Keller Farmers Market nearing peak season

05/20/2014 3:22 PM

05/20/2014 3:30 PM

Peak season for the Keller’s Farmers Market is coming up in the next two weeks, and Executive Director Bridget Rodewald said it will see more produce vendors coming.

Freezes earlier this year prevented some produce from being grown, she said.

“We are in our fifth season and are grateful for that, and that the freezes are behind us,” she said. “Produce should show up much more plentiful in the next week or so, and we know the community is looking forward to that.”

Rodewald said she is excited to see the market develop through peak season, which lasts through July.

About 30 vendors sold at the first three markets, which saw about 1,100 visitors. Rodewald said an extra five produce vendors should be on hand in the coming weeks. Some of the vendors will focus on one item, such as blueberries, peaches or tomatoes.

So far, the market has featured greenhouse farmers, a lamb rancher, grass-fed longhorn beef, heritage pork, artisan cheeses, local honey, pastries, bread and more, Rodewald said. The most recent market offered a beekeeping class from Blackland Prairie Honey based in Haslet.

Shopping locally means making a commitment to eating within seasons and what is available, Rodewald said.

“I think many people are use to going to the grocery store and expecting everything there to be at the market, but that’s not the way agriculture works in North Texas,” she said.

The market’s website features a chart listing when certain food is in season.

The market also has a privately-funded, matching fund program for recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. People in the program can visit the market and have their purchases matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10 per week, per family.

“We don’t get enough people using the funds in that program, which is an important program for us,” Rodewald said. “You only need to show us that you are in that program.”

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