“It all started with Tim thinking we needed more community events and to keep shopping local,” said Jana Ring. “Tim did a poll online and asked what people wanted to see come to Marengo. A farmers market won – this was by the people’s choice and suggestions, not a choice from a set list of options. We have already started committees to plan future events but we are concentrating on the Farmers Market right now because it only runs until September 30.

“The Market is every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. June through September 30. All the local businesses have been amazing at donating and helping. Joe’s Place sponsors the Market and donates pizza and pizza warmers. The pizza proceeds are donated right back to the Farmers Market. Carrie of The Wild Hare donated staff shirts.

“City Hall and the aldermen have been amazing at helping us. Many have been out every week, sometimes just to hang out and eat. We also had community members donate extra picnic tables for Spencer Park.”

“A group of us put it together because there was a need in Marengo for renewed hope and optimism,” said Tim Ring. “We want to revitalize and rejuvenate the downtown area. We are selling 50/50 tickets at a booth at the Farmers Market and the proceeds will be allocated to the downtown area. We would like to bring back flower baskets in wrought iron holders to make the area more appealing. The downtown area used to have them and we would like to see them again.

“The Farmers Market is in its first year. We got a late start and some people were already committed elsewhere but we still have had a good, strong start this year. Some vendors were hesitant because Marengo doesn’t support them but we have quite a list for next year. As long as we can keep people excited and interested, this will only get better and better.

“There is so much potential if we can get people to work together. People with completely different views are now working together with us to harness the power of the people and make changes.”

The Marengo Farmers Market is being held in Calvin Spencer Park, 351 Hale St. across the street from Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

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