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Sage Gardens Farmers Market begins second season

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

Sage Gardens Farmers Market opens its second season on Monday, March 19, at Sid's Main Street BBQ, 702 Main Street, in Bandera. The market will be open from 3 pm until 6 pm.

"We are very excited to bring back almost all of last year's vendors and to be adding several amazing new vendors," said Debby Gibson, prime mover behind the popular venue. "Stop by and get to know us. We're your neighbors and love good homemade local food and fresh produce."

Proceeds from the Sage Gardens Farmers Market support the Bandera Community Foundation Community Garden Fund.

This year's vendors include:

• Hensley Orchard - family owned and operated local pecan orchard offering organically grown shelled and in-shell pecans harvested by hand. Karen and Sam Hensley also offer spiced pecans and Karen's popular jalapeno pecan brittle.

• Shudde Ranch Free-Range Beef - Located outside of Sabinal, the Shuddes specialize in grass-fed beef derived from a cross of longhorn and Devon cattle - without the use of hormones or pesticides.

• Green Hills Poultry - Located in D'Hannis, Green Hills Poultry broilers - both frozen and fresh - will be available in mid-April. The birds, which are at least 10 weeks old, "taste like chicken, not the sauce you put on it." Eggs will also be available.

• Mangold Farms - Offers farm fresh, free-range eggs, heirloom or open pollinated vegetable plants, as well as a variety of tomatoes and peppers, along with other heirloom vegetables ready to put into the ground.

• Brown's Farm - Linda and Ted Brown specialize in greens and veggies grown in Bandera, including spinach, kale, Swiss chard, carrots and, with a little luck, broccoli and cabbage.

• Hill Country Fresh Harvest Farm & CSA - One of the newest additions to the Sage Gardens Farmers Market, Linda Williams' small acreage farm is located in Pipe Creek. She raises lovely produce for local farmers' markets and restaurants.

• Nuluv Goat Milk Products - Deborah Hicks' products are derived from goats' milk and handmade locally by her friends. Her offerings include soaps, lotions, body butter and lip balm, as well as fragrances and herb bundles for drying.

• McBees Honey - Happy bees produce this delicious honey locally. This vendor also offers glycerin soap with honey, lip balm and beeswax, as well as gift ideas for all occasions - specially decorated with bees.

• Tosa Enterprises - In addition to their organic vegetables free from additives and pesticides, Eliane and Harvey Thomas also specialize in free-range chicken and duck eggs. The Thomas' eggs are available for just $2.70 a dozen.

• Diane Potter's Baked Goods - Specializing in whole grain breads and desserts, each week, Potter will offer a selection of whole wheat oat, jalapeno cheddar, pesto parmesan, olive rosemary, rye and cinnamon raisin bread, among others, and also jams, sauces, cakes and cookies.

• Professional Knife Sharpener Warren Holmgreen

• Zengranny's Sage Gardens - Stop by for special herbal teas, including an oolong, rooibos and assam chai blend. Zengranny also offers culinary and grilling herbs in addition to her handcrafted salves, lip balms and tinctures and tooth powders.

For more information on becoming a vendor at the Sage Gardens Farmers Market, contact Gibson at 830-460-1271.