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New to the State Street market this year is Brant Bullock, owner of King Family Farms. Bullock and his family breed turkeys, hogs and beef. "We want to feed the local community," Bullock said. "We do community support agriculture, where we sell 10- and 15-pound boxes of meat online at thekingfamilyfarm.com. People order it and pick up their order at the farmers market. It's working out great." Last week was the end of the season to set turkey eggs to hatch and sell for Thanksgiving so he decided to try and sell the eggs at the market. "The turkeys keep laying, which gives us an over abundance of eggs," Bullock said. "We decided to get an egg license and sell them at the farmers market this year." Customers who receive government food assistance, called SNAP, can use their EBT cards at the market. Participants can scan their card and receive wooden tokens of either $1 or $2 in value and use them with participating vendors. The State Street market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, May through October, and on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m., July through September. some extra money selling jams and jellies from the berries she was harvesting, so she filled out an application and set up shop. Not only did her income increase, Alexander said she made new friends. Two years ago, she started making jewelry in the off- season and added necklaces, bracelets and earrings to her inventory. "There's a little bit of everything at the farmers market," she said. "I was surprised to see the variety of things that people sell here. It's agreat way to get involved with the community and make money."

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