The Downtown Waxahachie Farmers' Market will open for the season this Saturday.

Visitors and residents will have the opportunity to shop for locally grown produce and handcrafted items at the market that will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday through October.

“Everyone has been going over to the market and cleaning up their spaces, making sure their signs are up and their table is ready. We had to have some big gaps (filled) that the rain has washed away. It is really exciting getting it started every year,” Downtown Development Director Anita Brown said. “Last year it was a rough start to the farmers' market because we had all of those heavy rains and the produce vendors kept getting flooded out and they had to replant three times. But we have not had those problems this year. The plant vendors, of course, they will have some beautiful stuff out.”

The market has a lot of items to offer customers ranging from fresh produce, baked goods, artisans cheeses, eggs, honey, salsas, jams, crafts, plants, jewelry, roasted coffee, bath and body products. Tommy’s Hotdogs will be returning to the market to provide concessions.

One vendors returning to the market for his second year is local agricultural producer John Paul Dineen III with his booth, the Yellow Farm House. Dineen has been a full time agriculture producer for the last 20 years. This year, Dineen will have an expended range of items available to customers.

Not only will they have freshly ground wheat flower, white and yellow corn meal and whole grain baking mixes but fresh beef as well.

“We made a good connection with folks locally that are looking to source local products and stuff like that. We have also added some products to our line. The major thing that we have added is local beef. We are bringing our beef to the market. So we are going to have steaks, ground beef, brisket and that kind of stuff for sale. That is one thing that we saw people looking for. We will have some more baking mixes and bread mixes also,” Dineen said. “We had very good interest from folks about local things and they wanted to know what other products that we had and things that we did. The beef, for instance, we have been using it for our personal use and we thought that people are looking for this and they want to buy beef from somebody they know locally. So we thought why can’t we do that too.”

His first year as vendor went really well, Dineen said, and was a good learning experience because he got positive feedback from the public. He added that he is excited be back and be a part of the market again this year.

Throughout the season, the market will have have a different weekly spotlight. Some spotlights include music and art, perfect time to plant, jams, jellies and jewels, Christmas in July, the Master Gardner Gill Festival and healthy whole grains.

Brown said new signage have been installed around the city to directing people to downtown and other points of interest in the city.

“We are hoping that a lot of people will take advantage of our new way finding and find their way to downtown and patronize the farmers' market,” Brown said. “Come out and find what your local famers' market has to offer. Rain or shine. We are looking forward to our 14th season.”

People who are interested in finding out about more information about the market or signing up to become a vendor they can go to the city’s website at www.waxahachietx.com or they can reach Brown at city hall at 469-309-4111. The vendor forms are available on the city’s website. Addition information can be found on the market’s Facebook page. Just search Downtown Waxahachie Farmer’s Market. The market is located across the street from city hall at 410 S. Rogers St. in downtown Waxahachie.

 

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