Downtown farmers market experiencing growth

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Updated: 7/16/2013 10:03 am
For the past four years the Downtown Art Market has made 19th and Buddy Holly its home, but it has just been recently that local producers have started to bring their products to sell at the market creating the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market.  

"It started about a year ago that we started putting out feelers to bring in as many growers that we could, as many local growers," Larry Simmons said. "And it was in response to suggestions we got from the art market that's been going on for four years, people wanted more growers and food involved in it. So last year we made a big push for it." 

Most of the time to get fresh vegetables and fruit from the farm you usually have to travel out to the farm or a roadside stand. 

But Simmons told us this farmers market is the first of its kind inside the city limits of Lubbock. 

"As i understand this is the first true farmer's market that has multiple growers that has existed within the city limits of Lubbock," Simmons said. "There are single farmers that set up on stands and there are people around there but as far as a community event, I believe this is the first one." 

On a Saturday morning most people are sleeping in after a long week of work, but Simmons says the community support is unbelievable. 

"It's well supported, we get a lot of support from the city and we get a lot of support from citizens," Simmons said. "There's people that have been coming to this thing for four years now. We see them every time." 

According to Simmons this past weekends farmers market was the biggest that they have ever put on and it continues to grow each time. 

"It's absolutely tremendous and we get people, more people get involved with it too," Simmons said. "That's what's really nice about it. A good idea is a good idea and executing it once is pretty good but to sustain something over a period of time is tough and without support and without other people getting involved it's real tough. We have a tremendous group of people that do this." 

Now if you want to get involved with the farmers market, Simmons said prior notice is appreciated because of the logistics involved in setting the event up.

"We prefer prior notice because we've got to be able to do this. We block the streets on a regular basis, June through October, so we can always expand. But we do like to have people come in and do it because if you sell yard eggs and things you've got to have a permit and if your going to sample things you have to have a permit. So we need to know about that." 

As the summer continues there will be more Lubbock Downtown Farmers Markets put on and there are many ways to get more information about them. 

"We do a lot of our stuff on social media," Simmons said. "We have a Downtown Art Market Facebook page, there's a Lubbock Downtown Farmer's Market (page). It's all the same thing, we just refer to it as a market. We're on Facebook on both of those, they can call Tornado Gallery and just call me. It's easy, it's easy to be involved."  

The Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market is scheduled to run through the month of October or whenever the growing season comes to a close.  
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