Amanda Vanhoozier, a former city employee and the Coppell Farmers Market’s founder, started the market in 2003 as a way to give back to the community and bring life to Old Town Coppell. The Coppell Community Garden, which grows food to donate to charity, celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2023 as well.
The market is located in Old Town Coppell and is open on several Saturdays throughout the year.
The market has over 40 vendors, as of 2023, and exists under the nonprofit organization that oversees the Coppell Community Garden. Coppell Farmers Market Director Amanda Austin said the market has online resources that can help orient and provide guidance to prospective vendors.
Austin added the market has become a gathering place for families and friends, in addition to providing high-quality food options. Austin said the market continues to grow 20 years on, owing to solid planning from Vanhoozier and other founders.
“It’s really a testament to people who have been making it happen all these years,” Austin said. “These volunteers had the foresight to set up the foundation that helped make us who we are today.”
How it started
Vanhoozier, who now participates as a vendor for her company Bishop Hill Farm Flowers, said the market was created as a way to allow individuals to purchase locally produced food from area agrarians.
“Those really high-quality foods become accessible, and we’re giving folks an opportunity to have a direct relationship with those who produce food,” Austin said.
Austin said individuals interested in becoming vendors can apply at any time throughout the year. Applications are generally reviewed on a weekly basis.
Those interested in becoming volunteers to assist with board leadership, finances and more should start reaching out next fall, Austin said.
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