Weatherford Democrat

September 17, 2013

Farm Fresh


Weatherford Democrat

— 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.