SPRING HILL — For years, the open-air farmers' market every Saturday in Brooksville has offered the largest weekly gathering for folks wanting fresh, locally grown produce, homemade baked goods and organic fare.
Two Spring Hill entrepreneurs have decided to try their hand at a similar venture by setting up the Hernando County Farmers Market, which kicks off at 10 a.m. today on a patch of land behind the Walgreen's on Cortez Boulevard at Mariner Boulevard.
Jodi Parresol, who runs a natural pet food treat company called Dog Gone Healthy, said she and her partner Desiree Canora regularly ran booths at the weekly farmers' market in Brooksville. They simply decided the time was right to start an open-air market in a location more centralized to the county's population.
"We have nothing against the farmers' market in Brooksville," Parresol said. "But a lot of people in Spring Hill feel like it's a day trip going there. They'd rather stay local."
Parresol said that the for-profit venture has attracted quite a bit of response in a short time. More than 40 vendors will be hawking items such as organically grown produce, hand-made jewelry, baked goods and more.
Canora, who owns a small organic seed company, said she sees the market growing into a weekly community "new age" gathering that will attract musicians, artisans and entertainers.
"I think people on this side of the county are really ready for something that's fun and laid-back," Canora said.
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