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New location, changes helping Highland Lakes Farmers’ Market grow

MARBLE FALLS — You don't have to wait until spring for fresh vegetables and produce; you just have to head over to Falls Creek Park from 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays.

It's the new home of the Highland Lakes Farmers’ Market.

"It's just a great spot for us," said Sandy Boulter, the market manager. "It's more centrally located. There's more room for parking and shoppers. Plus, there's room for us to grow."

The market had been setting up on Saturday mornings at Crownover Feed for the past several years.

Highland Lakes Farmers’ Market officials have undertaken a number of changes the past several months in an effort to improve the market, both for the vendors and the patrons. Along with the location, another big change is the name.

The market started as the Marble Falls Farmers’ Market, but organizers changed it to the Highland Lakes Farmers’ Market last fall to draw a more regional group of farmers, growers and other vendors. More vendors means more options for shoppers.

Officials also created rules for vendors to help make sure produce and goods are locally grown or made.

Another major change, Boulter pointed out, is how individuals, businesses and organizations can support the farmers’ market in addition to shopping there.

"We have personal and business memberships," she said.

By joining the Highland Lakes Farmers’ Market as a member, people can shop from 8:30-9 a.m. before the market opens to the general public.

Though change can be tough, Boulter said these transitions appear to be well-received.

"We get so many emails every day interested in the market," she said.

The Highland Lakes Farmers’ Market will open at its new spot starting Jan. 16. The park is located on Main Street between Yett Street and Buena Vista Drive.

Go to highlandlakesfarmersmarket.com for more information.

daniel@thepicayune.com

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