HARKER HEIGHTS — The wind whipped a plastic bag out of Pete Luley’s hand as he tried to bag zucchinis for a customer Saturday morning.
“Here, you hold the bag,” he said, shouting above the gust.
Saturday marked the opening summer season at the Harker Heights Farmers Market outside Seton Medical Center Harker Heights and the Pioneer Farmers Market outside Tractor Supply Company in Killeen.
The Harker Heights Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon until October. The Pioneer Farmers Market opens every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Families, couples and kids can peruse a variety of fresh local produce, baked goods, jams and jewelry.
Susan Doran and her daughter, Jamie, stood in front of the Just Ducty booth in Heights.
“It started as a mother-daughter thing; we started when she was 16,” said Susan Doran, co-owner of Just Ducty, explaining how her booth, which makes craft items out of duct tape, came about.
The pair uses patterned and colored duct tape to make custom items such as wallets, headbands and notebooks.
“A little girl just came up here and quickly said ‘I want that as a headband and that as a bow,’” said Susan Doran, holding up two different rolls of patterned duct tape. “And I thought, those are pretty good colors.”
At the Pioneer Farmers Market, Jerry Todd, a booth owner, smiled and asked how his hair looked, lifting up his wig to reveal a bald spot.
“That’s the famous Bradley Ware there, we call him beware,” Todd said, joking around with the owner of Ware Farms.
Ware Farms sells local honey products at the market. Several of the vendors have been selling together for more than three years at the Killeen market.
Newcomer Helly Asoy stood shyly several booths over. Her booth, Helly’s Raw Food, sold dehydrated and spiced vegetables to raise money for Philippine Typhoon survivors.
“I arrived here the morning of Jan. 27, almost three months after the typhoon ... I was making these in the Philippines before the typhoon,” said Asoy, explaining how she recently moved to the country after surviving Typhon Haiyan, which hit her native country Nov. 8.
Asoy was fundraising for her husband — a doctor — and two sons, who are still in the Philippines helping with storm recovery and cleanup.
“It’s our first time coming here. ... It’s nice to see that so many people want to share their talents,” Pat Dinwiddie said, walking with her muffin-eating husband at the Heights market.