Staff

The Market wouldn’t be possible without our staff members, who help keep the Market running smoothly and bring new vendors to allow for more local produce from all over Central Texas.


Kristi Pereira

Waco Downtown Farmers Market Manager

Kristi Pereira grew up in Palestine, Texas, surrounded by farming her entire childhood. However, when she left home for college, she never thought she would end up in a career connected to agriculture. While attending college at Stephen F. Austin State University, she majored in kinesiology, which was her ticket into coaching and teaching for a number of years. Upon moving to Waco in 2007, an interest in urban gardening and sustainable agriculture was sparked, and it was as if a newfound appreciation and longing for all those years of East Texas farm life were revived.


Madison Stewart

Market Assistant

Madison grew up in Georgetown, Texas and now attends Baylor University as a senior environmental science student. She also serves as the manager of the Baylor Community Garden, where she helps grow organic produce to feed those in need while also teaching nutrition from the roots up. She has a passion for agricultural research, and hopes to pursue a graduate degree in environmental health in the future. Madison first started with WDFM in 2016 as an intern, and has been absolutely in love with the market ever since.

Waco Downtown Farmers Market Board

  • Sara Shoup-President
  • Wendy Gragg-Vice President
  • Frankie Beckwith-Secretary
  • Ryan Pattillo-Treasurer
  • Malcolm Duncan
  • Megan Henderson
  • Paxton Dove
  • Marc Barrett
  • Nancy Goodnight
  • Dillon Meek
  • Ryan Meyers
  • Chris McGowan

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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