6/23 EDITORIAL

New Bounty Market doing its part to boost downtown



A well-deserved tip of the hat needs to go out to the Dallas Area Visitors Center, the group that has coordinated and is overseeing the weekly Polk County Bounty Market outdoors on the lawn at the Polk County Courthouse.

The market is just three weeks old, but already it is doing what it was designed to do -- bring people to downtown Dallas.

What a refreshing sight it is to see on Thursday afternoons -- vehicles stopping in downtown, people shopping at the farmers market, walking the sidewalks and visiting several of the downtown businesses.

A steady flow of would-be customers have checked out the market in its first three weeks under less-than-ideal weather conditions. If Mother Nature would cooperative and give us a pleasant summerlike day, we anticipate crowds will grow even larger, as will the offerings from the assortment of vendors selling berries, salad greens, cheeses, meat and other items.

A great deal of effort has gone into promoting the market. Those efforts appear to be paying off. The Polk County Bounty Market already regularly offers the largest number of vendors at any farmers market in Polk County.

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the market, we encourage you to do so. The market is open every Thursday, except July 29, now through Aug. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m. It's worth your time.



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