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The University of Washington Student Newspaper Thursday, October 26, 1995

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UW Briefs Compiled by Philip Jason Ocampo Daily Staff

Harvest season to end at U-District marketThe University Farmer's Market at the University Heights Center will close for the season on Saturday. Now in its third year of operation, the market has been a success for both the farmers and the shoppers involved.The market sells fresh produce from local farmers who set up booths. Shoppers find a vast array of apples, lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, corn, peppers, pumpkins, pears, greens and other types of fruits and vegetables as well as specialty items such as goat cheese, eggs, breads, flowers and garlic.For the last Saturday an old-fashioned cider press will be set up for a cider-making party, sponsored by Woodring Orchards, and classical violinist Matt Cowen will provide music."It's grown considerably," said Chris Curtis, coordinator of the Farmer's Market, who is pleased with the turnout of both farmers and shoppers. She attributes the market's success to the fact that the Pike Place Market has too many tourists and it is not easily accessible.Curtis first started the market with help from the University Chamber of Commerce and local businesses."I went knocking on doors and they wrote me little checks," she said.Both the University Heights Center and the Chamber of Commerce are active supporters of the market. Curtis said the market is operating at capacity with a customer turnout of 2,500 to 3,000 on any given day and with about 45 farmers vending.The market will resume operation in the spring, and is located on the corner of Northeast 50th Street and University Way; hours for Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking tokens are available for lots throughout the U-District.- Kerri DeVault

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