COPPERAS COVE — Smiles from small-local business owners fill the Copperas Cove Farmers Market every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Copperas Cove City Park, from now until Oct. 31.

Fresh eggs, pastured poultry, produce, handmade wine holders, woodwork, jams, jellies, flowers, honey and more fill the stands inside the small, but personal farmers market. Local small-business owners happily share their creations and their stories with potential customers.  

Dennis Smith, is a U.S Army Vietnam veteran, retired truck driver and local small-business owner. He proudly owns Papa Woods, and fills his retirement days with woodworking and creating custom requests for his customers.

Eric and Anna Gavin own Yellow Flower Hobby Farm along with 200 chickens. They bring fresh eggs and pastured poultry every Thursday to the farmers market.  

I love farmers markets, because of the local small-business owners — they are not just selling fresh eggs, or woodwork — they are sharing a part of who they are with their community.

A few of the owners of the local small-businesses did it as a side job, as a retirement gig, or as full-time work. Many of the owners sell at the Copperas Cove Farmers Market every Thursday and also at various markets in the local area.

I went to the Copperas Cove Farmers Market Thursday evening, then went to the Harker Heights Farmers Market Saturday morning and saw Paul’s Custom Crafts at both markets. If you love a product like fresh eggs, or jam, you can go to the market each week instead of going to the grocery store to buy locally.  

I also visited the Copperas Cove Farmers Market last year and fell in love with some handmade soaps made by Lush Secrets that sadly were not at this year’s farmers market, but there were plenty of other unique and quality made items.

 I have always enjoyed going to all types of markets: flea markets, farmers markets, vintage markets, artisan markets, etc. Growing up in California, on Sundays, my father, my younger brother and I would spend the morning at an outdoor flea market, while Spanish and Hmong music played in the background. Marketing was a Family activity that I had always looked forward too.

Now that I live in Texas, I usually go market shopping with my fiancé, or solo. I am a big foodie and the head chef in our house. When I cook meals, they are made with wholesome-heathy ingredients, so having the Copperas Cove Farmers Market local and a five minute drive away from my house is supper convenient.

Summer has officially kicked off and so has the local market season. Taking a visit to the Copperas Cove Farmers Market is a great way to support the community and for Families to spend quality time together. The location of the farmers market is also a plus if you have small children, or a dog, because the park provides a playground, a pond and a walk/run trail.

For more information about the Copperas Cove Farmers Market, or how to become a vendor visit, http://www.copperascovetx.gov/parks/tourism/farmers_market/.