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Farmer’s Market Returns to Harker Heights

Farmer’s Market Returns to Harker Heights

Sara Escobar

Evening Star

The seventh annual Farmer’s Market in Harker Heights held its grand opening on Saturday, May 6. The market, which offers produce from local farmers, as well as hand-crafted goods from artisans, will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through October 28, in front of Seton Medical Center, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway.

The Farmer’s Market has only grown and improved over the consecutive years, according to Parks and Recreation activities coordinator, Heather Buller. “Seton has always played a vital role in the market,” Buller said in a previous interview, “and part of that is why it’s been so successful. The connection we’ve made here is perfect. A hospital that deals with health is the best match, especially with vendors who are selling items such as fresh Texas grown produce homemade granola, local honey and grain-fed beef.” Buller also points out the shift taking place within the market. “This year we’re making a change and following an educational track that will allow the vendors new opportunities to visit with consumers and teach them tricks of the trade, as well as share information about how items are created and grown.” Buller says the market will take place each Saturday, rain or shine.

The Harker Heights Farmer’s Market has been established to provide a venue where local farmers, producers and crafters can come together and provide a variety of fresh produce and other products directly to the consumer. The market also encourages direct communication between consumers and growers, while fostering community building.

By visiting and purchasing from the local farmer’s market, you are not only supporting family farmers, you protect the environment because the produce isn’t traveling long distances and using viable resources—you may also discover an impressive array of produce that you won’t find at the local supermarket, allowing you to experience ultimate biodiversity. And lastly, you can connect with your community while shopping amidst outdoor stalls of fresh produce and hand-made goods. The farmer’s market is a community hub; it’s a place to meet up with friends, bring your family, or just get a taste of small-town life in the middle of the city.

According to the Farmer’s Market website, the number of vendors signed up so far include 10 farmers, including the Belton Veggie Guys and BeeKind Honey Farm, 18 value-added products such as Jans’ Beef Jerky & Papa’s Pickles, Chef Flaco’s Salsa and Luna Juice Bar, and 17 hand crafted vendors like Cooper’s Classic Crafts, Angel Soaps and PM Woodcrafts.

Vendor applications are being accepted until June 30. There is currently a waiting list for hand-crafted vendors, but none for farmers, ranchers or value-added vendors. For hand-crafted vendors, a completed application must be submitted to be put on the waiting list. Wait listed hand-crafted vendors will be accepted as spots become available. Prospecting vendors can fill out their own application on the official Harker Heights website, www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us, or contact Heather Buller at 254 953 5493.

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