Harvesting the Best of the Rio Grande Valley
(This article was written by Canda LePage and appeared in the inaugural Explore Harlingen Magazine , October issue .) Come to the Harlingen Farmers Market (HFM) every Saturday from October 28, 2023 through mid-June 2024 to find fresh, local produce, food products, and unique gifts from local businesses and artisans. The market offers the community sustainably grown produce and food products, grown using organic principles, all of which are produced within 50 miles of the market. HFM also gives small businesses and artisans an outlet for their unique products such as soap, pottery, jewelry, holistic tea blends, plants, dried herbs, and more. HFM board member Canda LePage said, “we’re excited to welcome back our returning vendors and hope to add a few new ones as well. The market is a fantastic way to not only get some of the best local produce around, but also to support local farmers and small businesses.” Here are the vendors you can expect to see this season: Agape Harvest & Grain (vegan food) Al’s Nursery (herbs and plants) Ambrosia Vegan Bakery (vegan baked goods) ArteSano (homemade bread) Beautiful Life Essentials (natural soap and skin care products) Bob’s Creations (Homemade candies and baked goods) ButterFaye Organics (vegan and goat milk soaps and skin care products) Cado Cabana (local avocado trees) Druid’s Fancy (jewelry and art) Garcia Farm (veggies and fruit) Fridays (organic personal care products) Gracias Farm (local produce) Grandma’s Chicken Coop (chicken, duck, and quail eggs) Harlingen Fresh Lemonade (fresh squeezed lemonade) Herbin Wellness Apothecary + Tea Bar (Herbal tea, vinegars, and syrups.) Hoja Nueva Ice Cream (vegan ice cream) J. Galvan Meats (certificated organic meat) Little Leaf Microgreens (Fresh cut microgreens) Loco's Roasted Salsas (salsas and jellies) Mother Earth = ME (semiprecious gemstones, crystals, and handmade jewelry) Nature’s Heartland (fresh organic produce) Original Granola (Granola, vinegars, jams, etc.) Pasta la Madre (vegan and gluten-free pastas and soups) Peggy's Cakes (cakes, bread, pickles, jellies, etc.) PW Farm (black garlic and black garlic hummus) Rojas Natural Farm (local produce) Salinas Family Farm (tomatoes, strawberries, and other produce) Sopa (Thai spring rolls, papaya salad and produce) South Texas Sweeties (honey, jelly/jam, bee pollen, etc.) South TX Thai by Mod (mango with sticky rice, potato curry puff, tofu curry) Starbase Mushrooms (gourmet and medicinal mushrooms) Tasty Natural Probiotics (kombucha, kimchi, fermented foods, etc.) Vicencio Family Farms (fruit, vegetable, and herb plants) The Harlingen Farmers Market is open on Saturdays from October 28, 2023 through mid-June 2024, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm at Tyler Ave. and 2nd Street next to City Hall. (It's closed in the summer due to extreme heat.) For more information, visit harlingenfarmersmarket.com or follow them on Facebook and Instagram at @harlingenfarmersmarket.