By Melissa McCaghren
A want and calling to go into market gardens and yet wanting to stay local lead Tyler Campbell to open up the Slaton Farmer’s Market, located at 152 S. 8th St.
Campbell said this started in April. “I have a garden, some type of garden every year, but I was really wanting to go all in on the farmers market garden this year,” he said.
Campbell added he was originally going to go to the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market to sell his produce, but then an opportunity opened up to have it here instead.
“I was a regular humble Grounds coffee shop visitor, and went pretty much every day. I saw on Facebook they were closing, so I immediately found out who owned the building and how I could lease it,” he said, adding it was an opportunity that just presented itself.
“Slaton doesn’t have one and we need one. So I immediately jumped on it, was able to rent the building and started reaching out to all those different vendors so we could have a legitimate farmers market.”
He added the market is a true farmers market unlike many in the area that allow anything sold. “We’re really focused on the farmer and the grower and its a true farmers market,” he said, adding that no food trucks are allowed at the market. “It can be (canned) goods, vegetables, fruits… and I do have a small percentage of people that have crafts, but all the crafts are homemade, no reselling.”
For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.