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A month in, local summer market seeing success

Published: Jul. 27, 2020 at 7:13 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Every Tuesday evening, David Street Station transforms for Wyoming Food For Thought Project’s Summer Market. Almost two dozen small businesses and hundreds of people come out to enjoy it.

“Our goals are to provide, educate and empower our community about food, and so the provide aspect of that is huge with these farmers markets,” said WFFTP program intern, Darrah Short.

It’s not only exciting for WFFTP staff but for small business owners as well. It gives them a chance to show us what they have to offer.

“You couldn’t get the business I get just straight online, there’s a personal side of the business as well,” said summer market vendor, Tracy Morgan.

“There’s not a whole lot of people that do it or even know that you can grow food here, so it’s great to be able to connect with people in that manner,” said summer market vendor, Ben Grau.

The market not only benefits local business owners, but the Natrona County community as well.

“It’s our community and most of it’s all homemade and people have an area to come to not only purchase great foods and artwork, but also to sell their stuff,” said summer market vendor, Linda Witt.

“To see my fellow neighbors here, all live in the area and make their own stuff, it’s great,” said summer market vendor, Linda Butler.

“It really does just help them get their message out there and it keeps it in the local economy, and when you do come to these farmers markets, you do spend money on your neighbor. You’re helping out all those people that are in your community,” said Short.

The market is every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. through September 1. To keep the community safe during the pandemic, vendors are required to wear masks, get their temperatures checked, sanitize between customers, limit using cash and there is a one way in and out of the market.

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