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Farmers market busy

A seed and plant swap and turkey shoot will be held at the Chester Farmer’s Market.

A seed and plant swap will be held 8-11 a.m. today at the market, and is open to everyone at no cost, said organizer Lynnette Mikesell.

“We’re hoping that people will bring various seeds, maybe some heirloom seeds, or share some plants to grow everyone’s plant collection,” Mikesell said.

When asked what she would expect at the swap, Mikesell said she would be looking for something she could plant right away.

“That’s what excites me is someone bringing something that I hadn’t thought about that I could enjoy in the fall,” Mikesell said.

She added that items for any time of year would be welcome.

Seeds and plant specimens should be labeled with the common name, Latin name, color, growing tips and number of seeds in the packet, Mikesell said.

This is the first time market organizers have held the swap, and Mikesell is encouraging area garden club members to attend and share their knowledge and expectations, she said.

“Hopefully we’ll gain experience this time so that others will want to participate in the future,” Mikesell said.

She plans to hold the swap again in the spring if today’s event goes well, she said.

A Turkey Shoot fundraiser to benefit the Chester Farmers’ Market Pavilion Build Fund will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, Mikesell said.

Targets will be set up in the field adjacent to the market. Shooters need to bring their own shotguns, but ammunition will be provided, Mikesell said. Shots will cost $2 each.

Cargill has donated 20 frozen turkeys for prizes, to be given away to the top shooters, Mikesell said. A BB shoot will be set up for kids, and there also will be concession stands, she said.

Chester is able to hold events such as these at its market because of the rural location, Mikesell said. She calls it a “country style” farmer’s market.

“We just like to try new things at our little market that others can’t because they’re in the city,” she said.

To get to the Chester Farmers Market and Poultry Swap, which begins at 8 a.m., take Exit 34 off Interstate 540, turn right and proceed in to town. For more information call Mikesell at (858) 361-3430.

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