Fresh Start

Texoma farmers are back in business after a hard summer.  May 15, 2012 was the first day back for farmers and vendors at the Wichita Falls Farmers Market.

Last year the drought hurt the harvest and threatened business, but now things are off to a much better start.

"I have no strawberries left.  I didn't plan ahead very good," said Jan Young of Young's Orchard.

Last year farmers ran out of produce because of the drought, but this year it's because business is booming.

"It's been great.  We've had a real good turn out," Young said.

Last summer's dry weather cleared out most of their harvest.

"It affected everything in produce last year," said vendor Terry Parks.

That made for a difficult year for these small Texoma businesses.

"Compared to other years, it was really a poor year. We just survived last year," Young said.

She and her husband Steve own Young's Orchard.  She said many of their normally big selling crops like peaches and berries suffered last year.  They were forced to make due with what they had.

Young said, "We did pretty good considering what we had to work with I thought."

Now things are turning around.

"It's a whole lot better this year than last year because of milder temperatures and a little bit more rain," said Parks.

"It's fun to see all of our old customers coming back," Young said.  "We make friends out here."

The market is open every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7:30a.m. to 1 p.m.  Market vendors are looking forward to several special events through the summer.  For more information follow this link to their web site.

Taelor Rian, Newschannel 6.