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Farm Market Moves, Grows To Year Round

What started as an idea to get fresh produce into the Cheviot area has turned into a consumption need.nn”We’re thrilled with the success we’ve had,” said founder Mary Hutten. “We are incredibly grateful to Joy Community Church for allowing us to use their property.”nnAccording the the market’s website, more than 20 vendors participate and sell homemade items like scarves to candy and practically any vegetable that is in season and canned goods like honey.nnHutten and others involved had a problem. They wanted to make the market grow all year long. The church was unable to provide space inside the building during the winter months, so the group contacted Cheviot’s Development Director Caroline Statkus about Harvest Home Parks availability.nn”We were absolutely thrilled about it, because it meant that we got a great local farmers market,” explained Statkus.nnThe city strarted a campaign to buy locally to promote stores and goods produced and sold in the city to boost the local economy.nn”It ties in very nicely,” said Statkus.nnThe new location also helps it another way, “[It] will also help us avoid some of the traffic snarls experienced as a result of construction on North Bend Rd,” said Hutten.nnThe market opened last Friday and exceeded expectations, “It was just dynomite,” exclaimed Statkus.nn”In just the one week that we’ve been here, a lot of our vendors sold out of their products,” said market manager Karen Kerst.nnThe new venue brings new hours that will last into the winter. The new hours are Fridays from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at 3961 North Bend Road.

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