Farmers market

Joel Garrison makes a purchase from Peggy Chubb on Tuesday at Temple Farmers Market at 121 Montpark, adjacent to Fire Station No. 7 on West Adams Avenue. The market is open Tuesday and Thursdays.

For being the first day of the season for Temple Farmers Market, it was pretty good.

There was a variety in what was being offered for sale.

D3 Farms and Star Farms, 693 E. Highway 79 in Rockdale, sold out of plums early on, but still had tables filled with produce, another devoted to canned items including pickled items, jellies and jams and a table at the end was covered in just picked corn.

James and Tonya Dinnerson raise produce on two farms in Rockdale and Milano that are both open to the public for those who want to pick their own produce.

“We’ll have peaches, blackberries, figs, pears and more plums coming soon,” Tonya Dinnerson said.

James Dinnerson’s great-grandfather and great-uncle were commercial farmers, but James initially took a different route, career wise. He served in the Army and worked for the state.

“My daughter brought home some tomato plants which we pretty much let die,” James Dinnerson said. “I wanted to see if I could bring them back and I did.”

Dinnerson then developed a garden at the side of his house.

“We went from a 25-sqaure foot garden to 34 acres on one farm and 16 acres on the other,” he said.

Tonya Dinnerson said she loves the process.

“I like talking to people and I learn something new every day,” she said.

Peggy Chubb and Bobby Lawrence were back at the market, they grow produce in their plot at Temple Community Garden.

They planted turnips, collards and cool season greens in the winter and in the spring they started with potatoes and onions.

Larry Jez has participated in the farmers market for about eight years. He farms about three miles east of Temple.

On Tuesday, Jez had his honey for sale, along with some produce.

A beekeeper for more than 25 years, Jez currently has 12 hives.

Jez said he was concerned about the hives during the cold snaps this winter.

“They’re amazing,” he said of the bees. “They really know how to take care of themselves.”

Pat Jones of Dog Ridge Herbs had a selection of herbs for sale, including oregano, parsley, dill and more.

Jones is at the Temple market on Tuesday and in Belton on Saturdays and said this year is likely going to be her last season selling at the farmers markets and will instead be selling from her home.

Daniel and Monica Lara of D&M Gardens in Heidenheimer are growing a little bit of everything.

They had peaches for sale that they got from a friend who has about 800 peach trees in Holland. In addition to the Temple market, the Laras split up the duties and sell in Belton and Killeen as well.

“We pulled up about 1,500 onions yesterday,” Daniel Lara said. “We’ve got plenty of potatoes.”

The Laras sell a golden zucchini that is very popular.

“It cooks faster and has more flavor than the green,” Monica Lara said.

The Temple market will open at 7 a.m. on Thursday at the same location. The Belton Farmers Market is open Saturdays at the corner of Central Avenue and Penelope Street.