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By Robert Connors
Associate Editor 

Downtown Farmer's Market Outgrows The MarketPlace

Held Downtown on Second and Fourth Saturdays

 

Last updated 4/14/2019 at 10:11am

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"Facilitator" Lynn Greenfield (center) has led the Downtown Farmer's Market to dramatic growth

The twice-a-month Lake Wales Downtown Farmers' Market has been on a tremendous growth curve for the last year, and a recent Saturday morning found nearly 50 vendors offering a great variety of products to throngs of customers.

Fresh food ranging from baked goods, fried cheese, "cotton candy cupcakes," guava pastries, and doughnuts to empanadas, Thai spring rolls, and hot dogs were popular. Those were accompanied by teas and coffees, including the iced variety as well as Cuban-style café con leche.

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Making new friends and meeting old ones is a common experience at the Downtown Farmer's Market

Fresh and organic produce, organic eggs, herbs, spices, and oils sat side-by-side with colorful booths filled with art, jewelry, candles, and novelty signs. Honey, bath and body products, and live plants were also available, including fruit trees.

"It's the biggest little farmer's market in Polk County," facilitator Lynn Greenfield said of the event. Under Greenfield's supervision and promotion, the event has expanded over the last two years, and draws ever-larger numbers of shoppers who mark their calendars for the event. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. two Saturdays each month, and draws vendors and customers from throughout the region.

The area covered with booths, and filled with shoppers, has now swelled out of the confines of the appropriately-named MarketPlace plaza to include a portion of Market Street south of Stuart Avenue. The event is sponsored by Lake Wales MainStreet, and is held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, throughout the year.

Author Bio

Robert Connors,

Robert Connors has extensive experience as a news journalist and editorialist. He has authored three books, both fiction and non-fiction, including the recently-published "Encounter at Cloud Ranch," and anticipates the publication of "Booker's Box: The Story of Florida" in the near future.
His public service includes terms as Polk County Commissioner, president of the Lake Wales Association of Realtors, president of the Lakes Education/Action Drive, chairman of the Lake Wales Museum Association, inc., and president of Lake Wales Heritage, inc.

 

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