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Posted: Friday, December 13, 2013 4:30 am

The Harker Heights Farmers Market is usually set up in front of the Seton Medical Center on Saturday mornings during the summer months.

“For the first time this year, we are having our Holiday Farmers Market in conjunction with Frost Fest,” said Heather Cox, activities coordinator for the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department.

Despite freezing temperatures Friday night, several vendors braved the weather and set up shop. They sold everything from salsa, baked goods, Latin food, holiday gifts, and local honey.

Of the 25 vendors who signed up to attend, 10 followed through.

“The weather was definitely a factor,” Cox said. “However, I’m still satisfied with our turnout.”

Steve Holskins, owner of Bee Kind Honey Farm, who is a regular vendor at the summer farmers market, was at the Holiday Market for the first time this year. He said local honey has many health benefits for dealing with allergies and the common cold this time of year.

“I made it a point to save some of my honey specifically for this event,” Holskins said.

Sandra Baumgartener of Harker Heights was at the market trying to raise money for her church missions.

“We are selling everything from duct tape pens to prayer rocks to Christmas earrings and pillows,” Baumgartener said.

Visitors to the 10th annual Frost Fest were able to check out all the vendors at the Holiday Farmers Market. Joey Buckett from Nolanville was visiting with his daughters, Joely, 10, and Madison, 8.

“I like this,” said Joely, as she pointed to the homemade scarves.

Visitors walked around holding hot chocolate and sampling salsa and other food items from vendors.

Applications will be available beginning in February at the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department for those interested in being a vendor at the 2014 summer Harker Heights Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will be open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in front of the Seton Medical Center Harker Heights beginning in May.

For more information, call 254-953-5493.

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