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By Max Erikson

Farmers Market honors volunteer


October 11, 2017

Max Erikson

Goldendale Farmers Market Manager Greg Wallwork, left, presented a special award to volunteer R.J. Reynolds.

The Farmers Market closed its season on Oct. 7 with a small group of vendors who braved the windy weather for one last chance to sell their products until next spring.

The effort and commitment it takes to put on the Market takes hard work and dedicated people, and on the last day, one volunteer was honored for his service and efforts to the Farmer's Market.

12-year-old R.J. Reynolds has been a dedicated volunteer to the Market for the entire 2017 season and for his service his was given a $250 scholarship and a free IPad.

"It was a really good experience," Reynolds says. "It was awesome to do this the whole summer...I think it would be good for any kid."

Market Manager Greg Wallwork appreciates all of Reynolds' hard work.

"He did some of the more difficult things that some of us couldn't do," Wallwork says. "He would be helping out everyone he could with being asked to do so."

Reynolds was responsible for setting up and taking down the Market each week, and the seventh grader is a member of the Future Farmers of America. He also works with Holbrook ranch raising and delivering lambs.

"It taught me responsibility and I plan to use my scholarship money towards college," Reynolds says.

Wallwork says the Farmers Market was a big success this year, with sales up 20 percent from 2016.

"I was very impressed with the vendors this year," Wallwork says. "It was quiet for our last day but it is the end of the season."

Next up for the Market vendors is the Christmas Bazaar in December.


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