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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Farm fresh makes a difference

  • When the Hope Farmer's Market began in May of this year, leader Jodi Coffee didn't know what the year would bring. But, by the end of the market season last Tuesday, she and the vendors were pleased with the turnout.
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  • When the Hope Farmer's Market began in May of this year, leader Jodi Coffee didn't know what the year would bring. But, by the end of the market season last Tuesday, she and the vendors were pleased with the turnout. “We need to stress the positive points of people buying from the market,” Coffee said. “They are getting farm-fresh produce and handmade items that come from this area, and the freshness of the produce cannot be beat.” Coffee was the manager of the Hope Market, Sheila Ballard and Jaimie Williams were managers of the Old Washington market and Debra Bolding was the manager of the Nashville market. “We had a consortium this year between the three markets and that worked well,” Coffee said. “Vendors were willing to come to the market with their goods and patrons were willing to shop locally and buy fresh, but we still need to make people aware that we're here.” All in all, according to Coffee, the market was a success and they are hoping for more vendors and more patrons next year. “Although we just had our last market, we will begin having meetings in January to plan for next year's market,” Coffee said. “Remember, we will open in May sometime, and we want people to know that we are here and we will bring fresh food to your table. Spread the word.”

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