Becky Morath has been in the farming business for 37 years and says the Wichita Falls Farmers Market has really helped her and other vendors grow their businesses.
“The farmers market has really helped by letting a lot more of the community know about what we do, and just moving downtown and watching downtown grow and more businesses open up, i think has definitely helped the market also.” Morath said.
James Meyers with Honeysuckle Bakery agrees
“Without the farmers market, our business wouldn’t exist.” Meyers said. “It’s provided an incredible opportunity for us to work on our passion.”
To make sure local vendors have a great place to showcase their work, Wichita Falls Downtown Development is hoping Wichita Falls city councilors will approve $20,000 in improvements.
“It encompasses electrical upgrades, which would be improved lighting, more illumination and upgrading all the fixtures to LEDs to make the market more energy efficient.” said Jana Schmader, director of Downtown Development.
Schmader says they hope to also improve the bathrooms, including plumbing upgrades and changing stations in order to make the Farmers Market user friendly.
“I don’t think I would rather be anywhere else selling our products,” Meyers said. “Our plans are even after we have a brick and mortar we want to continue coming to the market just because we love the people that come here.”
In 2015, the 4B Sales Tax Cooperation helped give the Farmer Market its recent enclosure to cover the market and the garage doors to each side of the market, so year-round market could be possible.
The latest funding requests are slated to go before city councilors in the weeks to come.