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St. Paul’s shares food at farmers markets

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

The first of four monthly farmers markets will be held at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, 900 Normal Road on June 28.

The market will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature fresh produce on a pay-at-what-you-want basis.

“We are not in this to make money,” the Rev. Stacy Walker-Frontjes, rector of St. Paul’s, said in a news release. “We are in this to share food.”

The church is located in an area lacking fresh food retail outlets. Thrive is an outreach-church development group that has been seeking ways to make a difference in community life. The garden project was launched this year.

Christina Krueger, Thrive market and garden team leader, said the church has partnered with DeKalb County Community Gardens in organizing the market.  

She said there will be fresh produce for sale. Residents will pay what they want for the produce and any profits from this sale will be turned over to the DeKalb County Community Gardens organization.

In addition to fresh produce, the plans are to have a lunch provided by Feed‘em Soup, music and a children’s craft. Representatives from the DeKalb Public Library also plan to be there to help youngsters and their parents get library cards.

Members of St. Paul’s planted a community garden on the church grounds. Krueger invited other individuals and organizations who have gardens and surplus food also to contribute. Anyone who has produce from a backyard or community garden can donate, provided the produce has been picked within 24 hours of the market day.

Other market days are July 26, Aug. 23 and Sept. 27.

For more information, visit www.thrivemarket.org or call 815-756-4888.

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