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DEWITT — The DeWitt Farmers Market is opening today.

Manager John Ivens said the market will operate through October, weather permitting. It will be open from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays.

Ivens expects the market to have eight to 10 vendors.

It will start with early season produce — berries, rhubarb, asparagus, salad greens — and also will sell pies, pastries and breads. Ivens also expects to have an FFA booth again this year.

There will be a tenderloin vendor — Michelle Bowers, former operator of TC’s.

There is no entertainment scheduled, although Ivens said he is discussing possible appearances with musicians from First Methodist Church in DeWitt. He also has thought about contacting high school students to do what he calls “street theater” — juggling, mime and other forms of entertainment.

While there are no dramatic changes from last year’s operation, there probably will be this summer, because Ivens is planning to leave DeWitt and move to Florida. He said he will be looking for somebody to take over management of the market.

Tom Pantera is a news editor with the DeWitt Observer.