Farmer’s Market turns 1

A vender sells peaches to customers at the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturday, July 30, 2012.
Matt Hellman | Lariat Photo Editor

By Amando Dominick

Staff Writer

To celebrate one full year of its market on the Brazos, the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market is hosting an anniversary party from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Waco Mayor Malcolm Duncan will commence the event with an opening statement.

“People who have never been to the market would be very surprised to see what Waco has to offer,” Sara Shoup, executive board member for the Waco Downtown Farmer’s Market, said.

The anniversary event will include a petting zoo, special menu items, live music from local bands, yoga, a person grinding wheat into flour using an antique tractor and many other events and activities.

The event is free and open to the public, but yoga costs $5.

In addition to the extra festivities, the vendors’ booths will still be stocked with produce for sale.

The Farmer’s Market is a year-round, open-air market that is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday.

At least 80 percent of the material available for sale is local agriculture, as required by the market’s ordinance from the city of Waco.

“The market gets you in touch with people and the ones who are actually growing crops and livestock around Waco,” Shoup said.

The Farmers Market is located at 400 S. University Parks Drive.