By Jess Houser
Every Saturday from June through August, people are welcome to support local farmers at the Bosque Farmers Market in Meridian from 9 a.m. — noon. A variety of local goods and services were offered this past Saturday, July 25, including Honduran coffee, cookies, local honey, fresh eggs, homemade dog treats, homemade soap, and more.
Julia Outlaw, of Trujillo Coffee Company, helps support her son’s mission by selling Honduran coffee and chocolate. Free samples of their coffee were also available.
Her son, Haden, and his family have been in Honduras for three years. They, along with their friends, started the company to fund their mission to start a church in Honduras.
“My son and their friends started the coffee company to fund their mission in Honduras,” Julia Outlaw said. “They live in the city of Trujillo, Honduras. They’re helping with the church plant there.”
All the beans are bought from a local Honduran farm, roasted there, and then shipped to the states. All profits benefit their mission.
Cameron Family Farm
Jack and Tammy Cameron, of Cameron Family Farm, regularly sell at the farmers market. They offered grass-finished beef, heirloom tomatoes, and fresh eggs.
“Heirloom tomatoes are special,” Tammy Cameron said. “They’re the type of tomatoes I ate as a child at my grandmother’s house. You slice them, and they’re juicy.”
Customers are able to pre-order items, too. Several orders of fresh eggs were set aside to be picked up on Saturday.
The Camerons are expecting to sell okra soon as tomatoes go out of season.
Cowboy Creations Decor
Cody Green of Cowboy Creations Decor was at the farmers market selling horseshoe and railroad spike decor. Items for sale included yard art (flowers and crosses) and decorative items (cacti, ladybugs, frogs, owls, and more).
“They’re things I’ve welded together from old, recycled horseshoes and railroad spikes,” Green said. “I have a bunch of inventory I’m trying to get rid of to make room for holiday decor.”
Amber and David Vecchio of Creamy Farm, sell handcrafted soaps and 3D-printed items at the farmers market each week.
“Today we’re selling homecrafted soaps and 3D-printed bit holders,” Amber Vecchio said. “We’re also introducing a new product, lithophanes, today.”
The new product, a lithophane, is an etching of an image that is translucent in front of light. These lithophanes were 3D printed, and the newer ones come with a light that rests behind the image.
“If you put a light behind it, you get a little scene,” David Vecchio said. “You can do custom photos of whatever you want.”
Dee’s Delights Confectionery
Dana Harper, of Dee’s Delights Confectionery, offered a variety of treats and breads at the farmers market.
Harper’s menu of available items changes a bit each week. On July 25, items included:
- Cookies: Lemon Crinkles and Cardamom Bars
- Hand Pies: Lemon, Peach and Cherry
- Breads: Jalapeño cheesy and White Sandwich
- Bundt Bites: Strawberry, Chocolate, Lemon and Peanut Butter
- Muffins: Blueberry and Banana Nut
Customers can view the menu for each week on Harper’s Facebook page. Items not listed can be ordered separately
Paparazzi jewelry, dog treats, and car freshies
The Whitmer family of Meridian was at the farmers market selling a variety of items.
Estafana Whitmer sold handmade car freshies and chapstick keychain holders.
“The car freshies are made with aroma beads, colored with candle dye, and fragrance oil for the scent,” Estafana Whitmer said.
Zoey Whitmer, 13 years old, sold handmade dog treats, candles, and body scrubs to sell at the farmers market. Her favorite things to make are the dog treats.
“There are two types of dog treats,” Zoey said, “pumpkin and peanut butter.”
Mandy Whitmer sold Paparazzi jewelry, something she’s been doing for about three months. Her biggest seller is earrings.
Necklaces and goat milk soap
Shelby Johnson of Cranfills Gap sells goat milk soap at the farmers market each week through her business Warmth of Nature. A variety of scents are available in bar form, including caramel apple, winter clementine, and mint chocolate.
“I make homemade goat milk soap,” Johnson said. “Goat milk soap is better for sensitive skin and helps support local farmers.”
Her father, Jerry Johnson, is a certified producer of Disciple’s Cross necklaces, which he was selling on Saturday. The necklaces were trade-marked by Pastor John Raymond of Louisiana in the early ’90s.
“I’ve been making these necklaces since 2007,” Jerry Johnson said. “Pastor John allows producers to keep all of their profits.”
Aletheia Sandley, 15 years old of Meridian, offered face painting and hand-painted art at the farmers market.
Local honey and fresh eggs
Lonnie Ray, who has been selling at the farmers market for three years, had a selection of fresh eggs, local honey, and homemade jellies.
Honey sticks, bought from a third-party, are one of Ray’s top-selling items. They come in a variety of flavors.