The Harrison County Farmers Market had a busy Saturday, with the sunny weather bringing out new vendors and new customers alike.
“We have had a great market this year, with several new vendors and many new customers,” Suzanne Carter said Saturday. “We sold out of produce today. Everyone has been wanting the fresh produce.”
Held from 7 a.m. to noon each Saturday at Telegraph Park in downtown Marshall in front of the historical Harrison County Courthouse, the market is expected to run through September.
“The fall gardens are being planted now by many of our vendors,” Carter said. “We hope for the market to run through September, but of course that is always dependent on the gardens and production.”
Carter said the additional new vendors this year have helped draw more visitors than ever to the market.
“We really wanted to add new vendors with new products, and we’ve done that, we now have a local artist vendor — art is very important,” Carter said. “We had some live musicians here this morning, the ‘Monday Night Pickers,’ and we have a vendor who brings homemade breads, including sweet breads, and she debuted her new homemade barbecue sauce this year.
“We have a vendor who has the best heirloom tomatoes around and she debuted her new salsa today. We have a vendor who features produce like exotic melons and eggplants, as well as fresh flowers. We have vendors who have quilts, homemade jellies and jams, masks, seasonal wreaths and decor and a vendor that makes their own home grown fertilizer and features handmade leather products.”
The market follows the state’s cottage foodlaws, and locally made food products feature labels with a list of ingredients and a batch number showing freshness.
“We follow all of the state’s cottage food laws to make sure we are offering the best quality products to our visitors,” Carter said. “We have worked hard to grow the market here in the heart of downtown Marshall and there is such a sweet spirit at this market with wonderful people.”
The market also has two organic honey vendors from local beekeepers, as well as organic and natural soap vendors, jewelry vendors, fruit and produce vendors and clothing vendors.
“One of our most popular new vendors is Cold Water Creek Land and Cattle Company, and they have extraordinary meat offerings,” Carter said. “People are always standing in line for their products and their local, home grown beef is processed in a USDA-certified facility in Carthage.”
Cold Water Creek Land and Cattle Company owners, brother and sister duo Patrick Parker and Amanda Parker Nyund, run the company from their family farm in Marshall.
“We are new to the market this year,” Nyund said Saturday. “It took a while for us to get things rolling after we made the transition of our family dairy farm to beef; we’ve been taking orders and doing deliveries for a while now and we just got busier, so we thought instead of driving all around, we’d just come set up here at the market. We eventually plan to open a store front out at the farm, hopefully within the next six months.”
Nyund said their beef is truly local, with the cows being born there on the ranch, raised free range on grass and eventually fed some sweet feed to get some muscle into the fat before they are sent for processing at Panola Processing, then back to their farm to be sold.
“We control the calf from the time it’s born. People tell us our beef reminds them of how beef tasted when they were younger, because what you get from us is the real meat,” Nyund said. “When you get our ground beef, you’re not getting parts, you’re getting the real beef.”
The company also offers 100 percent Japanese-breed pure Wagyu beef.
“Wagyu takes almost twice as long to finish, 30 months from a calf, where as the regular beef takes about 16 to 18 months, so that’s where the Wagyu gets that nice marbling from,” Nyund said. “Because of that, the Wagyu is a bit pricier — it’s premium beef — but a great way to try it is to try the ground Wagyu, so you can get the taste but the price point is not that much higher than the other beef.”
In addition to the Wagyu, the company also offers traditional steaks like rib eye, filet, brisket, roast, New York strip, sirloin and tri-tip, as well as flank and skirt beef, beef short ribs and beef snack sticks which are a hit with children and teens, Nyund said.
The company still offers pickup from its farm and delivery on orders more than $200. The company can also be found under its name on Facebook and Instagram and has a website that will go live in the coming days at www.coldwatercreektx.com.
For more information about the market or to be featured as a vendor, visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/499121433485906/