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Sarah Watts

4-H’ers set up shop at County Fair

Ellen Cook
Leader Editor

As any gardener will tell you, growing a great patch of vegetables or fruit takes a lot of time and TLC. The reward at the end of the growing season is simply a plot full of ripe, luscious produce ready to eat or preserve. That is unless you are a 4-H member participating in the third annual 4-H Farmers Market at this year’s Box Elder County Fair, set for Friday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. outside the crop barn.
Rhonda Pace, fair director over crops, initiated the farmer’s rket ket concept two years ago as a way for 4-H’ers, ages 8 to 18, to display and sell their gardening surplus to fair goers. “Farmer’s markets have become so popular, especially around the state of Utah that I thought it would be a good fit for the fair and a way for the youth to make a little profit from their efforts,” Pace said. “You can only can so many tomatoes,” she added, “This gives youngsters an opportunity to market their gardening projects and get some practice being a business person.”
Pace said she is looking forward to this “from the farmer straight to you” market only getting bigger and better. “It is great to have the kids get satisfaction from their hard work, but giving them a chance to put a value on that effort is equally rewarding.”
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