Parks and Recreation

Farmers Market

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Like many of the local vendors at the State Street Farmers Market, Janet Blevins is an original vendor, having been involved with the downtown market since its inception in 1999. She started her business by selling quilts, sourdough bread and canned vegetables. "That's what people wanted back then," Blevins said. "Today, people want fresh food fast so I built a separate kitchen in my home and got a manufacturing license. That allows me to sell my chicken salad and frozen casseroles here." And this year, Blevins said she had a lot of people ask her to start making gluten-free products. "And so far, so good," she said. "There are so many people with gluten allergies that my chocolate chip cookies, brownies and caramel cake have sold really well." Bristol resident Tamera Alexander said she started growing blueberries, strawberries and blackberries around her house four years ago and grew more than her family could eat. Although she had never been to a farmers market, she thought she could make (continued on next page) The following article was published in the Bristol Herald Courier in May 2015:

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