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Three years after a popular farmers market at the Alamo Quarry Market shut down, an all-new outdoor shopping venue featuring stalls with organic foods and artisanal wares has debuted in the parking lot.

The new Alamo Heights Farmers Market opened June 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in front of Whole Foods Market.

Rancher Tony Koch, who sold meat and other products at the previous farmers market, said his customers have been asking for it to reopen.

“After it closed, people kept asking us, ‘When are y’all coming back?’” Koch said. “We’ve been working on it for several years to get back to this location.”

Koch was able to reach an agreement with Whole Foods to use part of its lot. The new Alamo Heights Farmers Market has about 25 vendors, with farm-fresh selections including produce, grass-fed/grass-finished beef, lamb, goat and wild hog meats, chicken, eggs, kombucha, pecans, honey, gourmet coffee, lemonade and more.

Customer Chuck Fletcher said he’s glad a farmers market has returned.

“We used to come here when it was (the Quarry Ranchers and Farmers Market),” Fletcher said. “We go to the Pearl Farmers Market also. It’s good to have more choices, where you can buy organic eggs, corn not sprayed with (herbicides), grass-fed meat — products with no antibiotics, no pesticides.”

John Engel, of Engel Farms in Fredericksburg, said a large following for its tomatoes and peaches have already been drawing customers to the new market.

“The Texas Hill Country is known for its peaches,” Engel said.

Curtis and Debbie Stiefer of 3G Farms also are vendors at the new market. They grow and sell broccoli, carrots, kale, tomatoes, onions, beets, peppers and beet greens. Debbie Stiefer also makes and sells jams and pickles, as well as pickled carrots and pickled okra.

“The pickled vegetables have evolved into a real business,” she said. “People love the pickled rainbow carrots. They are big sellers; people love to put them on sandwiches.”

The Quarry Ranchers and Farmers Market, which was started by Heather Hunter and F. David Lent, opened at the Alamo Quarry Market in 2011. It lost its lease  there in 2014 because of concerns about traffic and parking. It briefly moved to The Yard shopping center in Olmos Park before closing down.

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