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Posted: Friday, November 23, 2012 4:30 am

Looking for unique gifts to give friends and family members who seem to have everything? The Harker Heights Holiday Farmers Market could be the cure for your shoppers-block.

Locally grown and handcrafted items from 21 local vendors will be featured at the farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon Dec. 1 at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

“This is the perfect opportunity to buy those unique Texas gifts to send to friends and family out of state,” said Heather Cox, activities center coordinator.

All the products offered at the farmers market are 100 percent locally grown and handcrafted, and most of the vendors are from Harker Heights, Killeen and Temple, Cox said.

Handmade crafts such as jewelry, soap, lip balm, fabric gift-wraps, flip-flops, bookmarks, journals, crocheted scarves and Christmas ornaments and decorations will be for sale, along with farm-fresh eggs, fresh oatmeal and cookie mixes from Sue Dorn and Family Nourishment Network. Tamales, breakfast burritos, candies and other tasty treats from La Cocinera Restaurant will also be for sale.

“Tamales are a holiday thing, so we’ll have those, too,” Cox said.

This is the second year for the Holiday Farmers Market, which is sponsored by the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department. The market can only accommodate 21 vendors because of limited space in the Activities Center, Cox said, so she established a waiting list for vendors who want to participate.

New to the farmers market this year is gift wrapping, which will serve as a fundraiser for the Giving Tree, part of the Killeen school district’s Homeless Awareness Response Program.

“(The city) usually adopts 12 to 15 students from the Giving Tree,” Cox said. “We’re hoping as a department that we can adopt one or two and be able to buy the gifts for them with the fundraiser.”

Cash donations will be accepted for gift-wrapping services, which will all be done by volunteers.

“They’re not professionals in any way, so it’s all in fun,” Cox said.

The activities center is at 400 Indian Trail, Harker Heights. For more information, call Cox at (254) 953-5493.

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