CRAB ORCHARD - This winter, as gardeners sipped hot chocolate and entertained green dreams of growing things, members of the Amish community cultivated a new produce auction pavilion for the fruits, and vegetables, of their labors.
The Lincoln County Produce Auction is almost ripe for it's April 13 opening day. With Tuesday's delivery of rich black asphalt for the parking lot, the new pavilion is ready to flourish.
"We hope to provide an additional income and market for Lincoln County farmers," said the general manager of the auction. Using his team of draft horses, friendly Belgians in leather traces, he and more than 30 fellow shareholders broke ground in November for the pavilion and attached offices.
The wholesale market is located outside Crab Orchard on KY 39, but the auction will be open to the public and attendees will hail from a 50-mile radius, said sales manager Jerry Shelton. Their pallets and crates of the season's best will be lined up, auctioned off and moved out within a two-hour window on each sale day. Local restaurants and groceries are included on the prospective buyers list.