Harlingen Farmer’s Market Offers Diverse Alternatives
HARLINGEN – It’s a place where people can find goat cheese, wild cucumbers, freshly cut flowers and organic ice cream. It’s all available at the Harlingen Farmer’s Market.
Shoppers bring their grocery lists and seek something different.
“Today I’ve got goat cheese, where we breed our own goats, raise them up, milk them and make our own cheese on the farm,” one man said.
There’s farmer’s markets across the Rio Grande Valley, but the one in Harlingen started about eight years ago. It recently moved to its new location next to Harlingen City Hall.
“And we’re having about 500 people show up every Saturday, stopping in the middle of their day from 3:00 to 4:30. So that’s pretty awesome,” Kate McSwain, the manager for the market, said.
She said about half of their vendors grow their own produce. “And the other half are making their own value added products,” she said.
Some favorite foods, like tamales, can be found but are made to be a healthy.
“No chicken broth, no pork broth, just water, sea salt, olive oil and fresh vegetables,” explained the cook.
Free-range chicken eggs are available to purchase. “Happier birds, happier eggs, happier customers,” another man said.
And of course, organic ice cream is a treat shoppers can enjoy while shopping.
“I make my own natural homemade facial and body scrubs. And it brightens, tightens, lightens your skin. Makes it feel really nice and soft,” Lydia Cavazos Guerra said.
“We’re selling dragon fruit, cucumbers, squash, asparagus and some homemade organic bread,” Joyce Salinas said.
People can visit the farmer’s market in Harlingen on Second and Tyler on Saturdays.
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