By Kim Steele
Killeen Daily Herald
HARKER HEIGHTS - In every way possible, the Harker Heights Farmers Market is growing as it enters its second year.
Sarah Rodriguez, activities specialist for the parks and recreation department, said not only is the number of vendors climbing this year, but the number of customers is increasing, too. To accommodate the growth, Rodriguez said the city has stretched the market's season a month earlier and later than last year.
"Last year, the farmers market started small with six vendors and grew to 14, and this year we already have 20 vendors," said Rodriguez. "And we're happy because those vendors offer exactly what we envisioned - quality products that are Texas-made and Texas-grown."
Heather Cox, activity coordinator for the parks and recreation department, said the farmers market provides a unique venue where local farmers, producers and crafters can come together to offer a variety of fresh items directly to consumers. Cox said she has been looking forward to the starting date for months.
"We are so excited about this year's farmers market," said Cox. "I haven't been this giddy in a long time. We worked so hard last year, starting with four vendors, and grew by the end of the season, and now we are bursting at the seams. I think it will be a success."
This year's vendors include Emmele's Sewing Room, Touched by an Angel Soaps, Green Crescent Bagels, Clyde's Clock Shop, Maria's Fresh Eggs and Art, The Wooden Arrow, Bumble Bee Soap Company, Honey Bee Market Place, Glorified Granola, Efflorescence Jewelry, Three Bandits Dog Bakery, The Knitting Rose and Sunrise Muffins n' More.
Their products include knitted and crocheted items, soaps, breads, aprons, handmade shopping bags, organic herbs, wooden books, fabric flower headbands, jewelry, canvas art, popcorn, wood carvings, dog treats and tea wallets. There will be bagels and spreads, scones, vanilla iced coffees, cantaloupe water, cookies and oatmeal for sale.
For those seeking fresh produce, Veggies R Us, Hudmart and farmer Steve Hoskins will provide a variety of home-grown delicacies, including beets, chard, mushrooms, green beans, cabbage, collards, melons, radishes, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, turnips, peppers and okra.
Contact Kim Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7567.
If you go
The Harker Heights Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. to noon today. It will continue each Saturday through Oct. 27 at Carl Levin Park, 400 Miller's Crossing.