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2018 Creston Farmers Market finishes 10th season in McKinley Park

From Brian Zachary

Board member Creston Farmers Market

I want to thank everyone, the city of Creston, staff, vendors and customers, for another great season of Creston Farmers Market. Especially Bryan and Maddie Pellman, the new co-managers of the market. Each week they got the signs and tents up, and the rent collected. They are super dependable and friendly, and really made sure the market kept up its grand tradition. Bryan and Maddie, you are great! Big thanks to everyone who plays in the band Beards of a Feather. Your music really makes the difference at our market.

Our Farmers Market is an incredible part of a local food network, where producers meet directly with the people that consume their goods. This gives our community access to the freshest produce, while deeply cutting the food-miles needed to deliver it. At the same time, we are supporting our friends and neighbors, and giving them a chance to earn supplementary income for their families.

The market is also a social space where people can meet with their neighbors, enjoy live music, share food together and even get a hot supper (big thanks to Hy-Vee and Connie Minto). This was our second year having adult and kid activities at the market, and each one was super well attended by many participants each week. I think my highlight was the new smoothie bike the market acquired. Alexi Groumoutis, our local food coordinator, has scheduled and organized all of the activities and really added something special to the market. She is awesome!

Creston Farmers Market is successful because of a group effort of many people including staff, performers, vendors and you, the customers. Thank you for supporting us!

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