Nelda Winsett wants to sell some tomatoes, okra and corn. She also wants to see her friends.
For the past dozen years, the Cleburne resident has been selling fresh produce at the Mansfield Farmers Market -- and she’s ready for her 13th season to start Saturday.
“It’s like family over there,” said Winsett, who also sells produce at the Burleson and Cleburne farmers markets. “It’s not the same as Cleburne, which is just getting started. Burleson does OK. The people in Mansfield support you, they’re good old home folks.”
On Saturday mornings, pop-up tents spring up like mushrooms in the parking lot of an old church at 206 Smith St., selling produce, fresh bread, wood work, handmade soap, honey, plants, jelly, pickles and gourmet baked goods.
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Rex Wenger, who manages the market, never knows whether he will have a dozen vendors or 27. Crowds range from 250 to 350, he said.
“We have regulars that come and new people coming to Mansfield,” he said.
Dan Steinman and his wife, Joyce, started peddling their handmade woodwork and patio art last year, just to have something to do after retirement.
“We really liked all the people we met,” Steinman said. “It’s a great social event, the place to be on Saturday mornings.”
Pop & Ome’s, the Steinmans’ booth, can make 20 or 30 sales a week, he said. Making money isn’t the point, though.
“We make enough to buy the supplies to make more stuff,” Steinman said. “It’s more about the social atmosphere for us.”
For Winsett, though, Mansfield is her top market, with people drawn to her fresh produce.
“We grow what we can,” she said. “The squash, potatoes, okra, black-eyed peas, tomatoes and onions are ours. We go to Comanche to buy melons out of the field. We make two trips a week.”
For opening day, Winsett promises bicolor corn, fresh cucumbers, squash and tomatoes.
The market will be open from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 5, possibly even longer, Wenger said.
Amanda Rogers, 817-473-4451
Mansfield Farmers Market
8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays
206 Smith St.