The December Farmer’s Market is tomorrow in historic downtown McKinney. We’re glad to have Cindy Johnson for a little Q&A to tell you all about it. Cindy is the Executive Director of the Heritage Guild of Collin County, Chestnut Square Historic Village and the Historic McKinney Farmers Market
Q: What is the December Farmers Market all about?
The Historic McKinney Farmers Market at Chestnut Square is a weekly market from April through October. In November, December, January, February, and March we hold a “winter market” on the third Saturday of each month.
Q: How many vendors participate?
During the weekly market season we have 50+ vendors offering produce, meat, eggs, honey, olive oil, baked goods, herbs, nuts, goat cheese and more! The winter market has fewer vendors, but people love to stock up on basic needs for the holidays.
Q: What are the particulars?
The Historic McKinney Farmers Market is located at 315 S. Chestnut St. in McKinney, just two blocks south of the downtown square. The market is open from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Parking is located on McDonald St. in a city lot. We don’t have any ATM machines, so come prepared!
Q: What can we expect to find at the Winter Market?
We usually have entertainment and plan to this weekend, but if the forecast is true and it rains, the entertainment is off. This weekend, however, we’ll also have a holiday bazaar inside one of the houses at Chestnut Square. Our Crafters Guild and other vendors will offer unique, hand-made items for last minute gift shoppers. We’ll also have three of the Chestnut Square houses decorated for the holidays and open for visitors. The 1870’s Johnson House has a Christmas display of antique porcelain dolls, the Two-Bit Taylor Inn (1864) is decorated for Christmas with blacksmithing demonstrations nearby and the Faires House (1854) has Dutch oven cooking demonstrations and tastings.
Q: What do you see as the best or most successful part of the Market?
Our vendors are the best, the setting is the best and our customers are loyal!
Q: What are you most proud of?
We were voted the #1 Farmers Market in Texas in the Farmland Trust “Love Your Farmers Market” 2013 Contest.
Q: Does the Market have any needs the community can help with?
If people come and have fun we love donations. It takes a lot of money to maintain the grounds and buildings.