By Andie Miller
As a designated cultural arts district, people have come to know Winnsboro for its art, diversity, and elaborate events. More recently, the Winnsboro Farmers’ Market has gained a spot in the sun as an authentic market boasting farm fresh fruits and vegetables, local honey, artisan baked goods, fresh cut flowers, and more. Stacy Finley, the Market Manager, says her vision for Market Park is so much more than just the pavilions. She, the market board, and others involved in the Farmers’ Market, have a vision for the lot to be “whimsical and fun; a hands-on experience; and fun for the whole family.” Finley sees the farmers’ market as an eclectic gathering spot for community fellowship, and “what better way to bring Winnsboro together than to marry our agricultural roots with our artistic claim to fame” right in the heart of town.”
During the 2021 Christmas Parade, a unique and exquisite mosaic tractor was revealed to Winnsboro aboard the Farmers’ Market float. Following the parade, the new exhibit was placed at the corner of Market Park facing the intersection of Main Street and Carnegie Street. The tractor is an old Farmall Tractor that was regularly used on the Buck’s family farm. Recently, Lanny and Brenda Buck decided to bring the dilapidated farm equipment back to life with a fresh coat of bright red paint and a gorgeous array of mosaiced colors, trinkets, and style of its own. The paint job was done locally by Allen Burnett of Custom Paint and Powdercoating, and the mosaic work was done by Barbara Dybala of Rockwall, Texas. The Buck Family generously donated the newly made over tractor to the Winnsboro Farmers’ Market as a permanent fixture to the park.
Next time you are in Winnsboro near the train depot, stop by to see the one-of-a-kind tractor; you can hunt for interesting treasures, mosaiced fruits and vegetables, and ring the cowbell. Finley says all the many colors on the tractor are ones you’ll find matching the produce grown and sold right here in Northeast Texas and invites you to come shop the market where we are “All Local. All the Time.”