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|First Farmers Market in Downtown Galesburg
|An event Saturday in Galesburg is one that you might say some local growers have been preparing all year for.
Saturday marked the first in a series of farmers markets to be held on Saturday mornings again in the downtown, and again hosted by the Galesburg Business Association. Over a dozen vendors lined the parking lot on Simmons Street across from the Kensington.
Jim Stanley of Knoxville was among them, and also sells his produce to some local restaurants, and tells WGIL he's able to do so by being able to grow all year long.
"[The produce grows] in a high tunnel or a greenhouse, pretty immune to the weather extremes -- too wet, too dry, or too cold," Stanley said. "If it gets too hot like last summer, it doesn't matter; you can't cool it down enough to grow some stuff, some of your tomatoes and stuff like that. [Otherwise,] it's really nice for [growing] season extension."
Stanley says the mild weather this year so far allowed him to grow virtually all year long.
Stanley tells WGIL he likes what he does, even if it means not being able to relax as much as he thought he would by this time in his life.
"It definitely keeps you busy," Stanley said. "I put the [greenhouse] structure up a little over...two years ago, and I got done, and I'm going 'Retirement's over now.'"
Stanley's stand was almost out of produce half-way through the market, which he says he's just fine with.
(Vendors and visitors could be found Saturday in a downtown Galesburg parking lot for a Farmers Market. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|05 06 12 by Newsroom
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