Patsy KnottsYes, the weather is hot in southwest Georgia in mid-July. But that is not stopping a very active season at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. In bins and displays throughout the market, corn, peanuts, watermelons, cucumber, tomatoes, cantaloupes, cabbages, and more than two dozen other types of produce are offered to a steady supply of customers who brave the summer heat for locally grown food.

Stuart Perry notes, “This year is a reminder of the support for Happy Patch and Perry Wellness Center. Customers have been abundant, and each customer brings supportive and pro-active statements about our programs. We are happy to have our peers at work with the produce products.” He particularly appreciates how the market offers visibility of peers’ recovery.

In the photo, retired educator Patsy Knotts fills her shopping wagon with produce from the market. “I really do appreciate your efforts and love your variety of fresh summer vegetables,” she says.

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