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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Ride for Heroes a success
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Aledo ISD School Board Place 7 candidates
Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is information gathered from the candidates for the Place 7 Aledo ISD trustee race, Hoyt Harris, James Riley Morrison and Debra Rogers.
Aledo ISD School Board Place 6 candidates
Early voting for the May 10 general election begins April 28. Following is information gathered from the candidates for the Place 6 Aledo ISD trustee race, incumbent David Davis and challenger Farida Goderya.
Callaway gets A+
Anita Callaway, an English teacher at Daniel Ninth Grade Center, was named “Teacher of the Year” during the 2014 Marva Collins Teaching Excellence Awards ceremony held April 15 in the Aledo High School auditorium.
Man dies in Farmer Road crash
A 60-year-old Parker County man was killed around 9:30 a.m. April 15 in a one-vehicle crash in the 2100 block of FM Road 3325, also known as Farmer Road.
Fire victims' fund established
Two streets down and hours after many members of the East Parker County community gathered April 5 to present a new home built with donations to the Hancock family, another family in the West Oak subdivision lost their home to a fire and is now in need of support from the community.
Delay adds $56,000 to Aledo Trail project
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Parker County Sheriff's Report March 31-April 11
Theft of property
A deputy was dispatched to 8600 Interstate 20 East, Aledo, in reference to a theft investigation. The 57-year-old male complainant said an unknown suspect stole $1,000 of copper wire from the Sprint tower on the site. A case was made for the theft of property: aluminum, bronze, copper and brass.
East Parker County Calendar of Events
Bearcats ‘N Boots Gala: dinner, auction and entertainment
• 6:30 p.m. at Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway, Fort Worth.
• Catered by The Wild Mushroom; entertainment by Four Day Weekend.
• Tickets cost $100.
• Benefitting the Aledo ISD Education Foundation
• Title sponsor Buford-Thompson Company.
• For more information, go to aledoef.org.
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