Fruit and veggies everywhere

fruits and veggies on Saunders

Onions, onions and more onions - also on Saunders

Loads of fruit on Zapata Highway

I just don’t get it. First the Laredo Main Street people announced the Farmer’s Market, then it was canceled (hmmm… similar pattern to the planning meetings) with the statement that not enough vendors could be found. Bordertown Blues pointed out the fruit stand not too far from my house. This weekend, I found the above three vendors on the streets of Laredo – and that does not even include the Arkansas Street vendor.

Soooo… how about if we ask these guys to come together just one day out of the month? Heck, they can just put up a quarter of their produce and that would start the trend. I know it is hard for one person to put all this together but the community keeps saying “we want to see this and we are willing to help.” Or as my friend over at Keep Laredo Beautiful says “just go for it” which is exactly what the Earth Day planning committee did for the mini-farmer’s market during the Earth Day event.

Maybe we could have even asked this farm to sell us some of their onions:

onion picking season on Zapata Highway a few miles south of Rio Bravo

Ok, ok, I will lay off the Farmer’s Market issue. Even I am getting on my own nerves about it.


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7 Responses to Fruit and veggies everywhere

  1. MaryHelen says:


    Please keep this on the front burner. I am still interested in helping with this venture but I’m in the middle of moving. :o/

    Hopefully very soon I can join you in this “fruitful” venture, but in the meantime, I can call some crafty friends (as in friends that make crafts LOL) to help find vendors for the candles/oils/soaps category.

  2. MaryHelen says:

    Oh, one more thing, is it possible that there be some regulation regarding the hand-lettered signs? I can come up with several sign designs that would not be expensive — or at least, as expensive as those plywood w spray paint signs cost — but with more appeal and artistry.


  3. MaryHelen says:

    Ok, ideas for future farmers markets:
    1. Cooking demos
    2. Craft Corner
    3. Bakery Boutique (just think of empanada contests and semita cook-offs!)
    4. Furry Friends Fair (all pets must be on a leash)
    5. Monthly Certificates & Annual Plaques for best booth, best demo, etc.

    πŸ˜‰ MH

    • que fregados says:

      Great ideas MaryHelen, unfortunately, it looks like the city (at least the Laredo Main Street office, maybe another city office will pick it up) will be waiting a few months for another attempt.

      That office had been trying to arrange cooking demonstrations and were wanting to co-sponsor with the arts fair that already happens. I don’t think they had #3 through #5 but I do know that they read this blog πŸ™‚

      I will let you know when else I get invited to a planning meeting but… even at the meetings, there is no dispersing of responsibilities. It doesn’t feel like a collaboration – maybe that is by design? maybe it is by personality of the person heading it? not sure but hopefully it will be more open to a committee to plan it.

  4. MaryHelen says:

    One more thing and I’m done. LOL

    How about locating this darn thing behind the Public Library where there’s a bit of shaded area (by the composting heap that’s usually empty anyway)?

  5. rick78 says:

    All great ideas Mary Helen hope your endeavor gets going best of luck .

  6. Alma says:

    I’m going to San Diego (CA) and will be visiting at least one farmers market, I love them and hope to take tons of photos, but I think it has the potential to be a tourist attraction here in Laredo if done correctly. I hear they wanted it on the banks of the river, if they ever do anything with downtown, the two combined would be wonderful! But, apparently, people here are content with nothing more than the status quo.

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