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Only two weeks left at Rexburg Farmers Market

The Rexburg Farmers Market, which began on May 6 and has been held every Friday since, will hold its final market day on October 7 at the Madison County Fairgrounds from 4-7 p.m.

Over 80 local vendors have appeared in this year’s weekly event. These vendors sell things like homemade artwork, locally grown vegetables, personalized apparel and home-baked goods.

Most vendor owners spend many hours a week preparing their products to sell at both the farmers market and elsewhere for their businesses.

Paul and Rochelle Kent, the owners of Grandma Twila’s Gourmet Fudge, are no exception.

Rochelle and Paul Kent, owners of Grandma Twila's Gourmet Fudge, with their fudge display.
Rochelle and Paul Kent, owners of Grandma Twila's Gourmet Fudge, with their fudge display. Photo credit: Jadree Farmer

“Pretty soon we’re going to be making 2,000 pounds,” Rochelle Kent said in reference to the fudge they plan to make for upcoming holiday events.

As the owners and sole employees of their business, Paul and Rochelle spend most days in their commercial kitchen, where they make, on average, 400 pounds of fudge each day.

“It’s definitely hard work,” Paul Kent said. “We stand, like, all day long.”

Vendor owners not only invest their time into preparing goods they plan to sell, but there is a return on investment factor that each must consider as well.

Lydia Rumsey and Jane Finlayson are BYU-Idaho students who jointly invested in a booth featuring personally created photography and fine art pieces for this year’s farmers market. This is their first year participating in the market.

Jane Finlayson (left) and Lydia Rumsey (right) pose at their booth with their artwork and photography on display.
Jane Finlayson (left) and Lydia Rumsey (right) pose at their booth with their artwork and photography on display. Photo credit: Jadree Farmer

“We definitely didn’t want to do it alone,” Rumsey, a junior studying fine art, said. “It’s new territory learning new things about running a business. The booth fee was expensive too, so we wanted to split it.”

Rumsey and Finlayson successfully earned all funds back that were spent toward their booth this year. They enjoy the opportunity to share their artwork, inspire others and gain more experience for their future careers.

“My goal is to teach,” Finlayson, a senior studying art education, said. “I really want to teach in a juvenile detention center. Those are the people that need it most and art just heals part of you.”

Like Finlayson, many business owners at the Rexburg Farmers Market enjoy sharing the story behind how their business started and their aspirations moving forward.

For more information about the Rexburg Farmers Market, its vendors and social media links, click here.

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