by Lisa Tome
Dave and Doris McCreary are doing their part to help local farmers.
It's a family tradition.
Dave's parents, the late Beatrice and George McCreary, who owned the farm which Dave and Doris now live, once opened a mushroom operation years ago to combat falling milk prices.
The former mushroom area has now been converted into a produce market, BGs Produce, named to honor the memory of Dave's parents. Dave and Doris, with help from their daughter in law Kristin, are planning to buy produce from local farmers. The market opened last week and features local produce as well as flowers and hanging baskets.
"Mom and Dad always wanted to keep it a farm. Milk prices are bad. (Years ago) the mushrooms made up for the low milk prices," said Dave McCreary. Dave and Doris have been grain farmers. Now they've opened the market to help not only themselves but in support of the local farmers.
"Within five miles we have everything," he said. "We will be supporting the local farms. Anything grown locally, we're with them."
The farm was also once one of the only local farms which grew hydroponic tomatoes. The McCrearys also plan to reconstruct a greenhouse and resume that operation. "We're just getting started," the McCrearys said.
As part of the produce operation mushrooms will again be part of the operation. They are working first to establish the local produce market. They also plan to sell a local farmer's cheese.
The help with the market will also come from Tracie Sebold, who has vast experience dealing with produce sales. Sebold comes to BGs from Jim's Market in Nottingham, Pa. which was recently sold after being operated by Sebold's family for almost a half century.
"What we have is straight from local farms. A lot of it is Amish," said Kristin McCreary.
Kristin McCreary said Beatrice and George McCreary are never far from the minds of those currently operating the produce market. "They are the inspiration behind it. It's always been a dream," she said. She said the family has been talking about opening the market for about three years. "Once Jim's (market) was sold, this kind of ramped up. Dave and Jim are friends. They work on buying together and Jim has given us advice," she said.
She said customer wants will be a huge emphasis at the business. "We want to get to know our customers. Everything will be locally grown and this is a close-knit community. If we don't have what customers want, we will get it and keep it affordable while supporting local Ag," she said.
BGs is located on Chandlee Road, Rising Sun, sight distance from Route 273 near Plumpton Park Zoo.
The hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. On Fridays and Saturdays the market will also sell freshly baked pies and apple dumplings made locally by Velma's. An Amish family is also offering up chicken barbecue, pork, and wings those two days.
The business accepts cash, local checks, and credit cards. Weekly specials will be advertised on the BGs Produce facebook page.
The market will be open seasonally. There will be special events at Halloween and possibly, Christmas.