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'The Farmer and the Flea' to begin in March

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Brazil residents Tony and Lee Lewis are planning an ongoing community event that combines the makings of a farmer's market with a flea market.

"The Farmer and the Flea" will take place the second and fourth Saturday of every month year round, beginning Saturday, March 10. The Davis Building, 115 W. National Ave., Brazil, will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., but may open earlier in the summertime.

Lee said her and her husband got the idea for "The Farmer and the Flea" after attending a flea market for Clabber Girl.

"We thought it was awesome," she said. "We also had a flea market in the building for the Covered Bridge Festival. I think a farmer's market is a great thing for a community."

Lee said she hopes to have musicians and artists, as well as people who make or grow things themselves, get involved in the market.

"It's something unique that will be good for the community, the building and downtown," she said. "It supports buying locally, which is extremely important."

When the Lewis' had the market during the Covered Bridge Festival, Lee said it helped develop community.

"Most of the vendors had never met each other, but after spending those 10 days together, we formed awesome friendships," Lee said.

Currently, Lee said there would be vendors selling antiques, produce, Tupperware, Scentsy warmers and waxes and Thirty-One gifts.

Vendor spaces are available at $10 for a 10-by-10 space.

"We have a bunch of spaces left," Lee said. "We can expand to the basement and bank and even the sidewalk if the weather is good. We don't have a limit (on how many vendors can come)."

Anyone interested in being a vendor during the market can contact Tony at 812-240-3572 or Lee at 812-870-0949.

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