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May 15, 2014

Farmers market starts Saturday

Corsicana — Saturday will mark the start of what is about the 29th season for the Navarro County Farmers Market.

The venue for selling and buying local produce will be open from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Tuesdays through November 1, according to Vice President Vernon Strebeck.

For the opening day, they will treat customers to free donuts and coffee.

Available for sale will be onions, new potatoes, squash, and greens.

“Since we got all this rain it may change things,” Strebeck said. “Some of my stuff isn’t ready right now. There may not be as much stuff this Saturday as say, Saturday week.”

In preparation for the season’s start, the farmers market is having its shed power sprayed and painted. They got assistance for the tidy-up from the City of Corsicana and McKee Lumber.

“We are a non-profit, and every little bit helped,” Strebeck said. “We put up the new gutters ourselves.”

There are about 20 local producers already signed up to participate on a regular basis at the market this season. They’re taking over from some big shoes. For more than 25 years, Fred Hayes ramrodded the Farmers Market, but his health has forced him to step back a bit.

“He’s tuned it over to us and we plan on keeping it going,” Strebeck said. “We want it for the community.”

“We’re going to have to have help from everybody, all the vendors and everybody,” he said. “But we’re going to do our best.”

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