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In 2002, the Montgomery Friends of Open Space (MFOS) formed. Focused on preserving local land and running a weekly farmersâ€™ market, the nonprofit allvolunteer organization has helped bring thriving Montgomery businesses together, while creating a homegrown community hotspot. â€œThereâ€™s a thriving, healthy farmersâ€™ market in New Jersey,â€? said Lorette Pruden, farm market manager of MFOS. â€œItâ€™s grown by leaps and bounds.â€? Pruden has been a part of MFOS for years, and has worked hard to maintain a high standard of quality. â€œWe are very particular that the farmers that come to our market grow what they sell, and that is not always true of so-called farmersâ€™ markets. Most people donâ€™t know that.â€? In the past several years, the farmersâ€™ markets have expanded to include multiple kinds of local businesses and products, including meat, dairy, fish, and more: the Stockton-based WoodsEdge Wool Farm brings both sheep and alpaca wool products for sale, for example. To Pruden, keeping the farmersâ€™ market local is
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