Market

Locals shop for produce in the rain near the Denton County Historical Park on Saturday. Opening day for the Denton Community Market was canceled due to weather conditions. The market has rescheduled its opening day celebration for April 13.

Opening day of the Denton Community Market was postponed a week because of Saturday morning’s rain.

Market staff let potential shoppers know opening day was canceled early Saturday morning. Vicki Oppenheim, executive director of the market, said having to cancel was very disappointing but she’s looking for better weather next week.

“We expect this season to be the best yet with returning and new vendors as well as the 10th Year Anniversary special events and programs such as an exhibit on the history of the Market with monthly changing themes, an anniversary zine and special Market days,” Oppenheim said in a news release.

The community market offers locally grown food and handmade products, live music and kids’ activities.

One vendor was there selling produce Saturday despite the weather.

In an email Saturday, Oppenheim said almost everything will remain the same for the opening redo next week. The opening ceremony will still take place, but Oppenheim said the music will be different. Performers are slated to include West Oxking, Brendan Mallow, Ellen & Dean, and Ryan Glenn.

The market has about 100 vendors, including new farmers, Oppenheim said.

Some changes for the coming year will include increased amenities thanks to county and city projects, according to the market’s website. Market staff worked with the Denton County Transportation Authority to help guests find their way to the market with maps of routes and public parking.

Matt Stalley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said Denton County saw about a quarter of an inch of rain early Saturday. He said light showers are expected to continue throughout the day and possibly Sunday.

As for next weekend’s market day, Stalley said there is currently a low chance of rain next Saturday at 20% to 30% and added it was too early to give an estimated time frame for the rain.

Denton County will warm up gradually throughout the week with temperatures in the mid- to high 70s Sunday, low 80s on Monday and high 80s Tuesday.

The Denton Community Market runs every Saturday from April to November at the Denton County Historical Park. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon.

ZAIRA PEREZ can be reached via Twitter at @zairalperez.

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