By Piper Blake
Assistant Web Content Manager
Vendors at the San Marcos Farmers Market say that buying local is a way for residents to support small businesses and the community.
Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine, vendors set up tents along the street in the San Marcos Downtown Square to sell locally sourced produce and products.
The vendors are local farmers and artisans that sell a variety of products like produce, candles, jewelry, baked goods and ciders.
Falon Beville, owner and operator of Rise of the Pheonix Apothecary and Bakery, is one of the many vendors that come to the San Marcos Farmers Market each Saturday. Beville said that she has been coming to the market for almost a year.
Rise of the Pheonix Apothecary and Bakery provides homemade organic creations that include herbal infusions, baked goods and herbal body products.
“Our purpose is to build and inspire a sustainable way of life,” said Beville. “It is our passion to create a variety of eco-friendly health and wellness products for culinary and medical uses.”
She said that the produce and products the market supplies are what brings the community together.
The Yellow Magnolia Company, managed by Alyssa Machac, is another regular at the San Marcos Farmers Market. Machac makes 100% homemade soy candles, wax melts, body scrubs and bath salts.
Machac said that going to the farmers market is a great way to support the local San Marcos community.
“You get locally grown and made things instead of supporting the big corporations,” said Machac.
The farmers market provides a friendly atmosphere that encourages families and students to spend their Saturday perusing the vendor stalls.
According to the San Marcos Farmers Market website, “we provide an outlet for Central Texas farmers and artisans to market their fresh, homegrown crops and homemade products to local consumers.”
Sustainable San Marcos is one vendor that is educating the community on the importance of fresh produce. Sustainable San Marcos operates two community gardens and uses the farmers market as a supplemental fundraiser for its facilities.
Bettsy Robertson and Jim Baggett manage and operate the Sustainable San Marcos booth between January and March. They have been coming to the San Marcos Farmers Market for eight years. Robertson and Baggett both agree that the farmers market could stand to get a lot bigger than it is.
“Not many people or even students know we are here,” said Baggett. They hope as the market grows, its exposure will grow with it.
It’s easy to get involved with the San Marcos Farmers Market; all that is required is a tent, a table and a $10 booth fee. Anyone with a hobby can get involved with the community and sell their products at the market.
“Attend. Go. Support. If you have a craft reach out and try to get involved,” said Machac.
For more information on Rise of the Pheonix Apothecary and Bakery, visit https://riseofthephoenix.farm/. For more information on the Yellow Magnolia Company, visit https://www.theyellowmagnolia.com/. For more information on Sustainable San Marcos, visit https://ssmtx.org/.