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Waco's Downtown Farmer's Market helps local economy

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Waco's Downtown Farmers Market draws thousands of people to the Brazos riverfront every Saturday morning helping to boost the local economy and downtown development.

The market is not only a way to support local farmers; it's also a place to try foods you can't get anywhere else.

From fresh produce like lettuce and radish, to breakfast burritos and coffee, the Waco farmer's market offers it all, luring large crowds every Saturday.

Lindsey Burnette and Kate Arvesen say they come to the market regularly.

"I feel like this is the one place where you can gather outside with Wacoans. It's a great central place," says Burnette. "So I just love being outside and getting to see people and just enjoy Waco culture."

"I really enjoy just the people and the families that grow stuff and [I like] talking to them and learning about their hobbies, their jobs and just supporting them," says Arvesen. 

In just its third year, the market has made downtown a destination, at least on Saturday mornings.

Waco's Director of Urban Development says the market has had a positive affect on downtown and on the local economy bringing thousands downtown.

"The impact in and of itself of what it's done just to help and support downtown is great but what its done unto itself is also amazing," says McGowan… "There's a community that has developed around the farmers market, which people are now accustomed to and expect to come into downtown Waco every Saturday morning to eat some breakfast down there, do some shopping and maybe visit a few other stores."

Anywhere between $15,000 and $30,000 is made every Saturday, making the farmer's market a stepping stone for some small businesses like Dichotomy who started at the farmer's market before opening their shop on downtown.  

It also highlights others like Co-Town Crepes, which has become an attraction at the market.   

"They don't have any other establishment in town, so this is the place to come and get crepes," says Market Manager Bethel Erickson.

Erickson says they're proud to be the launch pad for local businesses and to support small farms.

"Most of our farmers are farmers who don't sale at a lot of other markets, so we're serving the area between Dallas and Austin," says Erickson. "These are small family farms and this is what the try to do and make their livelihood and we've helped that kind of come into reality for them."

For those who come regularly, it's become more than just a farmer's market.   

"We're much more than just a place to come and buy because there's music, there's community organizations that come tell you about different opportunities they offer our community. So a lot of people might come planning to just shop for 15 minutes but they end up staying for two hours because they run into folks that they know. So it‘s really just a place to come and spend your Saturday mornings."

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