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Crossroads opens farmers market

Danielle Gilmour, with son Jack, buys some sweet onions from Ying Thao at the July 10 debut of the Crossroads Church Farmers Market. William Loeffler / RiverTown Multimedia

COTTAGE GROVE — A new farmers market debuted July 10 at Crossroads Church in Cottage Grove.

The market runs 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays in the church parking lot near the intersection of 80th Street and Jamaica Avenue.

"We've been talking about it for a long time," church member and volunteer Heidi Lovro said. "We thought, 'What better way to get people together in the summer and in the fall, and have the farmers make some money?'"

Only two vendors were present at the opening, but Lovro said they'll add more in the coming weeks. She said they've contacted some food truck operators about coming on-site.

The Tuesday market isn't intended to compete with the long-running Thursday farmers market at Cottage Grove United Church of Christ in Old Cottage Grove. The manager of that market, Kim Heilmann, even gave Crossroads staff advice on setting up their operation.

"She's been a great resource," Lovro said.

The Cottage Grove United Church of Christ Farmers Market runs 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays on Lamar Avenue and 70th Street in Old Cottage Grove. Organizers have added a children's storytime and a food truck to their weekly lineup of local honey, herbs and produce vendors.

"I'm excited that they opened a market," Heilmann said. "I wish them well."

William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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