UPDATED: Thursday, Aug. 13

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Local farmers market vendors have banded together yet again to better their community, this time in the form of a canned food drive.

Individually Title Town Farmers Market vendors held drawings about two weeks ago, as a thank you to those who support the local market by visiting their tables. For those vendors who wanted to be involved, they put together a gift and held a raffle for items at each table. This weekend, they decided to group together to help a larger cause, The Ministry Center.

“We’re going to raise a little bit of money and hopefully get some canned food,” said Autumn Quimby, market cofounder.

For anyone who donates five cans of food or five dollars, they will get an entry into a drawing for a larger prize.

“Collectively we are gathering up a gift basket to donate to that,” Quimby said.

Some examples of the items in the basket include: a gift certificate to be spent at Quimby’s Made by Autumn booth, a dozen homemade macarons from Sylvia Chloupek and a homemade bird feeder from Jason Finney with Toad Hollar Homestead.

Finney, who recently moved to Burlington Junction, presented the idea to the vendors as a way of helping his new community.

“I was very active in my community before,” he told The Forum by phone on Tuesday. “I thought this would be a great opportunity to help out the new community that I’m in.”

To take part in the raffle, bring canned food to the market on Saturday, Aug. 15.

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