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Farmers’ Market hosts kids cooking class June 27; Extension agent to lead junior chefs on shopping trip

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The Main Street Farmers’ Market has already proven to be a crowd pleaser for the fresh food fans of Hopkins County, but a special event will draw a slightly different kind of demographic next weekend.

On Saturday, June 27th, Texas AgriLife Extension Agent Johanna Hicks will be leading a “Kids Cook at the Market” class aimed at junior chefs between the ages of 7 and 15. The class will make a shopping trip to explore the market, where they will learn about the importance of eating and cooking with fresh foods and getting the chance to talk with the farmers who are bringing their goods to market.

After completing their shopping excursion, the class will head to the AgriLife Extension booth to create a recipe for “Fruit Parfait.”

The class, which costs only $2 for each child, will start at 9 a.m. The deadline to register is Friday, June 26, but space is limited, so those interested in the class should plan on registering as early at possible.

As for this weekend, at least 22 vendors have already signed up for Saturday’s Farmers’ Market, the largest advance registration since the outdoor market opened three months ago.

City Manager Marc Maxwell said this week that last Saturday’s crowd was unusually large, but that was no surprise. Attendance was expected to be bolstered by the Dairy Festival Parade and the other events that were being held in the city on the opening day of the weeklong county fair.

What is surprising, however, is how the vendors seem to keep selling out of their goods, even though they’ve been bringing more and more products each weekend.

Maxwell estimated some 400 loaves of bread were offered for sale at last Saturday’s market, for example. All were gone before the end of the day.

“They keep bringing more stuff, and they keep selling out,” Maxwell said this week.

As usual, the Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday (and every Saturday until Oct. 17) on the one-block stretch of Main Street west of the downtown square.         The following is a list of vendors, provided by the city Farmers’ Market management, that had signed up by Thursday morning for this Saturday’s Farmers’ Market:

Shauna Williams — Fresh breads

JCS Cookies — Cookies, brownies, homemade dog treats and more

Three Oaks Farm — Plants, hanging baskets, flowers

Robert Armor — Smoked cheese

Patsy Yates — Produce

Jennifer & John Allison — Fresh eggs, dips and gourmet foods

Seven Seas Coffee Roasting Company — Coffee, smoothies, cappuccino’s, etc.

Bar V Brand — Ribeye steaks, sirloin steaks, club steaks, ground beef, pork sausage. They will be cooking sausage in the morning and hamburgers for lunch. Bar V also offers a variety of plants

Marlon Webb — Produce, plants

Sloans Creek Farm — Beef, lamb, goat, pasture pork, wild-caught salmon

Rusty’s Grass Finished Foods — Offers beef from cattle fed on native Texas grassland pastures near Como. Other food items available, such as  herbal sorbet desserts

Deborah Cavanaugh — Cookies, breads, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pies and more

Sulphur Springs Floral — Cut flowers

Rick Murray — Fresh breads

J.R. Fisher — Goat’s milk lotions, homemade soaps, fresh eggs, squash

Roy Olayo — Produce, plants, tamales, eggs

Loyd Roach — Produce

Elua Zoniga — Tamales

Danny Arnett — Beef jerky

Bob Pool — Blackberrys

Al Guerra — Sauces and dips

Robert Allino — Produce




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