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Somerset farmers market hopes to inspire community, sustainability

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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.— Turn off Route 13. Slip between thick, green shoulders of brush and foliage. One team of organizers hopes it’s created a different world to discover.

Crawling up the loose-gravel drive, visitors watch a grassy field unfold toward long rows of chickenhouses. For a moment, the brown-to-burgundy structures might seem like thousands of others once abandoned on the Eastern Shore. But further investigation, past flowering gardens and gathering product stands, gives way to music and laughter flowing from one old, wooded coop.

Coops to Co-ops may be nestled beside Peggy Neck Road, but the budding Princess Anne business hopes to deliver a new experience in sustainable living, connection to nature and cultivating community.

From yoga classes and edible plant walks, to pottery workshops and a festival atmosphere, this passionate group of “wild edible enthusiasts” can sometimes have trouble putting their own vision into words. 

Near Princess Anne, Maryland, completely revamped chicken coops house "Coops to Co-ops," on June 5, 2021, cradling a growing vision in community and fostering what's natural. The outfit currently hosts a farmer's market with local vendors every Saturday, as well as its vegan and natural good shop, games for visiting kids, a kitchen and much more.

“So far, what we have is a farmers market, where we have all local vendors,” said one organizer, Amanda Elyse Grames, shaded by leafy plants surrounding her wicker chair. 

The outfit, now in its second year, began by supporting local artists and hosting vendors who create and sell their own products. Rows of tables, objects and new faces now pack both sides of the coop’s first section. 

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service

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