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Customers and vendors excited for Denton Community Market’s return

Customers and vendors excited for Denton Community Market’s return

Customers and vendors excited for Denton Community Market’s return
April 02
21:32 2014

Brittany Armstrong // Intern Writer

The Denton Community Market is opening its fifth season at the Denton County Historical Park on April 5. The market will be held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until the last week in November.

The Market is an outdoor artist’s and farmer’s market in which local vendors can come to sell everything from fresh vegetables to baked goods and crocheted items. It is free to attend and costs vendors $90 for a season membership, as well as $11 every Saturday they participate.

Kati Trice founded the Denton Community Market after realizing there was nothing like it in Denton.

“I love this town so much and there is such a diverse group of makers and creative people, and a strong sense of community,” she said. “Those are things that make a great market.”

Trice said the market usually has anywhere from 700 to 1,500 people in attendance on any given Saturday. It accommodates more than 50 vendors.

“It has been a really good way for me to get my name out for cakes,” said Kara Nelsen, owner of Kara’s Bake Shoppe.

Nelsen started her business after Texas passed the Cottage Food Law in September of 2013, which allows for residents to sell baked food items from their homes.

“I sell things like cookies and cupcakes every week and people come back every week for that, but I also get referrals for cakes,” Nelson said. “I’ve gotten a lot of business from doing the market.”

Nelson said she will set up a tent every Saturday until it gets too hot, which is something Trice takes into consideration in the planning for a potential indoor facility for the market.

The proposal for a semi-permanent facility includes a large outdoor area as well as an indoor commercial kitchen for future cooking demonstrations and bathrooms.

“Our hope is that we will gain community support for this project in the bond election,” Trice said.

Loyal Denton Community Market shopper and volunteer Emily White has attended for three years and is excited for the market to start up again.

“When I go to the Denton Community Market I have to get a tofu scrambled taco from the vegan coop. I have to go to Coffeewright Roasters to get locally roasted coffee,” White said.  “I go to Earthwise produce and get my fresh carrots. It’s just like going to my grocery store except these are all Dentonites who are all local commerce people.”

Feature photo: Chocolate strawberry and vanilla cupcakes from Kara’s Bake Shoppe. Owner of Kara’s Bake Shoppe Kara Nelsen will be a vendor selling her homemade goods at the Denton Community Market. Photo by Kelsey Littlefield / Staff Photographer 

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