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New farmer's market day patronage light, organizers optimistic

By Jimmy Isaac
June 23, 2010 at 6 p.m.

Patronage was light Wednesday, but organizers expect the Historic Longview Farmers Market to continue growing as it has since its launch in May.

The Historic Longview Farmers Market, located in the 100 block of East Cotton Street at the former site of Kelly Plow Works, provides a venue for farmers and producers of homegrown, sustainable foods and products, organizer Danielle Heard said. Since May 5, the market has brought together growers and consumers to the downtown Longview spot every Saturday. Organizers said vendors ran out of products within two hours on May 5.

Wednesday was the first time the market was held on a weekday, which contributed to the low turnout, Heard said. She spent the morning standing beside Cotton Street beckoning motorists through a construction site to the market.

Heard said the initiative is about promoting sustainability in East Texas.

Though the Historic Longview Farmers Market competes with other existing farmers markets, her event excludes wholesale vendors or others who sell produce they didn't grow in this region. Farmers Fred Boger of Diana and Ken Aggen of Oak Hill said those requirements are the reason why they will continue selling their goods in downtown Longview.

The market will open at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Wednesdays through November.



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