Canyon Farmers Market kicks off summer season
Tents, tables, and trailers filled the Canyon city square for the first Saturday of the Canyon Farmers Market’s 2021 season.
The east, west and south sides of the square were filled with vendors selling everything from baked goods, homestyle foods, crafted items and produce.
The market is expecting more than 90 vendors, its largest yet, during the summer season, and approximately 80 were present during the opening day, said Katie Kirkpatrick, market manager and board member with the Canyon Farmers’ Market.
Planning for this year’s edition began in January.
“To see it take up three sides of the square is just (fantastic),” Kirkpatrick said. “It’s so much bigger than we could have imagined it would be, and we are so thrilled on how it’s turned out.”
Among the more popular tents was the Palo Duro Bakery tent. TJ Greer ran the booth and sold freshly made cinnamon rolls, while his wife Jenna was the mastermind behind the cinnamon roll creation.
After prepping since Thursday, she’ll wake up as early as 1 in the morning to bake the treats so they’ll be as fresh as possible for the market.
“They’re still warm, they’re still fluffy and the frosting hasn’t crystalized at all, just like they came right out of the oven,” TJ Greer said.
From custom decorative wood or metal panels, handcrafted insulated cups to salsas and shirts, customers had a multitude of options to choose from and support local businesses.
Matthey Mosley was at the event for the first time this year and was surprised by the turnout of people and support of the community. Mosley ran his stand of handcrafted woodwork for his business, Mosley and Daughters, and has been woodworking for 14 years.
Among his products were wooden benches, cutting boards, bottle openers and wine stoppers.
“Everybody’s been really welcoming; everybody seems to like all my pieces, especially the cutting boards and bottle openers have been the biggest hits,” Mosley said.
About half the vendors were for food and the other half were some sort of craft, Kirkpatrick said, a balance that coincidentally made the market more attractive to the community.
From the first market in 2014, which had about 20 vendors to nearly hitting the 100 mark this year, Kirkpatrick said the vendors and customers have helped the market grow so much.
“I think a lot of people appreciate the option to have something that’s definitely locally grown, to support those small businesses that do the homemade crafts, the home canning,” she said. “I’m really proud of where the market is now compared to where we started.”