The Midlothian Market opens for its 12th year in town Saturday. And it'll be there every Saturday from now until October through Oct. 12, excluding May 18 and June 29.
The open-air market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. downtown by the Larkin Newton log cabin in Heritage Park on Saturdays.
The event is organized by Roberta Slayton, who owns Flowers by Roberta downtown.
Any person and business are welcome to be a vendor at the event, she noted.
“It’s just all kinds of vendors. We got people who make blankets, jewelry, barbeque, popcorn,” she added. “It’s just all kinds of crafty stuff.”
She said more than 100 people filter through the market on a given Saturday, and it’s a great chance to meet other members of the community.
“Come down and enjoy and chill out for a few hours,” Slayton mentioned.
The market originally opened through the Midlothian Downtown Business Association which sponsors the event. People in town heard about farmers’ markets in surrounding towns — like Waxahachie — and wanted something similar in Midlothian, Slayton said.
It brings back a small town feel again, she said. As the town grows, events like this remind Midlothian residents of the small town they came from.
The people make it feel like a small town because they are familiar with one another.
Several vendors have been there from the beginning, but with every year comes new vendors, Slayton explained.
There are 30 vendors currently signed up to participate. Signing up to participate does not commit the vendor to be there every weekend. They can pick and choose when they open up shop, she added.
One of the new vendors this year is David Selman with Savvy Organics Farm from Red Oak.
Selman said he plans on using the market to bring exposure to his family farm in Red Oak.
"It was an inexpensive way to get better exposure for our farm and our eggs and produce," he said.
He noted many farmers’ markets are expensive to rent out a booth, but the Midlothian Market was inexpensive.
To make the most bang for his buck, Selman plans to be there every weekend.
This is his first time participating in the event and he is looking forward to getting his name out there.
During the market, he wants to explain to people the benefits of purchasing products directly from the farm. He plans to sell eggs from his 70 hens, greens like chard, carrots and other seasonal produce.
Samantha Douty, @SamanthaDouty