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Kind Earth market to arrive in Ottsville



John Mark Courtney launched Kind Earth Growers in the spring. The market will open on Saturday at the Parkside Greenhouse in Ottsville.

Kind Earth Growers, a wholesale and seasonal retail grower of native plants, will open their market at the Parkside Greenhouse, 2503 Mountain View Drive, Ottsville, for a grand opening on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 6 p.m.

The market is a collaboration of local artisans and farmers brought together under one roof. The indoor/outdoor event is free and open to the community. Organizers invite all to join them for live music and refreshments as they celebrate local handmade art, horticulture and farming.

Kind Earth Growers was started in the spring by John Mark Courtney. The idea grew from a lifelong passion for the natural environment and 19 years’ experience as the greenhouse manager at Aquascapes Unlimited in Pipersville. Kind Earth Growers specializes in local Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic native flora with an emphasis on pollinator gardens and habitat enhancement.

The Parkside Market is a collaborative effort with the following: Snyder sculpture designs, small works from the garden of the Cedar Maze; Barefoot Botanicals, certified organic grower and distiller of hand harvested and processed herbs; Plowshares Farms, a first-generation farm raising chemical free produce and grass-fed lamb in Pipersville; Peace Tree Farms, a certified organic greenhouse specializing in plants of the world; Kaya Tinsman, Little Gypsy Bones, a jeweler, illustrator and painter whose work is inspired by the cycles of life, death, seasons and the moon, as well as the flora and fauna of Pennsylvania; Burlee Original, locally crafted wood furniture and custom wood paneling; Jess Lobko, Positive Waves, handmade natural gem wire trees; Wheel Thrown Potters, Bob Jones and Alane Dooley, with 12-plus years at Tyler Park Center for the Arts; Gemini Clayware, Claire Elaine, with functional and whimsical ceramic designs; and Laura McClanahan, with abstract paintings created by a poured process in an outdoor studio creating flow patterns that are dried in the sunlight.

The market will be open Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the holiday season.

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