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In 2002, the Montgomery Friends of Open Space (MFOS) formed. Focused on preserving local land and running a weekly farmers’ market, the nonprofit allvolunteer organization has helped bring thriving Montgomery businesses together, while creating a homegrown community hotspot. “There’s a thriving, healthy farmers’ market in New Jersey,� said Lorette Pruden, farm market manager of MFOS. “It’s grown by leaps and bounds.� Pruden has been a part of MFOS for years, and has worked hard to maintain a high standard of quality. “We are very particular that the farmers that come to our market grow what they sell, and that is not always true of so-called farmers’ markets. Most people don’t know that.� In the past several years, the farmers’ 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 farmers’ market local is



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