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Canyon Lake’s Jessica Japhet, owner of Toots’ Sweets, loves farmers markets almost as much as she enjoys baking cakes, pies, pastries, cookies and other delectables.

Jessica Japhet
Jessica Japhet

When she moved near Turkey Cove after two years of selling baked goods at San Marcos’ farmer’s market, she decided to bring the concept with her to Canyon Lake.

Japhet tried to acquire Kanz Feed & Seed, but the asking price was too steep for her budget. Renting anywhere in Canyon Lake isn’t all that cheap either, she says. Frustrated, she turned to the VFW to see if they could help launch one of the area’s first farmers markets.

“Everything else fell through, and I felt the weight of the world on my shoulders like I let down the vendors,” she says. “Luckily the VFW has some very nice people, and were open to the idea.”

And so now is the new Sattler Farmer’s Market, open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekend in front of VFW 8573, 16425 River Rd., Canyon Lake.

Of course, you’ll find lots of fresh, Texas-grown organic produce from Fredericksburg, Marfa, Floresville and a few points south.

“The produce has way better flavor and it’s better for you because it’s not treated with pesticides,” explains Canyon Lake’s Grace Martin, whose business is acquiring produce from growers like Engel Farms, Village Farms, Fikes’ Farm and Pedernales Valley. “The produce may not be the prettiest because our growers aren’t using harsh pesticides. But it’s all organic and non-GMO. You’re getting really good produce and it tastes amazing.”

Japhet’s building an impressive list of eclectic list of vendors who are expected to add a whole new dimension to shopping along Canyon Lake’s main strip. She’s still accepting applications for 2018 market days.

“So if you are an artist, hobbyist, photographer, green-thumb, or make anything by hand or homemade goods, this is the venue for you to connect with the community and sell your items,” she says.

Vendors must provide their own tables and signage, but the cost for space is only $15 per day. Japhet can be reached via email at SattlerTXFM@gmail.com or through her Facebook pages (Toots’ Sweets or Sattlers Farmers market).

Also on Japhet’s mind are plans for a huge Easter Market & Egg Hunt on March 31 that will include hundreds of eggs, dozens of games, raffles, gift certificates and something bouncy to wear out the kids.

Meanwhile, she says vendors — like farmers — can’t always commit to specific dates. Check before you come if you’re looking for something on the list.

Here’s a list of current vendors:

Nicole Rodriguez – Southern Pixie (jewelry)

Santa Saucede – Bow Hunters (jerky)

Lori Boyd – Hand made items like bags, embroidery, herb gardens)

Alyssa Macha – The Yellow Magnolia (candles, bath soaks and oil roll-ons)

Terri Smith – Pop-A-Licious popcorn-flavored popcorn

Cory Westinghouse – Westinghouse Seafood (fresh seafood)

Sydney Dubuisson – Salsas, jams, jellies

Rinny Lipsett Jenkins – Home Decor for a Cause (mugs, cups Mason jars and chalk boards)

Pete & Donya Kokocha – Papakoko’s (hand-burned cedar signs,benches, lamps, bird houses)

Kaycee Mann – Krazy Kreations (soy wax melts)

Debbie Kelton – Granny Cave Creations (bath bombs, soaps)

Thereze Bautista- Golden Pineapple (Filipino eggrolls, rangoons and bubble tea)

Rhonda Redbird – Paintings of famous Texas dance halls

Lou Tonks – Farm-fresh eggs

Tracy Caraway – Handmade goods, produce, baked goods

Jessica Japhet – Toots’ Sweets Bakery (cinnamon rolls, cakes and other baked goods)

Mark with Fastdrivin –  Handmade knives, leather pieces, guitars

Melinda Johnson – Tacos for Jesus

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