Alpine, Texas Farmer’s Market

by West Texas Weekly on November 3, 2009

I have good news and bad news about the Alpine Farmer’s Market.

The good news is that we have one.

The bad news is that we have two… some organization SNAFU or feud has created two farmer’s markets. One is at 10 am in the parking lot of the Big Bend Thrift Store, the other is at 9 am in the parking lot of Baeza’s thriftway. Many of the folks that I know here in town prefer Farmstand Marfa to our Alpine version. I take this with a grain of salt; it might just be an excuse to drive to Marfa and catch up with friends. They say that Farmstand has a better selection, is more fun, etc. Click here to learn more about Farmstand Marfa.

My advice to our local folks is to get together and have ONE FARMER’S MARKET AT ONE CONSISTENT TIME WITH ONE LEADER/ORGANIZER. Everyone benefits. Even if there’s an innocuous reason to meet at two different locations with two different times, it seems a little demanding to expect purchasers to spend an hour and a half at two different locations.

Let’s hear your comments on this issue. Also, I’d love to get comments from the organizers… these are just my general impressions. Click here to enter the post and leave a comment.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Johanna November 4, 2009 at 9:38 am

I also think it would be beneficial for the City of Alpine to build a structure, similar to the small shade structure on Murphy St., (la Sombra), in the Old Town park, where they could meet. It would draw more attention and provide a nice centralized convening area for folks. I find it unappealing to go to two different locations. I enjoy the atmosphere at the MFS and think the organizer, Sandra, has done a great job.

Thanks for opening up this dialogue. I am eager to hear what others have to say about this topic.


Andrew Suber November 4, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Thanks for the reply, Jo. I agree completely. A shade would go a long way to making this more appealing.


Ring Paul Huggins III November 4, 2009 at 1:59 pm


I think you are right about doing one market in Alpine.



Kendra November 5, 2009 at 8:53 am

I like the idea of one centralized location. In my experience, when things get too confusing people become uninterested — in this case I’d say both vendors and buyers would be affected. And a shade/structure is a great idea!


Julie November 7, 2009 at 1:55 pm

I didn’t know about the 2 markets until this morning. I love the one on the old square because it’s within a block or 2 of everything I want to do on Saturday morning in town. I went there this morning and there was one stand until Bennett and Lydia showed up to set up their solar exhibit. Mr. De La Luna (the lone farmer) told me he wasn’t sure why the others moved to the Thrift Store location.


Deshawn Hersh January 31, 2012 at 5:32 am

Thank you for your post. Great.


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