

Stop by and visit our newest crafter. Sue has created dozens of unique switch plates, covering them with colorful designs included your favorite school logo. weGarden has baked goods for everyone, cookies, muffins and breakfast bread. Sugar-free cookies are a regular and this Saturday they will have gluten-free brownies. All baked goods are fresh baked on Friday and never frozen for premium quality. Visit the weGarden booth and satisfy your sweet tooth. 

Local gardens are still producing so you will find fruits, vegetables and produce. Peaches are still available at the market. Look for plenty of tomatoes, peppers, summer squash, cucumbers, zucchini, okra, corn, green beans, field beans, potatoes and onions. Cantaloupe, watermelon, pears, plums and other fruits are on hand.

Good news! Starting in September the market will be open on the second Thursday for Ladies Night Out. So Sept. 10th we will be open from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for your shopping pleasure. Look for lots of special treats and bargains. You can even grab a hotdog and soda or some warm tamales and salsa.

The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and is located at 410 South Rogers St. across from city hall. For information on becoming a seller contact Anita Brown at 469-309-4111. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook: Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market.