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Farmers market to open in Willacy

November 6, 2018

RAYMONDVILLE — For years, many residents in this rural area have wanted their pick of local farmers’ fresh fruits and vegetables.

Now, Willacy County finally has its own farmers market.

The Willacy Soil and Water Conservation District will open its farmers market tomorrow at the U.S. Department of Agriculture office’s parking lot.

The SWCD, a board representing farmers and ranchers in Willacy and Kenedy counties for 76 years, plans to hold the market the first Wednesday of each month.

“ We’re getting a lot of feedback,” Catalina Ozuna, the market’s manager who works as the district’s clerk, said yesterday.

Ozuna said residents want their own farmers market so they can stop driving to Harlingen to buy their fresh fruits and vegetables.

Meanwhile, local artisans want to showcase their homemade wares — from honey, jelly and oils to arts and crafts, Ozuna said.

“ A lot of people want a farmers market,” she said. “We want the community to support it and help it grow.”

So far, six vendors, some from as far as McAllen and San Benito, are planning to sell their wares there.

“ We want to get the community more involved in helping farmers and ranchers and those who farm at home,” Ozuna said. “We want to give them a place to sell the produce they’re growing. Hopefully, more people will start harvesting their vegetables and fruits.”

As its list of vendors grows, the market plans to start opening on Saturdays, Ozuna said.

“ We’re trying to get more vendors lined up to move it to Saturdays,” she said.

The market will not charge its vendors during its first few months.

fdelvalle@valleystar.com

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