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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:15 pm

Linda Wolf said the Union Hills Country Club began toying with the idea of having a farmer’s market in part because she kept hearing about them elsewhere.

“We’ve been talking about doing it for a couple of years now,” she said. “I would get these fliers in the mail from other farmer’s markets, and it just seemed like something we should do.”

Wolf, who serves as chairwoman of the entertainment committee in addition to her role as secretary on the board of directors, said this time those discussions became more than musings.

“What we decided we wanted to do was begin hosting farmer’s markets when it cools down in the fall,” she said. “We’ll probably start in October and have them out in our parking lot, maybe once or twice a month. But we wanted to have a sort of trial run first just to see how it went.”

That trial effort took place Monday, with an indoor farmer’s market and lunch that attracted hundreds. With fresh produce and locally made jewelry, pottery and other goods, Wolf said she was happy with how things turned out.

“It seems like it’s really going to be a good thing for us,” she said.

Sally Alt, who lives in nearby Coyote Lakes, agreed. Alt surveyed the market and came away with a decorative wrought-iron flower even though she had no intention of buying anything.

“I only just came to look around, to see what was here, but it was really nice and I definitely enjoyed it,” she said. “The prices were great.”

The same goes for Mary E. Cole, a Sun City woman who said she loves fresh produce. For Cole, attending Monday’s farmer’s market was an easy choice to make.

“I love fresh produce, but I also came because I want to support the merchants,” she said. “Farmer’s markets are a great thing, and these merchants deserve our support for participating.”

The Union Hills Country Club is at 9860 West Lindgren Ave. in Sun City. For more information, visit

Jeff Dempsey may be reached at 623-876-2531 or

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