By Lindsay Starr Platt, Correspondent
The Water Street Farmers Market in downtown Belton is open from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday. Local vendors come and set up and sell their wares. Over 50 vendors are on the list to sell at the market. On any given Saturday, a few or nearly all of the vendors can be found at this pop-up market, ready to sell you fresh produce or artisan items. Vendors have a variety of vegetables, garden plants, fresh eggs, baked goods and crafts. The market is downtown on Water Street in front of The Gin on Nolan Creek.
Jeanette Sefcik, known as the “Jelly Lady,” had her tent pitched at the farmers market this Saturday. On her tables dozens of canning jars were shining in the sun showing off the jellies she had made in every color of the rainbow.
“I make up to 20 different flavors of jelly,” remarked Sefcik, Vendor. “I am always experimenting. Today, I have these jellies made with sodas, like root beer. I use sodas made with cane sugar.”
In addition to fresh produce, herbs, goat cheese, chicken jerky, potted citrus trees and local honey can be spotted the Water Street Farmers Market. Artisan items include homemade beeswax soaps, reusable grocery totes made from feed sacks and jewelery.
“I am hoping this will be a good year, it is always fun to set up at the market. I sell pepper plants and this year I will have up to a 100 varieties of different peppers,” said Jeff Oaks, vendor, Belton Veggie Guys. “We sell vegetables and farm fresh eggs.”
Some of the vendors buy from each other, and use their fellow entrepreneurs products to make their merchandise and keep it local. Local bakers will buy eggs and honey from the market and then sell baked goods made with those ingredients.
Jeffrey Nagel is known as the “Scone Man” and makes scones in nearly every flavor imaginable. Nagel uses dried fruits, nuts and even beer to make creative and delicious scones.
“I have 85 flavors of scones,” commented Nagel, Vendor, Scones of Destiny.
The warm Texas weather makes having the market open all year an easy task. The mild winters and long summers help keep the growing season available through most of the year.
“I am looking forward to more people. I enjoy the feeling that is created from a busy market,” said Tonja Coleman, vendor. “When the weather gets warmer more vendors and shoppers come out to see us. And we stay busy on the Saturdays they have Downtown Market Days. The people just kind of wander from our market to the one on Central. It is great.”
The Water Street Farmers Market is open all year long. The market is located on Water Street in between North East Street and North Penelope Street.
“It’s nice. We like to visit hometown markets whereever we go, it is fun,” remarked Shila McCade, Dripping Springs.