More than 20 local vendors manned tables at the Holiday Farmers Market in the Harker Heights Activities Center Saturday hoping the unseasonably warm weather would not put folks out of the holiday shopping mood.
But by 11 a.m., Heather Cox, parks and recreation department activities coordinator, said business was slow. She attributed the small turnout to the 80-plus degrees the thermometer registered that day.
“Maybe it’s the warm weather, I don’t know,” she said, handing a cup of free hot chocolate to a young boy.
Lisa Marie Stevenson of Harker Heights sat behind a table of handcrafted necklaces, earrings and bracelets as her young daughter, Jocelynne, flitted around the room checking out other booths. Stevenson, who recently moved to Harker Heights from Colorado Springs, Colo., started her jewelry business, Enchantment Architect, to make extra money while she stays home to care for Jocelynne.
The Holiday Farmers Market was her first crafts-fair experience.
“It’s been slow, but I really didn’t know what to expect,” she said.
Other vendors, many who are regulars at the city’s weekly summer/fall farmers markets, agreed with Stevenson’s sentiment, saying business had been slow for them, too. But they took the opportunity to chat with fellow vendors and the few visitors who passed by their booths.
“We make all our products from essential plant oils, no chemicals,” said Ken Meyer of Nolanville, co-owner of Touched by an Angel Skincare. “You’d be surprised at the toxic chemicals that are in dryer sheets and shampoo.”
This was the second year for the Holiday Farmers Market.