The Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market will be a busy place this weekend. Not only do we have lots of local produce but we have a number of special events happening. This week we are celebrating all our great crafters. Check out Dee’s Simple Designs, and her personalized key chains, and handmade Necessary Clutch Wallets. The wallets can hold 12 credit cards, a check book, and have compartments for your phone as well as zipper pockets. They come in bright beautiful colors and can be personalized by Dee. Rebecca has her lovely handcrafted soaps, some of which are made with milk from her dairy goats. She is easy to find, as usually one of her nanny goats accompanies her and children are gathered around. Look for Jessica with bath and body products and her massage chair, Lucretia with jewelry, Sharon with medicinal oils, Debra, with her jewelry along with fresh eggs and homemade pickles and preserves. Funky Factory has crafts, toys and balloon art for the kids.

Special events at the market this week include a 4H family bringing several of their alpacas to the market. The family will discuss raising and caring for the animals along with a demonstration on carding, spinning and weaving the alpaca fiber into cloth.

The Ellis County Master Gardeners will present their series, “Pop-Up Horticulture.” Micki Roark will be discussing container gardening. Be sure to stop by with your questions and hear her advice on growing plants, vegetables and herbs in a container during our hot Texas summers. Look for her under the white pop-up awning. Also, look for the master gardener plant of the day for sale at their booth.

The Texas Farm Bureau will also be at the market with their Mobile Learning Barn. The display features farming in Texas and includes some hands-on activities. The barn displays common products grown on Texas farms and found on our household pantry shelves, connecting the farm to the community.

Local produce has arrived at the market. Look for local peaches, early summer squash and zucchini, tomatoes, beets, onions, lettuces and cabbages. Along the food line we offer a variety of flavorful cheeses, fruit waters, artisan breads, muffins, fried pies, local honey, jams and jellies. The eggs sold at market are just days old and fresh from the farmer to you. Be sure to pick up some fresh roasted coffee beans to go with your eggs and breakfast sweets. You can buy some ready-to-eat tamales or a breakfast burrito made to order. If you like doing your own baking stop by the Yellow Farmhouse booth for their wide selection of bread and muffin mixes. Be sure to pick up a package of their Ellis County farm raised beef. The women’s auxiliary of SAGU will be selling bags of walnuts and pecans as a fund raiser for their many projects. Hope to see you at the market.

The market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 410 South Rogers Street, across from city hall. For information on becoming a market seller contact Anita Brown, Director of Downtown Development at 469-309-4111. Friend us on Facebook.