Spring is around the corner, making way for the 2020 season of Waxahachie Downtown Farmers Market.
From April to October, patrons can buy a variety of locally grown produce, plants, jams, jellies, spices, hand made goods and more.
“The Farmers Market is a great event because it allows our local producers and crafters a place to sell their wares and it provides our citizens the opportunity to purchase locally grown and made products,” said Anita Simpson, the city’s director of downtown development.
Simpson said a total of 42 vendors participated last year with an average of 22 to 28 vendors onsite each Saturday throughout the season.
“They [vendors] came from Waxahachie and surrounding towns including Midlothian, Ovilla, Red Oak, Palmer, Ennis, Glenn Heights, Forreston, Venus, Dallas, Grand Prairie and Waco,” Simpson explained. “We had a variety of [items] including produce, plants, canned goods and baked goods, jewelry, dog treats, handcrafted wreaths, wallets, and other trinkets, local meats and fresh ground flour, local honey, etc.”
The director said the retail marketplace, which started in 2003, gets bigger and more economically fruitful by the year.
“The market has seen increase traffic and sales every year and last year vendors reported over $180,000 in sales at the market during the regular 27-week season,” Simpson boasted. “So, it is obviously an event that benefits and is used by the community.”
For many residents, the appeal of the market is the opportunity to support local entrepreneurs and enjoy their fresh produce and homemade or handmade goods.
“As a new Waxahachie resident, we look forward to Farmers Market season,” said Raul E. Machuca Jr. who moved to the city with his wife and kids last December. “One of the reasons we moved here was to enjoy all the local farm offerings in the area. We attended the Farmers Market last year and fell in love with the people and culture. This was one of the selling points for moving into the area.”
Machuca Jr. said he enjoyed the organic eggs and honey at the market.
Rheannon Adams is looking forward to fresh vegetables.
“I can't wait for the farmers market,” shared Rheannon Adams excitedly. “Our favorite booth is Two Forks Market Garden. Their butterhead lettuce is the best I've ever had… I never would have gotten my 6-year-old hyped for eating kale if it wasn't for the Farmers Market culture and experience.”
Others would like to see more vendors and more produce.
“I wish our Farmers Market had more fresh fruit and vegetable options,” said Zada Owens. “They seem less focused on that the last few years so I stopped going.”
“I wish the Farmers Market had more vendors,” Lise Bradley complained. “It takes five minutes to shop around the whole market.”
Vendor applications can be found online at Waxahachie.com.
The market kicks off on Saturday, April 25 at 410 S. Rogers St., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Simpson at 469-309-4111 or email@example.com.