By Rebecca Rose
Harker Heights Herald
The Harker Heights Farmers Market is set to open on June 4.
"We're moving ahead," said Jerry Bark, Parks and Recreation director. "I'm excited about it."
The city's first farmers market would offer a selection of foods and products produced entirely within the state of Texas.
Plans for the market started when Activities Specialist Sarah Rodriguez mentioned the idea in an interview with the Killeen Daily Herald earlier this year.
"Vendors started calling her. It was unique; it stood out to them. From there, we knew there was a need, a desire to have one in the community."
Bark said the farmers market offers a twofold benefit to the area.
"It's going to allow the consumer as well as the grower to have a social gathering as well as building community spirit. I think farmers markets are an opportunity for people to take pride in their community."
At a workshop on Tuesday to discuss the plan, Parks and Recreation activity coordinator Heather Cox said the market would be open to "100 percent Texas farmers and growers" and be "vendor friendly." There would be no fee for sellers or shoppers, but vendors would have to apply and be approved to sell.
They also plan to include regional artists and craftsmen. But Cox said they want the focus to remain on offering locally produced foods to the community.
"We don't want it to be like a flea market or an antique market," she said. "Those are nice, but it's not what we want."
The market would run from June to October on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. It would be held in Carl Levin Park, in the parking lot adjacent to the swimming pool.
Bark said that he expects the market to have a lot to offer shoppers in the community looking for fresh fruits and vegetables.
"I expect to have a good array. From onions to tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, green peppers, and jalapenos. It really is exciting."
Plans to promote the market include placing advertising on city cars and working with area feed stores to inform local growers.
The Heights market would join farmers markets in Temple, Belton, Salado, Killeen and Lampasas.
The City Council will meet on Tuesday to vote on the measure.
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