WF Farmers Market sees major growth

FARMERS MARKET GROWTH

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) -At the Wichita Falls Downtown Farmers Market, you’ll find more than fresh fruits and vegetables.

There are crafters, live music, and hot food that fill each and every market, and they are always adding something new.

“The first week that I set up here I was a little nervous about the traffic coming. This lady came around with her family and she just zeroed in it was really exciting,” Carrie Anne Taylor said.

Like an actual farm, the market is growing, nurturing, and providing for many local entrepreneurs. March was Carrie Anne Taylor’s first time selling her earrings at the market and it won’t be her last.

“I really appreciate the farmers market for taking me in and giving me a home,” Taylor said.

Speaking of home, farmers Zach and Kaci Scherler-Abney of Re: Farm say the market has led them to find a new one for another side of their businesses. They own a farm and ranch just north of the Red River where they’ve been selling their beef, pork and eggs at the market for years.

“It’s awesome to get feedback directly from the people that you are selling to day-to-day. We like the transparency from our customers knowing where their food comes from and how their food is raised, we always invite people to come to the farm” Kaci Scherler-Abney said.

They say they’ve seen the growth at the downtown farmers market first hand.

“Even though it was a little smaller when we first started, we have always felt the energy. And really even in the last six months with the pandemic, it’s been amazing to see the people coming out with their masks. The amount of enthusiasm to support WF farmers, local artisans, just people that are around the area trying to make a living” said Zach Scherler-Abney

It was that support that led to them to soon become a permanent resident of downtown. In fact, they are set to open a new shop up--- next month. Alisha Hagler, the market coordinator, says they are currently up to more than 50 vendors –meaning there is pretty much something out there for everyone.

“Anything you can think of is out here at the market so we would just encourage everyone that hasn’t been out here to come to check it out,” said Zach Scherler-Abney.

Alisha Hagler took the market over just a few months ago with one major goal --growth and connection.

“I think the sky is the limit at this point and we are offering a more well-rounded experience. Music, food connection because that’s what this town is all about, said Hagler.

The Farmers Market is taking place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. every Saturday through the month of May.

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