By BRIAN SMITH
Joe Talavera said it’s something Aledo has needed for a long time. Talavera was one of many area residents who came out Sept. 7 for the first of the city’s urban farmers’ markets, which will run Saturday mornings through October. Talavera, from Annetta North, said he’ll go to as many as three farmers’ markets a day during the peak summer season.
“I don’t buy canned or frozen veggies. I get all my stuff from farmers’ markets throughout the year,” Talavera said. “My wife and I do a lot of canning and freezing, which saves money and is healthier.”
Jazbac Farm, one of the vendors on opening day, was doing a brisk business with its veggies throughout the morning. Chris James said business had been great since the opening. A wide variety of other vendors gave visitors plenty to look at and sample.
Andy Cope with Andy’s Juice Bar also said business had been steady. He said once word spreads about the market, open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday along Front Street, it will be a boon for everyone involved.
“Once we get a few more vendors in here, it’ll be great,” Cope said.
Danette’s Urban Oasis, from Fort Worth, had a number of sauces, marinades and other items to make your meat “sing” in the eyes of owner Danette Jones. (Hint: try the jalapeno mustard with the black pepper.)
Part of the publicity for the event came in the old-fashioned but very effective form of three young people with a sign and pom poms. Several people were seen pulling off northbound FM Road 1187 to look for nearby parking.
Perhaps the busiest stand of all was one not usually found at a farmers’ market. Mary’s Tamales was doing such a brisk business that proprietors couldn’t take a moment to talk.
In time, maybe all the vendors will be able to say that.
By BRIAN SMITH
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Christmas Tyme in Aledo rescheduled
Due to the wintry weather predicted for the area, Aledo city officials have decided to postpone Christmas Tyme in Aledo from Saturday, Dec. 7, to Saturday, Dec. 14. The event will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with most activities centered in the historic downtown area.
Aledo ISD playoff game cancelled
The Aledo Bearcat AAAA Divison II State Quarter Final football playoff game set for tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5, has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
All-district volleyball - Classes 5A-4A-3A
Parker County volleyball polished off another stellar district-play year in November. The counties’ schools netted two outright district titles, a district co-champion, a district runner-up and a playoff-qualifying third-place finisher.
Celebrity cutters lined up for Friday’s Careity benefit
For more than a decade now, one event has served as a big help for the Careity Foundation in terms of funds and donations.
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a winter storm warning for freezing rain and sleet across North and West Texas, including Parker County, for the period 6 p.m. Thursday through 6 p.m. Friday.
Bearcats to encounter Coyotes, wintry threat
Aledo vs. Wichita Falls High
Time: 6 p.m., Thursday
Site: Northwest ISD Stadium — 18501 Hwy 114, Justin
Type: Class 4A, Division II, Quarterfinal (Region I final)
Last year: Did not play
Aledo ISD football playoff game rescheduled
The Aledo ISD AAAA Divison II State Quarter Final Football Playoff game has been rescheduled to Thursday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m.
Hancock runs in Thanksgiving Trot
Heart transplant recipient and teen Dylan Hancock, who will receive the proceeds from this year's Thanksgiving Trot for a new home, ran in the 1-mile event in the Aledo area on Thanksgiving Day alongside mentor and friend Rob Helms.
Parker County jail facility under discussion
Community Education Centers, the company Parker County contracts with to manage the Parker County Jail, has offered to build a work-release low-security jail facility for the county free of charge.
Parker County earthquake tally rises
Two more minor earthquakes rattled northeast Parker County Tuesday, Nov. 26, bringing the total number of earthquakes last month to 17.
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