Autumn means fresh produce
The Farmers’ Market resumes with fall crops Saturday at the MacArthur Shopping Center in front of Beall’s in Orange. Starting at 7 a.m., the market will be open until all vendors have sold their produce.
Early crops should consist of purple hull and black-eyed peas, as well as squash, just to name a few. Jim Frazier also carries a variety of homemade jams and jellies.
As with the spring farmer’s market, there is no charge for vendors. Handcrafts and baked goods are also welcome.
Jean Fregia, one of the vendors helping to organize this season hopes the market will be successful enough to possibly start a Wednesday afternoon market. Gardens have to be picked more than once a week and growers need an outlet for the extra goods.
“People want the produce,” said Fregia. “Lots of people are there – before the vendors – waiting. They practically help the farmers unpack.”
Fregia said the market will continue each Saturday until the crops give out, probably sometime in November.
The Texas AgriLife Extension is the new sponsor for the event. Thanks go to Darlene Zavada from the Convention and Tourist Bureau for getting the market underway in the spring, Fregia said.
At the height of the season there were 33 vendors.
For more information, call Fregia at 745-4017 or 670-6121 or Frazier at 276-1260.