For the last 5 years Molly has poured her energy into building a thriving Farmer’s Market in the City of Taylor. Just a few months after its inception, Molly took on the role of Market Manager. Since then, she has worked with the City of Taylor and the local producers and artisans to build a vibrant city market. But as we’ve grown our own business, it is time to turn over the reins as Market Manager. There just isn’t enough Molly to go around! These past five years have been full of many wonderful (and some not-so-wonderful) experiences, and we’ve been able to meet some amazing people, but as of next week, Molly will be stepping down as the market manager. I am very proud of what Molly has built.
I think it was 2019 when our good friend Norma Ayala approached the City of Taylor with the idea of starting a farmers’ market. After planting that seed, Norma had to move, and Molly reluctantly agreed to take on the responsibility of nurturing and growing what would become the Heritage Square Farmer's Market in Taylor, Texas.
It didn’t take long for the obstacles to present themselves. From convincing vendors to give the small-town Saturday market a try to getting the word out to the community that the market was open, running the market was a full-time endeavor. Molly has received a great deal of help from the vendors throughout the process. After exhausting herself trying to manage everything solo, she rallied the troops and recruited fellow vendors to form a Market Board. With the help of these fine folks the market has established a live music program, a KidPreneur program, Chef at the market demos, educational demos, free spaces for community groups to raise money and share information, and more. Taking it one step further, she founded the "Friends of the Market"- a community support team. Honestly, I was surprised by how many of our customers and community members were eager to help out.
Through various challenges, including COVID, ice storms, power outages, extreme temperatures, and economic difficulties, this small market has steadfastly served the community. The resilience of small towns and small businesses is truly remarkable, and both the vendors and customers of the Heritage Square Farmers Market are shining examples of this enduring spirit. Their commitment in the face of adversity highlights the strength and solidarity inherent in our community.
As Molly moves on, we are optimistic about the market's future growth and remain committed to our involvement. We look forward to seeing its continued success and hope to see you there!