Farmers Market returns; moves to downtown

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After not being around for a few years and moving locations, the farmers market is back and bigger than ever.

The Fort Stockton Downtown Association decided to bring back the farmers market and move it from Ace Hardware's parking lot over to Main Street.

The set up is in the 100 block of Main Street between the old police station and Cash Express.

The Downtown Association teamed up with the Farmers Market and Crafts group and is open to all vendors.

Vendors can sign up the day of, before the event starts for $10, but those who sell hot food have to get a vendor permit the day before from the city for $25.

The money will be used for holiday funds, decorating the downtown area and bringing kid friendly fun.

The goal of the event is to bring foot traffic downtown.

Last Saturday saw about 6 vendors and organizers are hoping to up the number to 10 or more each weekend.

Organizers are hoping that as the weekends go on they can bring contests and activities for kids.

One of the vendors was the Sparks Family Farms who were gauging public interest for their raised meats.

“They're ready to get eaten,” said Samuel Sparks, 8.

The family raises Miniature Hereford and being a smaller local farm they are hoping the community is interested in their product which will include 8 to 9 inch ribeyes.

The family has a facebook page where they can be reached for questions and they are hoping to have individually packaged meats by the end of July.

“It will be a lot fo meat, a lot of it,” said Samuel.

Other vendors included Rafa Vasquez who was selling his red and avocado salsa and his moms mango salsa.

Vasquez won peoples choice and judges choice at a salsa competition in May.

“I don't want to toot my own horn but its good,” he said.

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