Meet our Dedicated Farmers!
One of the best things about shopping at your local farmers market is having the opportunity to meet your farmer and knowing exactly where your food comes from! The East Texas State Fair Farmers Market is sourced from 100% local farmers who grow every last bit of food they sell on their own land. You can see how close to the market all of our vendors really are here!! Supporting local farmers is so easy when they all come to one central location to reach our community. See you all under the pavilion at the fairgrounds!!
As a lifetime resident of Kilgore, Angie lives on the family farm. She grows beautiful flowers as well as purple hull peas. So far a slow start for her because of the weather. She is our inspiration at the market and also the mother of the talented singing group "the Purple Hulls"!
Candles by Gail
Gail's candles have beautiful aromas. They are made with wax and essential oils and burn for 40-50 hours! She has been with us since the beginning. She comes to our market and each month she attends the street market in Natchitdoches Louisiana. She hand pours all of her candles.
David Ellis is new to the market this year, and is planning on having corn, peas, tomatoes, and other vegetables.
The Grotes moved to Lindale 12 years ago and started selling blueberries. They purchased an old farm and their bushes are 30+ years old. They have planted lots of blackberries and they will have a huge crop this year. (Unfortunately the blueberries suffered a 90 percent lost in this years March freeze.)
Handmade Aprons and Pillows by Ada
Ada is a retired school teacher, her husband is also an educator. She sews aprons and pillows and she too has also been with us from the beginning. She participates in area craft shows throughout the years. In her free time she loves visiting with her children and grandbabies.
Hanna Pea Farm
The Hannas have been attending our market since the beginning. Last year because of late freezes and after planting unsuccessfully 3 times they didn't make it to the market. They are the happiest bunch of people, always smiling and their laughter is contagious.They raise acres of purple hull peas.
Th Harris' come from a long line of farmers in Bullard, Texas. They have been a staple of farmers markets in Smith County from the beginning of them. It has always been a family operation, their parents, themselves, and now their children bring us some of the best watermelons in the area. They grow pretty much everything and are always a hit at the market.
Jaggerbush was established in 2010. Deb and her husband moved here from the Pennsylvania. We now believe her to be a Texan. Her love of animals led her to goats. She has Nubian goats and she uses their milk to make soap and it has quickly become one of the most popular items at the market. She also has chickens so she sells eggs too, but get there early!!
Marsha and Beth Little
Marsha and Beth Little are from Tyler Texas and have a bounty of potatoes and onions.
The McKee family have farming in their blood. Katrina's family goes way back. They have been farming watermelons, peas, and everything else ind Rusk county for generations and each generation has passed the knowledge down. When they aren't farming or at work they have a passion for registered Brangus Cattle and you will find them hauling their kids and their nieces to livestock shows around the state.
This is the second year for Neverland Garden. Their produce is always clean and beautiful. They sell a little bit of everything and are adding to the amount they grow each year, They also sometimes sell wind chimes made of old flatware and they are beautiful!!
Located in Northeastern Smith County we are small out of control gardeners. We grow a variety of fruits and vegetables and have a barn full of chickens. In addition to eggs, they have pecans, peaches, plums, apples, eggs, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, okra, cabbage, carrots, radishes, cucumbers, and various potted herbs.
The Rusnell Farm is located in Troup. He will have plenty of blackberries and potatoes, but because of the harsh winter he will have few peaches and plums. For all of you who have traded with Mr. Frank for the past 5 years, this year will be different. Mr. Frank had a stroke this past Fall and has been in rehab since. He is improving and his daughter Pam will be bringing him to the market as much as she can. Pam has been working the farm and most likely they will not have as many row crops as they have had in the past. Instead Pam has planted almost 30 peach trees. I think you will all agree you can't ever seem to have enough peaches. Your prayers for a complete recovery are very welcomed.
Mike and Deanna Harris, long time members of the East Texas State Fair Farmers Market, recently purchased new land. Just months ago it had scrub trees and bushes. They have been working very hard to create their new farm and we think it will be interesting to watch it transform. They were hit hard by the freeze but it does look like things survived but, it has slowed growth down. They are among our most popular farmers and they can't wait to be back under the big barn with all of our members!!!!
The Veggie Stand has also been with us since the beginning. They are best knownfor their strawberries, but they grow a little bit of everything. They have a produce stand at their house and when our market closes for the year, you can always locate them.
The Ward Farm is located in Jacksonville. J.T.Ward is retired from Kelley Tire in Tyler and now farms some absolutely beautiful land. As you can tell from the pictures he has a lot planted and more to come. He should have some onions, squash, broccoli on opening day but thinks by the 2nd or 3rd week he should have plenty. He recently purchased a corn grinder and he will have fresh ground cornmeal every week. It is coarse ground and it makes yummy cornbread. JT will be at the market every Tuesday and Saturday and will also be at the Jacksonville market on Thursday evening.
Danny lives in the Tyler - Noonday swarea. He has onions and watermelons!
Peaches and blueberries straight from a local and beautiful orchard in Winona!
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