Location, location, location.
The common realty mantra has proved true for vendors of the Harker Heights Farmers Market since it relocated from its original location in Carl Levin Park to a site next to Seton Medical Center.
“It’s been amazing,” said Heather Cox, Harker Heights activities coordinator. “Since the move three weeks ago, we have had all of our vendors sold out. That has not happened since our first day back in 2011.”
More than a dozen vendors set up at the farmers market Saturday, including Jason Tran and his wife. Pharmacists who are also bakers, the Trans have seen an increase in sales of their bakery items since the market moved to Seton. “Today, we had three trays of cookies and now we are down to a half of a tray,” Tran said.
Touched by Angels Soap, also received a sales boost at the new location. Owners Ken and Angel Meyer, who have sold their soaps, lotions, shampoo and other skin care products at the Harker Heights Farmers Market since it started in 2011, gave the new location their votes of approval.
“It’s a good look for the market to be in front of the hospital,” Ken Meyer said. “This is the main bulk of our business … during the summer. We love being able to help people with their skin problems. It’s a lot fun.”
Customers were pleased with the new location. Many had discovered the farmers market for the first time on Saturday.
“I didn’t know the city of Heights had a farmers market,” said Angela Beaver of Belton. “I just drove by and saw all of this stuff. I’m glad I stopped.”
Michelle Rutledge of Harker Heights enjoys the variety of organic produce available. “I can spend $20 and get a whole bag full of produce and goodies that are healthy for my family,” she said.
The city is still taking vendor applications for the 2013 season. For more information, call Cox at (254) 953-5493 or go to www.ci.harker-heights.tx.us.
Monique Brand - Herald correspondent