Waco Downtown Farmers Market

The Waco Downtown Farmers Market officially kicked-off on Saturday, November 19, 2011. However, the Market did not magically appear over night. Many months – and even years – went into its planning and preparation. Starting in the winter months of 2010, numerous vendors and downtown business people assembled to discuss the creation of a farmers market in the downtown area – yet many current regulations prohibited the sale of meat, cheese, and eggs without the existence of electricity and refrigeration on-site. Thus the Waco Farmers Market Permit Ordinance was crafted by the City’s Planning Department and passed in the winter of 2011. Meanwhile, many other smaller markets formed across Waco but were not re-opened in 2011.

With the passage of the new Ordinance, another group of folks started to meet to re-discuss the idea of a Downtown Farmers Market. Planning and recruitment of new vendors found new vigor under the leadership of local farmer Terry Vanderpool, complemented by the community connections of Bethel Erickson-Bruce and the Heart of Texas Urban Gardening Coalition. Chris McGowan (Director of Urban Development at the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce), James Nelson (Community Banker), Frankie Beckwith, Sara Shoup, Paxton Dove (owner of Dancing Bear Pub, co-founder of Green Kitchen), and Malcolm Duncan (City Councilman) also joined forces and met weekly as the group formed the Waco Downtown Farmers Market Board.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market

You can visit the farmers market on Saturday’s from 9am – 1pm year round. If you have any questions, please contact us!

500 Washington Avenue, Waco, TX 76701

[email protected]

* this address is not a mailing address

Farmers Market Shoppers should utilize City parking garage at 5th&Franklin, or the County Records Building lot at 5th and Washington. Customers should avoid the Cafe Cappucino lot (One Liberty Place), and the ALICO lot. These lots are designated for their tenants and customers.
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