We will survive. Market tomorrow.

Friday, May 3, 2013

As I  am sure you have all heard, the River City Farmer's Market endured a terrible loss Monday, April 29th. The "Market" building, along with all the contents, was completely destroyed by fire. The loss of the building was great, but  the loss of the contents was greater. Produce members had tables and displays stored in the building.  The crafters, however, had ALL of their merchandise there.  They lost not only their product, but their displays as well.  Many of the items lost were "one of a kind" and not easily replaced, some not at all.  As mentioned in previous articles the items available were quality award winning crafts, lovingly handmade by the members. Hearts and souls went into each and every item, be it made from wood, fabric, wax, metal, gourds, or whatever the medium. 

For all things that we have lost, we are THANKFUL for the things that we did not lose.  No one was injured, the things lost were things. The best things in life are free and not really things.   We had lots of free things at this Market, and we still do.  We have Friends and Family and that is what this market is all about.  And in most cases, Friends and Family are the same because we have all become family, people who care greatly for one another. These things can not be taken from us......

Yes, the things lost were important to us all, but the loss of income is more important to some than others as it was a way to supplement their income and to better their lives financially. We all benefit from this market mentally and spiritually and will continue to do so.

WE WILL SURVIVE........ this market will continue.....the crafters may not have a big inventory, but we have spirit.  We will be there with whatever we can produce as we produce it.

The produce members are just now going at full force.  The flowers are beautiful and ready to perk up your yard.  The  garden plants are healthy and ready to grow in your garden. The meat, egg, cheese members and the bakers are all going on as well.

The CUSTOMER APPRECIATION BREAKFAST on May11th is STILL ON.  We will begin serving at 9:00 am and go as long as food lasts.  You can't keep us down. We will continue to be at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 922 Front St., Marietta  either under the Grandstand or under the skating rink depending on the weather.

After many of our loyal customers and the caring people from this community had inquired about financially helping this market, a Relief fund was set up.  Any donation can be made to the River City Farmer's Market Relief Fund, c/o Advantage Bank, 226 3rd St., Marietta, OH  45750.

Thank you all for your prayers, loving thoughts, and your continued support. We continue to be open EVERY SATURDAY, YEAR ROUND from 8:00 to 1:00.

Check us out on Facebook at River City Farmers Market, or at www.rivercityfarmersmarket.org or www.rivercityfarmersmarket.blogspot.com,

Questions? Please call President, Gary Smith at 740-984-2840 or Vice President,
Debbie Cunningham at 740-373-0921.


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