The new Downtown Hays Market opened Saturday morning.
Twelve vendors were open for business at 7:30 sharp on the 10th Street parking lot between Main and Fort Streets.
Downtown Hays Development Corporation Executive Director Traci Stanford is delighted with the turnout of vendors and shoppers. “It’s too early for produce yet, but we’ve been told to expect some garden herbs for sale next Saturday,” she says. The market will also be open Wednesday evenings from5 to 8.
Saturday morning’s offerings included homebaked goodies ranging from strawberry rhubarb pie to honey wheat bread, handmade soaps, olive oil imported from Italy, handcrafted jewelry, bug jars, quilts, and even free massages. Several booth operators reported selling out of some products.
So far, 16 producers have signed up for the Downtown Market. Stanford encourages customers to check in regularly. “Produce and merchandise will change throughout the growing season, and different vendors will be on site different weeks.”