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Local farmers market harvests new vendors

Organizers of Ellsworth's farmers market are making some progress in their quest to attract more buyers and sellers.

If it's true the former will follow when the latter appear, Thursday afternoon's market included a positive development. One Menomonie family was represented among vendors at the East End Park market for the first time.

Tina Yang said she heard about the local weekly sale and its need to grow participation through a friend. She and her son, Tony, set up a tent and table in the park along Crosscut Street.

"I'm the only one in my family who really enjoys doing this," the four-year veteran of markets said about selling produce, adding, "it's my hobby."

Nonetheless, others in her seven-member family have supported her. Besides her son here, she had two daughters selling Thursday from another tent at the market in the Team Oil parking lot at Spring Valley, she said. There apparently was enough produce to go around at both sites, as well as for a Wednesday sale they attend in their own community's Wilson Park.

Although being part of Ellsworth's market was a first for her, Yang said she sold in the Holiday station's lot here early last week, with some success. She's also been asked to sell outside the local Family Dollar store. At the halfway point of the 2-to-6 p.m. sale in the triangle park, she and her son seemed satisfied with the customer traffic.

Read more in the print version of the Herald July 25.