By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Preston and area residents and tourists can find locally grown produce almost in the center of town at a small farmer’s market stand that sells vegetables and fruits on the honor system.
Carrots, corn, beets, cucumbers, beans, onions, Anaheim peppers, green peppers yellow squash, tomatoes, Swiss chard and beets, among others, can now be found at the stand operated by Marsha and Dick Johnson.
It is open seven days a week from daylight until dusk at 21 S. 100 E., although the owners are infrequently there. They display the fruits of their labors under a small, open-air canopy on several tables.
Prices are clearly marked on each section of foodstuffs and the duo rely on the honesty of customers to pay for what they take.
“I’m not at the stand all the time. I’m at the farm, tending to the garden. I’m weeding, watering and harvesting produce. I saw an ‘honor system’ work at another farmer’s market and loved it. So we thought we’d give it (honor system) at try here,” said Marsha.
She said so far it has worked out well. Patrons pay by cash or check and deposit the funds in a locked pay box.
“People have left comments and thank us for trusting them. You may not be able to do this everywhere, but you can do it here,” she said.
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