Submitted by Cindy Johnson
April showers bring fresh veggies as the Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square and Adriatica 2013 season begins Saturday, April 6, with lots of food and fun.
The rain will have done its job and cleared out for the 6th annual opening of the Historic McKinney Farmers Market! The forecast calls for clear skies, temperatures in the 70’s and lots of food and fun!
Looking for early spring veggies? Our vendors will have radishes, greens, carrots, bok choy and more. Food vendors will be there ready to help you stock up on Texas olive oil, local honey, grass fed meat, free range eggs, tamales, pasta, pies, bread, cookies, beef jerky, sauces and more.
Looking for breakfast and a hot bottomless cup of coffee? Get your coffee at the Chestnut Square Information Table and explore the breakfast options. We’ll have breakfast burritos from Market Street, breakfast croissants from Village Baking Co. and breakfast and lunch pizzas from Fire in the Hole Pizza. Grab a bite and sit a bit to share the latest news with your friends at the market.
Dixie’s Store will be open for business with all new stock from our Chestnut Square Crafters’ Guild and great new historic items. Alice the Face Painter will be ready, brush in hand, to paint our youngest visitors. (And maybe some of our older ones, too).
New in 2013! Primrose Schools of Eldorado and Stonebrooke will sponsor Creative Kids Corner at the Wilmeth Schoolhouse. Dr. Kahn and Cardiac Center of Texas will sponsor fun and informative presentations on gardening, wellness and healthy cooking in the pergola and Chapel garden on the south side of Anthony Street.
“We’ve been blessed with strong support from the community for our Farmers Market,” said Cindy Johnson, Executive Director of The Heritage Guild of Collin County. “We’ve got the best vendors, the best location and this year we want to offer the best programming in North Texas. We want every Saturday to be an opportunity for our customers to shop, socialize, learn and have fun the old-fashioned way!”
Opening day festivities include:
• Chipotle will be at the market supporting localfamily farms and that offering customersaccess to unprocessed, wholesome food. The first 100 people that visit the Chipotle tent at the Historic McKinney Farmers Market on 4/6 will receive a $10 token to spend at the market that day.
• Music by Bud Rager, The Singing Son of a Gun, on the Taylor Inn porch. 9-11 a.m.
• Stagecoach rides in an authentic Butterfield stagecoach at the corner of Chestnut and Anthony Streets. $4 per person.
• Creative Kids Activities at the Wilmeth Schoolhouse, sponsored by Primrose Schools of Eldorado and Stonebrooke. Plant a seed and take it home to watch it grow: 9 a.m.-noon. Chester of Chestnut Square book readings in the Wilmeth Schoolhouse at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Chester will be there! e sure to enter the Chester coloring contest at Dixie’s Store for the opportunity to win a Chester book and stuffed Chester.
• Shop and Learn in the pergola next to Dixie’s Store, sponsored by Dr. Kahn and the Cardiac Center of Texas. Jeremiah Hammer, local heirloom vegetable gardener and sustainability expert, will present “Everything is Bigger in Texas: Bugs and Weather and How to Garden Through Them Naturally” at 10 a.m.In this session Jeremiah will demonstrate how to make inexpensive (and natural) pesticides/herbicides, how bugs can help your garden and tips on gardening successfully in our extreme weather conditions.
The market will open with a brand new supply of the always popular McKinney Farmers Market shopping bags.
“These roomy, natural, reusable bags have been so popular that we have customers fighting to buy used bags each year when we run out. Get yours early!” said Johnson.
Don’t miss the first market of the season at Adriatica on Thursday, April 11 from 3-7 p.m.
“While this market is not currently as big as the Chestnut Square market we look forward to growing it over time as Adriatica grows and creating the same community space on the west side of McKinney that we have at the Chestnut Square market,” said Johnson. “Come on out and visit us at Adriatica!”
The Historic McKinney Farmers Market is sponsored by the McKinney Community Development Corporation, Medical Center McKinney, Market Street of McKinney, Dr. Kahn and the Cardiac Center of Texas, Primrose Schools of Eldorado and Stonebrooke and over 30 downtown McKinney stores.