The second season of the Downtown Hays Market opens Saturday morning and the new executive director of the Downtown Hays Development Corporation is ready to go.
So are the vendors, according to Megan Colson.
“We had about 35 different vendors last year and most of them are returning,” said Colson. “We’ll also have some new people and products.”
Despite the drought and water restrictions in the city of Hays, Colson said there should be plenty of fresh seasonal produce to purchase:
Last year, produce was brought to the market from as far away as Beloit and Rush and Russell counties.
Other items that will be available include live plants, baked goods, honey, jams and handcrafted items such as jewelry and soaps.
New vendors this year include Buffalo Creek Leather with hand-crafted leather items including holsters and cell phone cases and The Mustard Seed: Reclaimed Wood Designs.
Local musicians will be playing live music in the market each week, and Colson hopes to add some hands-on activities for the kids to enjoy while the adults shop.
Vendors can participate in the market any time throughout the season. The fee is $25, which is used for advertising and promoting the market.
Each vendor selling homemade goods or garden-grown produce “must adhere to the ‘From the Land of Kansas’ rules and guidelines regulated by the Kansas Department of Agriculture, and collect sales taxes,” Colson explained.
“You can be confident in the quality and safety of the food items you purchase,” she added.
The Downtown Hays Market is located in the parking lot at 10th and Main Streets. It will be open Saturdays 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m. until the first week of October, weather permitting, and also Wednesday evenings 5 p.m.-7 p.m.