A cool overcast morning greeted the ten or so vendors readying their booths at 7 a.m. for the opening of the Downtown Hays Market’s second season at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning.
The temperature dropped to 58 degrees before the clouds began parting and the sun started to shine. Most of the vendors and the early attendees at the market wore jackets.
This is the first year Ashley Nease has managed the market, located in the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.
“We have four new vendors here today and it’s just so exciting to help them get started in their business,” she said.
Lots of homemade foods, especially the artisan breads baked by Cathy Drabkin of Cathy’s Breads, sold out quickly. She was one of the returning vendors from last year.
“This has pretty much turned into a full-time endeavor for me,” Drabkin smiled.
Katyedge Farm near Catherine also sells homemade breads and bagels, and stickhorses:
The is the second year for the downtown market. It will be open Saturday mornings, 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., and Wednesday evenings, 5 p.m.- 7p.m., through the first week of October.