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Farmers' Market Recovering Well After Fire
Posted on: 08/16/2013
By  Andy Rex
It’s been about four months since the building that housed the River City Farmers’ Market at the fairgrounds was destroyed by a fire.
But the market has persevered, and continues to operate every Saturday morning.  WMOA News spoke with market president Gary Smith about how the summer has went
“It has been tremendous," Smith says.  "We’d like to thank each and every one who has donated to us and helped us out in any way.  It’s been really great.  The public has come out and really supported us.  There’s a lot of new faces and a lot of old faces.  It has been a great summer at the market.”
The transition to fall and winter comes after the Washington County Fair, which is the only weekend the market doesn’t operate – although Smith says many vendors take part in the fair.  He says after the fair, the focus turns to the crafts, but other items will still be available
“Some of the vendors are growing wintertime (produce), like lettuce and stuff that you can grow in the winter – lettuce and onions and things like that – cold weather crops," Smith explains.  "There’ll be some of that all winter long.  Of course, we’ll have our crafts and our baked goods.”
And, we asked Gary Smith about the progress of a new facility for the market.

“The Washington County Fair Board has guaranteed a building for the winter, until we get our new building built," Smith says.  "The last I heard, it’s in the architect’s hands.  I don’t know for sure whether bids have been put out yet or not.  It’s at that stage.”
You can visit the market’s web site at www.rivercityfarmersmarket.org.
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