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Toledo Farmers Market

Market Report June 24th

July 8, 2011
By Dawn Troutner, Market Master
TOLEDO CHRONICLE -What a superb night for the Toledo Farmers’ Market. Not a drop of rain in site. With eleven vendors and tables full of produce, bakery, and home made items, market started with the blow of the whistle. Some of the items available were, green onions, peas, jams, jellies, broccoli, kohlrabi, cabbage, onions, gooseberries, mustard, lettuce, rhubarb, mulberries, cat nip, garlic scapes, beets, pies, bakery, eggs, and radishes. Not just any ole radish, but Jane had a stunning red radish named, Crimson Giant. Be sure to attend the Toledo Farmers’ market soon. Each week brings a new item.

As I have told you there are many new faces at the Toledo Farmers’ Market. Two cute faces you will see are Kya & Taylor Naughton from Marshalltown. These two young ladies are young entrepreneurs. There mother told me that their business, K-N-T Designs started just over three years ago. Looking for something to do during summer vacation they began doing different crafts. They started with making beaded bookmarks and earrings. The girls gave the items out as gifts for birthdays, Mothers day, and Christmas. Within 6 months their “summer project” began to grow. They were getting orders for certain colors and styles to be made for others to give as gifts.

As the months went on, their project began creating a surplus of items. The girls had the idea to turn it into an inventory and began selling the items to friends and family. More and more requests were made and K-N-T Designs was created.

On Kya’s next birthday, instead of receiving gifts, she asked that her friends give her items that could be donated to the Animal Rescue League. During her “pet party” the girls made crafts and created toys that could be donated to the League. One of those items was the cat treat toy. It was such a popular new item that they decided to begin making and selling some of those too.

Last summer the girls decided to try their hand at selling items on a regular basis at the Marshalltown Farmers’ Market. It was such a success that they ended up adding several more things to their regular inventory. Those items are hair ties, headbands, a variety of jewelry, kids “loopy goop” and their award winning cereal bars.

This year, K-N-T Designs decided to join the Toledo Farmers’ Market. These young entrepreneurs will be at the market off and on throughout the summer month’s right up to the end of October. So be sure to stop buy and see what new creations these young entrepreneurs have created. And by the way those award winning cereal bars are GREAT! See you at market.

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