A new Farmers & Ranchers Market is set to open in the Quarry Market parking lot, 255 E. Basse Road, on May 1.
The emphasis will be on fresh, locally grown, humanely raised and artisanally produced food, according to Heather Hunter, one of the two directors behind the enterprise. It will run from 8 a.m. to noon each Sunday, rain or shine.
The market will set up in the lot next to Whole Foods, which welcomes the new venture. “Whole Foods Market is committed to supporting local producers, not only by selling regional products in our stores, but also by supporting local farmers markets where they sell their unique artisanal products,” said Chris Romano, produce coordinator and local forager for Whole Foods Market Southwest region.
The lineup of vendors will be selling local and organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, pastured chickens and their eggs, honey, pasta, all-natural tamales, cheeses, mustards and other spreads and sauces, Hunter’s Cowgirl Granola, gluten-free foods, herbs and plants and more.
In addition to the products for sale, the market will offer lectures and seminars on topics such as where food comes from and how to plant a garden. Cooking demonstrations, live music and other special events are also planned.
Hunter’s partner in the venture is F. David Lent. The two are also establishing a board of advisers to assist in program development.
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