NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Farmer's Market celebrated a big milestone today. After six months of extensive paperwork, the market has obtained its non-profit status.
The accomplishment will benefit both the farmer's market and its customers.
The Nacogdoches Farmer's Market strives to provide a place for healthy foods, as well as fun fellowship. A non-profit status will allow vendors to do even more for their customers.
"Basically it means we can act as a business. Like we can take food stamps," said Buckley MacInerney, a member of the market advisory board. "We can apply for grants. All the money we charge for rent can go back into - we have our own bank account. We have our own treasurer."
Before, the city held the purse strings. While supportive, the market participants never had total say of where the money could be spent. With non-profit status, donations can now be accepted through "Friends of the Nacogdoches Farmers Market."
"And we encourage people to be supportive of our organization," said Melisa Lummus, an advisory board member and a vendor. "We have $5 for students. We have $10 and $15 for individuals and families, and then we even have some for sponsorships, businesses of $50 and organizations and corporations that want to help support us up to $100."
The funds will be used for grounds improvement and marketing.
"I worked with other markets, but this market it's just very friendly. We just take care of each other," said Shannon White, a vendor at the market. "It's just a very good sense of community."
Nacogdoches singer Cindy Grayson expresses it through a John Prine song.
"In a town this size there's no place to hide," Grayson sang. "Everywhere you go you meet someone you know. You can't steal a kiss in a place like this. In a town this size."
The Nacogdoches Farmer's Market held its last Wednesday market for the year Wednesday, but vendors will be back on Saturday from eight to noon. You can check out more about the market online and on Facebook.