She had the idea after local residents came by seeking garden fresh produce without having to overbuy.
“My thought process for that raised bed is for the elderly,” said Dews. “I have ladies who come in who don’t want a whole lot.”
Dews noted that many of these visitors do not want to purchase by the pound. They would ask if they could buy something like one tomato or a few of another vegetable. With this bed now in place, they can come buy and get what they need right off the plant.
“Some of these ladies can’t eat a whole pound of something without it going to waste,” said Dews.
“There’s fresh lettuce, there’s one or two squash if they need that. I thought if I could grow some things they could go and pick it fresh off the vine.”
The market is located along South Walnut Street and is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.