Center City‘s mission is to bring back historic downtown Amarillo. The mission is supported a variety of ways, including the Amarillo Community Market. This is the 4th year of the community market. Center City Executive Director, Beth Duke said, “It grew from 35 vendors the first year to now almost 100 and we couldn’t be prouder. The community has supported us and we just want them to keep coming back and supporting these great vendors.”
Everything at the Amarillo Community Market must be locally grown, baked or created in Amarillo. Duke explained, “We want to encourage all of the great local talent we have here in 150-mile radius of Amarillo.”
Peace Love Cookies is some of that local talent. Owner, Kristi Casler says, “Everybody tends to enjoy a sweet treat when they come out to the market.”
Another vendor, Tom Wilson who owns McC Farms enjoys selling his goods, “We raise about 2,000 chickens and we have raw eggs, we sell them to some restaurants, we have a license. And we raise, I hadn’t counted the bees lately, but we raise several thousand and millions of bees and we have this raw honey.”
The market has helped some vendors advance their business. Duke said, “They’re now in local restaurants, in local stores, and I love it because we thought it would be a fun thing for the community, it has also become an economic driver for economic development.”
On Saturday, June 29, the community market is having extended hours in conjunction with the city’s annual Summer Fireworks Extravaganza festivities.