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Early birds rush to market

By Staff | Aug 8, 2014

Five o’clock is more like 4:30 for busy workers in the area, who know a late start to the Rugby Farmers Market on Wednesday afternoon means possibly missing out.

Farmers and hobby harvesters met for the fourth week Wednesday and they hit the northeast corner of U.S. 2 and N.D. 3 again about 8 a.m. today for the regular Saturday market.

There is a little bit for everybody each week with an assortment not limited to greens, potatoes, onions, beats, berries and baked goods for the sweet-tooth kind.

“A lot of older people don’t have gardens and they like this fresh stuff,” said Elaine Selensky, of Rugby, who sets up a stand with her husband Ed. “It’s fresher than the store, I can tell you that, so they flock here to get it. It’s a lot of work.”

Sandy Brossart, who live north of Rugby, near Barton, helps organize the market with Vernice Brossart (no relation). For five years, Sandy has sold produce and baked goods. She was especially proud of her peach and apple pies, but health codes prevents the market sales of items that require refrigeration. She hopes her scotcheroos catch on.

“I absolutely love gardening,” Sandy said. “I had two bouts of cancer and I realized how important fruits and vegetables are for you and it’s better when you grow them and know what’s on them.”

If you’re reading this early, it might not be too late to swing by this morning and reap the rewards of the freshest food in town.

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