HARLINGEN — The excitement in Kate McSwain’s voice is undeniable.
There’s a good reason.
She hasn’t been able to wait for the return of the Harlingen Farmers Market, which finally starts up again this afternoon.
Following the typical summer hiatus, the crowds will be back later this afternoon to the tune of about 300 to 500 as McSwain expects.
There, those meandering the block where the market is located on A Street will find more than 20 vendors offering samples and selling their locally-grown fruits and vegetables — some of which are grown using sustainable efforts and organic principles.
Fruits and veggies aren’t the only items available. There also will be jams and jellies, artisan breads, gulf shrimp, goat milk cheese, free range eggs and many other items. Along with that, there’s live music, too.
But it’s also the growth and excitement the event is drawing that has McSwain so excited.
She said in its fifth year, the event is bigger each and every year. Interest in the market on Facebook has more than doubled during the past year, up to more than 4,400 likes.
It’s become so desirable for vendors and attendees that it is almost running out of space. However, McSwain said she likes the current location due to the shading trees and the beautiful mural.
The event is dog and kid friendly and there are even more activities on tap.
McSwain said there will be children’s activities and cooking programs on a regular basis. More on that will be announced later.
She just didn’t know the specific dates for that yet, but there’s no question she will be thrilled to announce that as well.