The historic Longview Farmers’ Market opens Saturday with new and old vendors selling everything from meats and eggs to breads, soaps and flowers.
“The response from both old and new sellers has been outstanding this year, and right now the market is full,” said Ellen Gordon of Preservation Longview. The nonprofit organization hosts the market each year at 105 W. Cotton St., where Kelly Plow Works was located at the start of Longview. Longview Preservation’s mission is to “protect, promote and preserve the history, arts and culture of the Longview community, including the historic sites and agrarian roots of the area”.
The market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday during its season.
“The historic Longview Farmers’ Market offers local residents and visitors the opportunity to purchase locally grown produce directly from farmers, as well as other local agricultural and specialty products,” the market information reads. “No product on the market is bought in bulk and resold, and each supplier has been verified by an on-site visit.”
Organizer Lynette Goodson said all 30 stalls at the market are full, although not all of them will be there every Saturday.
“It will be a great season. We will have a lot of good things,” she said.
This year’s produce includes seasonal vegetables and fruits; Maine-Anjou grass-fed beef, pork, lamb and free-range chicken; eggs from free-range hens; goat cheese; artisan breads; breakfast breads and cinnamon rolls; pastries; cookies and cakes; local honey, including mead and wine made with honey; pickles, jams, jellies, preserves and condiments; locally roasted coffee; herbal tea mixes; and ready-to-serve foods.
Olivia Castillo, her husband Isaias and their two children will be there for the first time on Saturday to sell pet accessories made at their Castillo family farm in Hallsville. Olivia Castillo said they started breeding dogs because they wanted to provide a service dog for her father, who was a veteran. She said both of her parents died of COVID-19 before she and her husband could achieve that goal. Since then, she said she has continued to breed standard poodles and goldendoodles and has donated dogs to the nonprofit Patriot Paws in Rockwall, which provides free service dogs to disabled veterans. Dogs that are not suitable as assistance dogs are adopted by other people.
She said they have decided to sell dog products and accessories to help pay for the costs of raising and caring for the dogs, including bandanas, collars and shirts which they will showcase at the farmers market .
“We make everything by hand,” Castillo said, adding that they’ll soon be adding dog treats to their offerings.
The Castillos are also working on the licensing process to sell beef, eggs and chicken to the public.
“Our goal is to provide good things to our community,” Castillo said.
For the first time, the market will feature a potter among the vendors. Sugarhill Mudworks, owned by Stacey Tafoya and her business partner and fiancé Jeremy Haynes, will not be there for the first few weeks. Their stand will feature mugs – their bestseller, ramen bowls with chopsticks, berry bowls and jewelry. Tafoya said she also makes clay.
They are based in Mount Pleasant.
Tafoya said they make their own glazes, which give color to the pottery.
“I think we kind of have a different take on a lot of enamels…” Tafoya said. “They are much more dynamic.”
The market also includes the Artist’s Tent, sponsored by Niki and Darren Groce, and the Musician’s Tent, with sponsorship available.
For more information, visit Historic Longview Farmers Market on Facebook or historiclongviewfarmersmarket.com. The website provides the option to receive weekly emails with the market update. For more information, contact Goodson at (903) 746-2708.