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Farmers market returns to York

YORK -- York's farmers market is coming back and hoping to harvest a heavy crop of customers.

Signa Curry recently moved to York from the Midwest. She immediately wondered why the city didn't have its own market, she said.

Friends directed her to Jim Dickerson, who has repeatedly tried to get one started on Congress Street.

"Apparently they've tried it in the past and it just never got off the ground," she said. "Vendors didn't come consistently and that's the primary thing that needs to happen."

She's hoping she can generate enough interest this year when the market reopens next week to keep both vendors and customers in bountiful supply.

The market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning April 5 and is located at North Congress Street across from Dickerson Ford. It will be open through October.

"I've been promoting it all winter long and just had a wonderful response," Curry said.

Dickerson said he hopes the efforts will pay off.

"I feel sure that we'll have a lot better success than we have in the past," he said.

Part of the problem last year was the amount of crops that were damaged by frost and then drought, he said.

When the market opens in April 5, farmers will probably just be selling produce from other parts of the state such as cabbage and potatoes. But as local produce comes in, they'll try to get more diversity including fresh fruit, vegetables and eggs.

"Hopefully as people's gardens come in, we're going to have herbs and fresh vegetables and that kind of stuff," he said.

Black's Peaches is planning to sell produce at the market, said employee Beth White. As the season progresses they'll have strawberries, tomatoes, cantaloupe and peaches, she said.

"They've tried for several years to get it going," White said. "Hopefully this year will be different."

Curry said she's also talked with other business such as the York Spice and Tea Company, which is interested in the possibility of selling it's organic products there.

"I think it would great," said Sunday Miller, York Spice and Tea Company co-owner. "York needs more interactive and public spaces. I think this would be a good step in that direction."

Despite the interest, Curry said she's trying to keep the market from becoming a craft show.

"Of course a market is all about the growers, the fresh produce and your honey and your jams and your baked goods and things like that," she said. "We hope to attract a lot of areas farmers and growers with the produce."

Her goal is for it to become a thriving community gathering place, she said.

For details contact Curry at (704) 299-2322 or Dickerson at 684-4225.