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Letcher County Farmer's Market celebrates grand opening

WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Organizers at the grand opening of the Letcher County Farmer's Market in Whitesburg say this market will benefit the community more than ones in recent history.

Officials say there have been five other attempts at farmer's markets in Whitesburg in recent history.

"There was a lack of producers. There has been a tendency in the folks here to if you've got extra to give it away to family or friends," said Shad Baker, the Letcher County Extension Agent

But this one is different. Agriculture officials say more producers, planning and promotion have made this year's farmer's market the most beneficial to the community. Some folks in Letcher County say they are grateful for that.

"It means a whole lot to me because I can't grow it because I don't have a garden. I don't have a place to plant one and I like fresh produce," said Donald Brown, who lives in Letcher County.

Organizers say the down economy has turned many folks to agriculture to make a living. They say this allows this farmer's market to set itself a part from the previous attempts.

One man who was an oil field worker, David Fisher, says the plant he was working at was shut down in 2012. He says he then began farming, and he is now selling produce at his first farmer's market.

"A lot of the things I did in the oil field, it had an impact. But I never got to see it. I never saw any direct correlation with what I was doing with how it affected my neighbors or the community. But with this, however, I see the direct effect," Fisher said.

An effect that agriculture officials say is a healthier community; physically and economically.

Organizers say the Letcher County Farmer's Market will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. next to the Letcher County Veterans Museum every Saturday until some time in October.

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