Heather Hunter (right) offers tastes of her Cowgirl Granola to customers.
The organizers behind the new Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market may have planned for a soft opening Sunday, but if turnout is any indication, it was a solid success.
Twelve vendors offered fresh produce, artisan cheeses, gluten-free foods, meats, orchids and more to a healthy turnout of shoppers.
"We only had five weeks to pull ourselves together," said Heather Hunter, who organized the market and who sold her Cowgirl Granola at the market. "And we've had a steady steam of customers all morning."
Studio One dance instructor Esteban Cardenas was one of the many who showed up to shop at nearby Whole Foods and was pleased to see the collection of fresh produce for sale in the parking lot in front of the store.
Radishes, garlic blossoms, new potatoes, greens, zucchini and onions were among the foods for sale. Manuela Zamudio of Zamudio's Farm in Natalia had some fresh kohlrabi, which she said she likes to cut up and serve raw in salads or serve by itself.
Chef Jason Dady of the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills made the market an occasion for a family outing, and his two daughters enjoyed some of the first peaches of the season.
Orchids are part of the Quarry Farmers & Ranchers Market offerings.
Humble House Foods offered fresh mozzarella while Good offered gluten-free cakes, cookies, sweets and breads. Whole Foods also had a table, showing its support for the venture.
David Lent, who organized the market with Hunter, said he expects 10 more vendors by the market's grand opening on June 5. "At least 50 percent of the booths will always be produce," he said.
A blues guitarist provided some morning music at one end of the market. In the near future, the organizers plan on having a tent with chairs where people can listen to experts talk about the health benefits of some of the foods available, such as grass-fed beef.
Radishes, onions and flowers are among the season's offerings.
The market will be open 8 a.m.-noon each Sunday in the Quarry parking lot, 255 E. Basse Road, though a good turnout could keep the vendors selling a half-hour or so later, Hunter said.