Denton Community Market vendors nearly double in last year before move near rail station

Denton Community Market vendors nearly double in last year before move near rail station

Denton Community Market vendors nearly double in last year before move near rail station
April 04
17:01 2016

Victoria Baghaei | Staff Writer

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This weekend marked the beginning of the seasonal Denton Community Market, with hundreds of people pouring in looking to buy the locally made items or farm fresh meats, fruits and veggies.

The market has not expanded since being in the Denton square location, but has grown in the amount of vendors that participate. The vendor turnout this year went from 60 vendors to 102, making the market a bit tight to move around with people, children and dogs wandering about and admiring the great goodies that the market has to offer.

“Next year we are expanding to a bigger lot that has more concrete,” first year market coordinator Olivia Tucker said. “It’ll be better and easier for the vendors and customers to get around”.

Since dogs are allowed, many are sure to take advantage of the opportunity. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

Since dogs are allowed, many are sure to take advantage of the opportunity. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

They have added more chairs for people to sit, allowing them to eat the food from the food trucks, or listen to the musical guest play in the gazebo, as they do every year. But the market has heavily expanded, and is ready to move and have a permanent space near the rail yard in southeast Denton.

With a bigger venue on the way, the market is also now accepting SNAP food benefit, allowing customers to buy their food at the mart now instead of having to buy it at the grocery store.

“We’re so excited to move to the bigger location. It’s going to give people a way better experience,” second year market coordinator Heather Miller said. “The market expanding will allow us to give vendors more space and allow us to accept more vendors into the farmer’s market, and allow the locals to really get a chance to put their products out there.”

The market gives local business owners and farmers the chance to make their living and sell their products at reasonable prices while also helping them establish their business names. Salted Sanctuary owner Kimberly Bien and vendor board members have participated in the Denton Farmers Market for five years, starting with just one table and a few of her products.

“The market gives people the opportunity to really get their products out there,” Bien said.

Bien has since grown her company, making different scented scrubs, soaps, lip balm and other natural soaps.

“The market has helped me in so many different ways,” Bien said. “The turnout is great this year, and it’s so awesome to see other vendors and locals getting a chance to start their company.”

Onlookers listen to the live music during the opening weekend. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

Onlookers listen to the live music during the opening weekend. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

Over the past six years, the Denton Community Market had vendors varying from grass fed animals, jewelry and Cinnabons, to spray painting your own t-shirt or blowing massive bubbles.

“I’ve been coming to the market for years, and I have been so excited to share this experience with people because they need to know about this amazing place,” UNT biology student Lindsey Allen said. “It’s like the market gives you a chance to see all of the local farmers and entrepreneurs together, and then you know who they are so you can visit them even after the market is over. You can still buy their stuff even after it ends.”

You can volunteer for the market by emailing the Denton Community Market coordinators or going to volunteermatch.org.

Featured Image: Runguanpa Srisathit and Kinnaree Gilbert run “Sweet Little Things”, a shop that sells handmade bow ties, plushies, pillows, neckties, and other accessories. Trevor Lloyd | Staff Photographer

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