Shopping local just became a little easier with the latest development at the Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market. The market will test a new winter season that will start Nov. 2, once the regular season closes in October.
Instead of vendors being in the outside market stalls, they will move inside of the building at the front of the property. This will shelter both vendors and shoppers during the cold winter months as they browse items to purchase.
Market president Jim Dockins said there’s a lot of excitement about having a winter market this year.
“On Nov. 2, we are going to move up here to the old coffee shop,” he said.” I think that we are going to have a lot of vendors up here. I counted up to 15. I will be up here with my fried pies and breads and I think that the tamale guy has committed to every other Saturday.
“We are also going to have a guy bring in a fall crop of lettuce and carrots and whatever (vegetable) fall brings,” Dockins said. “He is going to be here and has already committed. So, we should have a good turnout of vendors.”
Scott Osiier, BC Seasonings and Rubs owner, shared Dockins’ enthusiasm for what the winter market will bring to the community.
“We are really excited to have a year-round type market, which hopefully this will turn into,” Osiier said. “With the community’s support, we are going to be asking for that. We are going to do a trial run from Nov. 2 to the end of the year. If it goes well, we are going to continue it with the community support.
“We are excited to be able to continue because we have so many people ask us where we’re going to be after the market closes,” he said. “It is a great opportunity that the city has offered to keep doing the market year-round. We have got a customer base, they know we are here and they come here and want to see us every week. This gives them that opportunity. We are ready to go.”
Osiier anticipates a wide selection of vendors but with the selection varying some from week to week because not every vendor will be at the market each Saturday.
Fellow vendor Heather Dineen, co-owner of The Yellow Farmhouse with her husband, John Paul Dineen III, said the winter market will allow vendors to continue to serve the community and be a part of their customers’ lives throughout the year.
“It has been kind of a challenge and you build that customer base through that spring and summer markets (and then) it kind of drops off and you have to build that momentum back up,” Heather said. “So, as a vendor, I am very excited about this opportunity because I think that it is going to allow our vendors to expand and do more. Granted, it is going to take the community support. We have got a full supply of meats ready so we are ready to rock on through the fall and the winter.”
Heather said the winter market will allow local producers to expand because the better they do the more products they can offer to the community. It will also provide another place for people to do Christmas shopping, she noted.
John Paul said the market will have a good base of vendors offering a large variety of products ranging from local meats and honeys to seasonings, breads, coffees, teas, jewelry and more. He encourages the public to visit and see what the market has to offer.
“The only way that this is going to work is with the community’s support,” he said. “Y’all have been supporting the market faithfully during the summer season, sweating it out and taking your umbrellas when it is raining. Continue that support.
“This is going to be upfront and climate-controlled,” he said. “It is not going to be too hot or too cold. It is going to be the ideal thing.”
The winter market will be in the front building at the existing farmers market location at 410 S. Rogers St. across from city hall. It will have the same hours from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday starting Nov. 2.
For more information and updates about the winter market, check the Downtown Waxahachie Farmers Market Facebook page.