The Concho Valley Farmer's Market offers a unique experience. The first part of that experience is to walk around surrounded by the sight and smells of local residents hard work and dedication to a craft. The craft could be a vegetable garden, a herb garden, a special type of goat cheese, and lovingly cared for and collected fresh farm eggs. The second part of the experience is being able to support the local economy.

This Saturday, May 17th, kicks off the beginning of the Concho Valley Farmer's Market, under the pavilion at 609 S. Oakes St. across from Fort Concho. The weekly produce sale will start bright at early, 7AM, with a large spread of winter vegetables.The market continue to operate until the first fall freeze

The vendors, who come from a 75-mile radius around San Angelo, will be offering locally grown and seasonal fruits, vegetables, and plants from 7 a.m. until they sell out every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday starting next week. The trick is to get there early, because the vendors typically sell out around noon. The farmers market typically charges customers $1 for a bundle or a bowl of produce.

President of the Concho Valley Farmers Market, Margie Jackson, said initially the inventory will consist of items such as greens (including spinach, lettuces and collards), green and purple onions, beets, carrots, asparagus, radishes, Swiss chards (a type of beet), along with indoor and outdoor plants, pecans, goat cheese, farm-fresh eggs, and fresh herbs such as basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley and rosemary.

Interested farmers can join the market for $15 or $20, which allows them to set up a stand for $5 or $10 at each sale. For more information, contact Jackson at 325-245-3338.