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.

Bethel Erickson-Bruce

Market Manager

Bethel grew up amidst the corn and soybean ocean-like fields of the wild mid-west.  She then studied social work in Decorah, IA – and came away touched by its love of small agriculture and seed saving.  Her story drove her into the heart of Chicago and the big-little city of Wilmington, DE, where she worked with men transitioning out of prison and families transitioning out of homelessness.

With this random skill set of a young 20-something, it is only fitting that Bethel landed in Waco, TX – and joined the rough and tumble crew at the World Hunger Relief Farm, which led her to the Urban Gardening Coalition, and eventually to the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.

She has spent the last three years in the mountains of Montana working for a local food bank to increase access to healthy, affordable food – and is excited to return home to the Waco community to continue work with the thinkers and dreamers and doers who are creatively working to build a stronger, healthier community for all of us who love to eat.

Bethel has two sons – Jasper Jack and Angus Augustus – and her husband Jonathan is a 6th grade science teacher at Rapoport Academy.

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

  • Chris McGowan – President
  • Megan Henderson – Vice President
  • Frankie Beckwith – Secretary
  • Ryan Pattillo-Treasurer
  • Malcolm Duncan
  • Sara Shoup
  • Toby Tull
  • Jenna Swanson
  • Marc Barrett
  • Nancy Goodnight
  • Dillon Meek
  • Chris McGowan
  • Wendy Gragg
  • Anna-Louise Deaver