The Keller Farmers Market season opened on a bright and warm Saturday morning in Keller over the weekend, attracting many customers to its first weekly market of 2015.
New Executive Director Meghan Akeman said working with nonprofits and farmers is a “passion” of hers, and she believes recent rainfall will significantly increase the amount of produce at the market later this month.
“We’re expecting a produce explosion in a couple weeks,” Akeman said.
Saturday, vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, zucchini, onions and sweet potatoes were on sale, among others. Other vendors sold locally produced cheeses, meats, oils, spreads, baked goods, honey and other items.
“We enjoy the people out here,” said Jeff Ralston, owner and artistic designer of Woods Unique, a handcrafted wood shop he runs from his garage in Watauga.
The Market opened with live music, Hook and Ladder Pizza’s truck and free beer samples from Shannon Brewing Co. Akeman said the market will have “something extra every week,” including a flower-planting activity this Saturday for Mother’s Day and a cooking demonstration the next week with Blue Zones Project - Fort Worth.
The market also launched a vendor verification initiative this year, where market staff will verify the local production of certain products to be sold at the market.
“People want to know who their growers are, who makes their produce and cheeses and they want to buy local,” Akeman said.
The market is continuing its “Bike to the Circle” program, which began late last year, with Knobbies & Slicks bike shop to encourage market-goers to bike instead of drive.
“We really want to work with our neighbors,” Akeman said. “We have great businesses right here” in Keller Town Center.
The Keller Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October in front of Keller Town Hall.