The Land O’ Lakes Farmer’s Market took a beating from Tropical Storm Debby, but owner Ken Copeland said he will be up and running against next week.
Copeland hoped to reopen Thursday, but plans were delayed, he said. And the stormy weather this week didn’t help, either.
Feeling a bit stressed to hit the Thursday deadline caused him to pause and reflect, Copeland said. He chose to delay the opening rather than opening up shop unprepared.
Taking his time also is allowing him to implement new systems. He is working to get his produce “properly identified and priced so you know what you are paying for them,” he said. “I have been promising that for years.”
Other “little things” are in the works that he hopes will keep customers happy and returning, he said.
Copeland will begin gathering fresh local produce Tuesday and, plans to open at 9 a.m. sharp on Thursday, July 19, he said.
So if you drive by the stand at 21329 Carson Drive, Copeland asked that you toot your horn. He will be there getting ready for the grand reopening and will give you a wave.
“But I won't be able to stop and chat because I'll be working hard to get the store in tip top shape,” he said.
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