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Several families have taken advantage of free garden space and are beginning to harvest produce now.
Barry Brown, a local businessman, offered the free garden plots on his Fourth Street property in the spring. At least five people have planted, weeded and have begun harvesting many types of vegetables.
Barbara Denning and her son, Steven, share a plot with Debbie Younce and her son, Terry. The Dennings weeded tomato plants on Thursday and hoped to take some green tomatoes home for frying.
Denning and Younce are growing corn, squash, beans, cabbage, brussels sprouts and broccoli, in addition to their tomato plants.
“This is the first garden we have ever done,” Denning said. “We’ve been pretty satisfied so far.”
Denning said the economy played a part in their decision to plant the garden.
“But nothing beats the taste of fresh produce,” she said.
Many things can be learned in a garden, Denning added.
“Weeds grow faster than anything else,” she said.