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A group of home business owners and farmers' market vendors met at Fourth and Main Exchange in downtown Delta on Friday, Nov. 20, to discuss the possibility of a business incubator or inside winter farmers' market. Also considered was an artist coop in the upstairs of the historic Hillman Building above the exchange.

Special guest was Delta County Economic Development director Trish Thibodo. She shared her experience as director of an art organization in Denver for at-risk youth.

Included in the discussion were several scientists who create healing tinctures as well as the grower of hardneck garlic. Two were wood carvers, including one who sells turkey calls to a national market. The discussion included everything from the performance of vintage instruments such as accordions, where there is growing interest, to an increasing market for items for seniors. Thibodo affirmed that studies show this as a viable market in the Delta area.

Jo-an Barnett, organizer of the meeting, discussed her background in working with farmers' markets in three states as well as with arts and retail development projects. She shared her experiences visiting indoor markets.

It was agreed to continue meeting socially until a project or organization evolves.

In the meantime, Sherry Christie, owner of Fourth and Main Exchange, is offering small space for food vendors holding a cottage food license. The opportunity will be on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information contact her at 874-3270 or 874-3227.

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