The Market at Indian Mound Ranch readies for new season
By Dana Delgado
With a successful launch and remarkable run this past spring and summer of The Market at Indian Mound Ranch, Susan Jones Anderson is gearing up for the opening of the Market’s unique second season beginning in November.
The outdoor market, situated on 2.5 acres of the Jones family’s expansive 500-acre Indian Mound Ranch at 12805 Hwy 29 West, kicks off its new, monthly season on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
A special Holiday Market Day, with plenty of surprises, is scheduled for Dec. 12. Monthly markets will be held the second Saturday of every month through April. The Farmer’s Market returns in May for its six-month run.
The spring-summer Farmer’s Market was so well received, Mrs. Jones-Anderson said she wanted to continue the opportunity for locals to gather and shop for special items produced by the area’s diverse talent.
“We want to keep it local,” she said. “Over the summer we had 12 vendors with our core vendors being Jackass Honey Farms and Mamma Grace’s Kitchen with her really terrific baked goods. They convinced me to continue and made me see that there was a real need in the community for a market like this.”
With seemingly boundless energy and a local family legacy spanning 100 years, Susan Jones Anderson along with other family members including her sister, are committed to make the fall-winter market, a unique Liberty Hill experience.
“I visited other markets and found them too commercial,” Mrs. Jones Anderson said. “There are lots of talented people out there in our area with lots to sell. I just want people to buy and sell locally and support our community.”
As an avid gardener who has over 70 chickens and grew over 400 pounds of tomatoes this past summer and with a background in food service, the Liberty Hill native is making a plea to all interested vendors.
Fixed vendor booths have been added with water access and next season, power will be available on site.
“There is plenty of room for vendors including those with their own tents of any size unless,” she said, “the tents are circus tents. The emphasis is on local, handmade, and natural and there is no fee for vendor space. We are just trying to do all the right things for the community.”
Susan Jones Anderson said that her vision for the Market at Indian Mound Ranch is that of a community gathering place on Saturday mornings for vendors to trade and network and to form a sense of community.
“We want people to feel welcome and to share some of the old school ways of cooking and gardening,” she said. “I’m curious about natural things and always asking why. We look forward to making this Market a permanent fixture in this community, but know it will take a lot people to make it work.”
For more information, visit The Market at Indian Mound Ranch on Facebook. Contact Susan Jones Anderson by email at IndianMoundRanchMarket@gmail.com.