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Faces of the Farmers Market: Stephanie Canada

Stephanie Canada represents and sells low carb, gluten free, and preservative free mexican foods for The Salsa Texan
Olivia Lauter
Stephanie Canada stands behind The Salsa Texan’s products for sale at the Lucas Farmer’s Market. She is one of a few sales representatives around the area for The Salsa Texan.

Stephanie Canada stands behind her booth, head deep in tortillas and chips. After a brief ‘hello’ she starts naming off products and memorized ingredients, talking fast like an auctioneer. She goes from item to item, tossing each lightly when picking them up, giving them a gentle spin. From weight watcher points, to calories, to carbs, Stephanie listed each like it was a native language, adding extra emphasis on the baked, not fried, chips. Afterall, The Salsa Texan is “known for the fact that everything [they] have is gluten free, fat free and preservative free, but not taste free,” she says. 

Stephanie got involved with the company around a year and a half ago when she met the chef at a market. Having type two diabetes and celiac disease, the chef refused to stop snacking, so he made a way that he could. And The Salsa Texan was born. Working full time during the week, she takes her weekends to sell and represent The Salsa Texan.

Products of The Salsa Texan include salsa, queso, tortillas, and chips. All products are gluten free and keto friendly. (Olivia Lauter)

“I work in a law office during the week, so people don’t want to give you money there. Here, people are happy to buy and give you money,” she says with a laugh. 

After the seasonal markets shut down, Stephanie finds herself behind Willow Bend Mall every Saturday selling at a year-round market. She’s seen repeat customers and heard countless stories of satisfied customers, and their new ability to eat food they enjoy inside of their dietary restrictions. 

“[Seeing] the repeat customers and to see the people who come back that haven’t had flour tortillas in ten or fifteen years, and they can actually have them,” she says. “I’ve had a customer rip open the bag and start eating them in front of me. To see them be able to enjoy something they haven’t had for years is really very rewarding.” 

Mid conversation, a customer in line interjects, gesturing at the tortillas, “those are excellent,” he says. “We’re repeat customers,” he adds, pointing at him and his wife who was fighting her way to another bag of chips. Stephanie rings up the wife, making small talk about their purchase. 

As the couple walks away, the husband turns around once more, stuttering on his words but grinning and excitedly says, “And, they’re low in carbs. We have two type one grandkids, so they can eat more chips.” 

They walk away and Stephanie resumes. 

“He just verified what I said,” she says. “That’s one of the rewarding things that the customers come back and tell me that it’s not just me making that up and telling people,”

Even though the markets can be a, “pain in the butt,” getting up early, Stephanie believes those stories are her reward.

“You get to know them, it’s just fun,” she says. “They come to me with their stories and I can then tell their stories to other people.”

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Parker Post, Editor-In-Chief
Parker Post is skipping into her senior year and third year on staff with a whole lot of excitement and an equal amount of fear of peaking in high school, both a result of her need to make this year her best one yet. Post loves all things pink and sparkly and spends every second with her five best friends (shoutout to "My Friends ring emoji").  Throughout her years of high school, she has mastered power naps, talking an ear off, and creating hundreds of unfinished projects that have all now extended their deadline to “at some point in my life”. She looks forward to continuing the power duo in working alongside the UIL state writing princess, don’t fact check that, Lindsey Hughes as the Editors-In-Chief and leaving their legacy behind in their final year on staff.
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Heading into her fourth and final year in TRL, senior Olivia Lauter could not be more thrilled to soak up every last minute of shooting sports, events and portraits for her favorite publication. Lauter has spent every day of her high school career with a camera around her neck, and you won’t catch her without it until graduation day. As well as being the photo editor for TRL, Lauter is a varsity cheerleader and involved in PALS and NHS. When she’s not on the sidelines with her camera or cheering on the Leopards, Lauter is with her friends, who she adores more than life itself. You will probably hear “last time, best time” and how “bittersweet” senior year is continually from Lauter this year, but she is just excited to spend one more year doing what she loves alongside the people she loves on TRL.

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    DonnaJun 13, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Stephanie is a ray of sunshine on my Saturday mornings. With being able to combine The Salsa Texan products with my other dieting, I have been able to lose approximately 40 pounds in the last 3 1/2 months. I am very grateful for all their products. (And I have almost all of them)