The 2015 season for the Brown County Farmers Market came to a close Saturday morning.
The Brown County Farmers Market closed out a successful 2015 campaign on a cool Saturday with a light breeze carrying the sounds of the Sun Duo through the morning air.
The market, which is part of the Brownwood Area Community Garden featured crafters, local growers and cottage food producers selling their products in the parking lot behind the courthouse at the corner of Fisk Street and North Broadway.
For Debra Mathis, manager of the farmer’s market, the 2015 season was a good one for local growers and the market as a whole.
“We have been here three years now, so this is the culmination of three years and this is the best last day we’ve had,” Mathis said. “We could have had some more vendors. At this point, this is where we are starting to outgrow the space.
“The first two years here we did not outgrow the space at all. It was very slow the first year. It has improved every year. We have more vendors every year. They don’t all come every time, like the egg growers. The laying fluctuates. Some people are in and out. Some people are just growers, and they are done growing.
“We’ll have produce on past Christmas,” Mathis said of the community garden.
The spring rains were a tremendous help, according to Mathis, to the overall success of locally grown produce that in turn benefited the farmer’s market.
“We did, overall, the rain really added to our year,” Mathis said. “For the first time I had a really beautiful crop of pears. For the first time in three years, I had plums. So that rain really kind of boosted the year’s produce for a lot of growers.
“As far as drought afterwards, I know it slows down when it gets really hot. Now that we are doing foods and have more crafters, we can keep the farmer’s market going longer.”
While the farmer’s market just closed, an eye is already being turned to the spring of 2016 when the market will open again. But, as of now, it is not known where the market will be.
“We are waiting to see what happens with the construction here,” Mathis said of the county’s proposed construction at the site. “We are looking at possibly changing the space for next year. We are looking at options now. We are really hoping if we move we will have a beautiful space with facilities and something fun for the kids.”
Mathis said her goal was to have more music and activities for children at the market next year.
“We are making and growing things, and we want to inspire others to make and grow because it gives you a sense of connection and accomplishment and self-sufficiency. That is a good side effect of doing the market.”
Brent Addleman is managing editor of the Brownwood Bulletin. He can be reached by calling 325-641-3110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @BWD_Editor.