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Fresh produce brings market to life

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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE - Rows of green, yellow, orange and red can be seen stretched across the downtown area on any given Saturday morning in the summer months.

Starting in May and lasting through October, downtown Waxahachie comes to life with the vibrant colors and smells of fresh produce, baked goods and more during their recurring Farmer’s Market lasting from 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.

"The Farmer’s Market is in its 8th year now and continues to be a big draw to downtown Waxahachie," said Downtown Development Director Anita Williamson.

"There are 24 vendors participating this year and they are reporting sales even higher than last year (which was our biggest year to date) which shows that this is something the community really enjoys and supports."

Last year, vendor sales from May- October were the highest ever brought in at a total of $125,906 according to Public Relations Director Amy Hollywood.

With a total cost of $135 for the year, the market permit includes a spot downtown with a banner if the vendor so chooses.

"Once they purchase the booth, pop up tents and a vinyl banner are included in their booth fee," said Hollywood.

Space permitting, there are a few spots set aside each week for vendors who don’t want to commit to being in the Market each week and reviewed by the committee as long as the request is submitted before the Wednesday of the week the vendor wishes to participate.

The first time the vendor participates, they will pay a vendor fee of $35 with a fee of $20 each week until the vendor reaches the $135 limit. The vendor will not have any more fees due once the limit is reached but still must apply before the Wednesday of each week.

For additional information on how to apply to be a vendor go to the city of Waxahachie’s Web site www.waxahachie.com click on departments on the top tab and scroll down to click on downtown development.

Be sure to arrive early for top choice pickin’.


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