Tuesday, October 25, 2011


This Saturday closes the season for the Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market. The market, located at 4th and Broadway, has been open every Saturday from 9:00 am-1:00 pm since June. On October 29, the market will conclude with a special celebration for long time vendor and market staple, Francis Byers, who turns 90 years old this December.

Mr. Byers has been vending at the downtown market since it opened in 1998 at O’Brien’s Mill. He has stayed with the market through several location changes to its current site at the Courthouse. Before coming to downtown, Francis began his market career of selling his 1st place produce at the Richmond, IN market. A long time affair with the soil, Francis has been gardening since he was 18 years old. Making a career out of his passion, he has competed at the state and county fair with grain, fruit and vegetables. In fact, this year marked 72 consecutive years at the Darke County Fair!
Today, Francis tends to two acres of garden, 120 apple trees, and numerous cherry and peach trees.

The Downtown Greenville Farmers’ Market family invites friends, family and market goers to join them in celebrating Francis’s milestone at 12:00 pm on Saturday, October 29 at the Courthouse. The market family is planning cake, card signing and well wishes for Francis.

Questions about this event can be directed to Amber Schmerge at Main Street Greenville at 937-548-4998.

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