Humble Beginnings for Local Farm Market

Humble Beginnings for Local Farm Market

Wolfforth will have a new source for local foods from farms around the area starting Tuesday, May 24.

The West Texas Growers and Producers Association has contracted with the City of Wolfforth to bring the Wolfforth Farm Fresh Market to the land at FM 179 (Dowden Road) and Main Street (Loop 193) on Tuesdays throughout the 2016 growing season.

Some of the local goodies that can be found at the market include seasonal produce of all sorts, meats, cheeses, eggs, dairy, local honey and various baked and processed goods, when the market opens at 4pm every Tuesday. Providing the weather doesn’t include dangerous situations like excessive wind or rain, hail or lightning, the market will operate as scheduled.

Market Manger Lucinda Mann says that this will be a humble beginning early in the season, but as more and more comes into fields and greenhouses, the market will expand it’s offerings.

“We hope to see things like tomatoes and cucumbers soon” states Mann, “and more and more growers from around the Lubbock and West Texas area will begin to bring what they offer to the heart of Wolfforth.”

The West Texas Growers and Producers Association (WTGPA) is a group of farmers and food producers that bring quality and variety to the area. The WTGPA works to build opportunities for it’s growing membership to market and sell their produce and educate the community on the availability of local produce and farm to table foods around West Texas.

The Wolfforth Market is just one of the projects that the WTGPA is working on. The Association also offers their farm to restaurant program dubbed the “Food Hub” and has more planned for members soon. Its all in in effort to aid the growth of locally owned farms and the industry around Lubbock and West Texas.

Members of the WTGPA are mostly small family farms, but the association is open to all local farms and growers that produce and distribute their own offerings and go through the application and inspection process.

For anyone interested in selling at the Wolfforth Farm Fresh Market, contact the WTGPA through their website www.wtgpa.org or by calling Lucinda Mann at 806-773-7084. All permits and licenses are required for processed and temperature controlled foods and all members of the market are held to the State of Texas Cottage Food Laws.