Local producers love farmers market

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Updated: 7/17/2013 5:15 pm
"Well we're very happy to be out to see all these folks and participate in the farm market down here," Cynthia Thiel, owner of Sunburst Farms said.  

"Today I'm selling here at the farmers market," Sherry Pullen, owner of Pullen Produce, said. "Because I had some extras after my CSA program." 

"It's really nice to bring our product to the customer, that's kind of been our issue that we've been having is how do we get people to know where we are and to come out to us," Cole Hamilton, owner of Hamilton Farms, said. "And the easiest thing is to bring it to them and let them know where we are." 

Local producers from all over have started to come to the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market to sell their products and for some including Sherry Pullen of Pullen Produce it's exciting to see a thriving market.

"This is awesome," Sherry Pullen said. "I could hardly sleep last night I was so excited about coming here. Lots of people, interesting, they're loving my squash and cucumbers and I'm able to hand out my cards and get more people to come out and learn about locally grown produce with no chemicals." 

For some producers this past weekend might have been their first time at the market or they might be making just their second appearance like Jimmy Harden who tells us he is hooked on coming to the farmers market.

"I was really impressed with the farmers market," Jimmy Harden said. "I came three weeks ago and now I'm back again. but we will be opening our own market at our house in two weeks and we'll sell all that but we'll be here at the market every month." 

Coming to the farmers market has started to prove to be beneficial for Cole Hamilton and his family farm because he is noticing a difference in the amount of business he is getting out on the farm and at the market. 

"We're noticing more people have started coming out to the farm," Cole Hamilton said. "We come up here and we hand out business cards and we send people to our facebook page and let them know when we've got things ready. And it's brought our business up as far as people coming out to the farm and picking, which is ultimately what we'd like to have people do is to come out there and pick straight from the farm. This morning we loaded a whole pickup bed full of corn and started at nine o'clock and we're going to be sold out before lunch. We probably should have picked double what we brought." 

Not only does the producer enjoy selling a lot of their product at the farmers market but also they enjoy giving back to the community in a big way.  

"I think it's great for the consumer," Cynthia Thiel said. "There's a need and a want for this. People are ready to enjoy fresh vegetables and different things that they offer out here. So i think it's a great opportunity for farmers to show what they have and to sell their fresh homegrown produce." 

And to have a place to showcase local producers and their products means a lot to the producers themselves because it is a chance for them to get out in the community. 

"This is very important where all these producers that work so hard that work out in the fields to have a place to bring it," Sherry Pullen said. "And to have so many people come and be able to see all this local produce. You know where it came from, you know who grew it and it was picked within the last day rather than being shipped across the country. I think it's very important." 

More producers are welcome to join the farmers market to continue growing what has become a popular community event. 
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