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Coalville may host farmers market

Patrick Parkinson, Of the Record staff

A farmers market may set up shop this summer in Coalville.

"We’ve talked about it in the past and we’re trying to get something going," Coalville resident Karen Brostrom said.

The market could include vendors with fresh produce, flowers and crafts.

"This has just been one of those dreams of mine," Brostrom said.

Summit County officials have approached organizers of the Park Silly Sunday Market for advice about whether a viable summer market could operate at the fairgrounds in Coalville.

"It would be a great asset to the community and I think it would be strong," Park Silly Sunday Market co-founder Kimberly Kuehn said in a telephone interview.

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Kuehn runs the weekly Main Street bazaar in the summer and fall. Providing new ways for farmers, craftsmen and artists to market their wares "is a good thing," she said.

"We want to create these opportunities for people to survive. Why wouldn’t the county right now say, ‘Hey, this is another opportunity for us?’" she said. "The more that you create these opportunities the better off the whole economy in the area is going to be."

Assistant Summit County Manager Anita Lewis said she hopes to kick off the new farmers market at the county fair in August.

"From that concept it could go to maybe something we could take and do weekly in Coalville," Lewis explained. "The goal is to introduce it and see how it works."

She said she expects to meet with organizers of the Silly Market in March.

"Hopefully I can learn from them what to do, how to set it up and make it happen. We have an ideal location to do something like this," Lewis said. "I’m aware of people who make local products in the Coalville area who I think would be interested in participating."