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Pen Park Market Closes for the Season

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Tuesday marks the end of the market season at Pen Park.  It was a chance for people to get one last taste of fresh produce. But managers say the road from spring until now hasn't been an easy one.

While market managers are pleased at this year's turnout, they say the economy has affected business.

Market master Lucy Lamm says she hasn't had a chance to look at the books as far as finances go, but has noticed a decrease in vendors. She says they started with about 22 vendors in the spring. That number dropped to about ten at the close of the season. She believes the economy and weather both affected business.

"With it being so hot in the summer, all of our produce vendors, their stuff came in early and now it's gone. We had vendors who had to pull out because the produce is gone early so we had to fill with arts and crafts or whatever vendors we can get," said Lamm.

The other challenge the market had to deal with was visibility. A lot of people didn't know there was a market in Pen Park despite the signs out front. One reason could be more people taking the expressway bypassing this stretch of Rio Road.

But given the circumstances of the economy and visibility managers are pleased with the market's performance.

The market at Meade Park will have its final day Wednesday.

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