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Farmers market - not entirely rained out

11:41 AM, Jul. 2, 2013
Xue Phao calls these flowers she grows Sweet William. She was selling several bundles of them at a recent farmers market in Neillsville.
Xue Phao calls these flowers she grows Sweet William. She was selling several bundles of them at a recent farmers market in Neillsville.
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People wait a long time for vendors in the farmers markets to set up and sell their produce, baked pastries, honey, jam, maple syrup and flowers. But since we've had much rain and not much sun, the quality produce at cheaper prices just isn't here yet.

For the last several years, Xue Phao of Eau Claire has been a vendor at the farmers market in Neillsville. She sells cilantro, dill, spearmint and some onions, radishes and peas. And she also sells large, healthy stalks of rhubarb. "People ask me if they can freeze it," Phao said. "Some people freeze them, but my children eat it raw with salt and chili ...

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