The small market at 1502 East Miami Road was closed for almost two years, said the store’s new manager, Jake Steed.
Steed said he is leasing the business from Mike Anders, who opened the market about 15 years ago. Anders was ready to do something else, but his advice has been invaluable, he said.
“Mike and his sister Michelle have been very helpful with suppliers and ideas, and we’re hoping to be able to make a business of a nice hometown market,” Steed said.
An option to buy is part of his lease agreement, Steed said, and the plan is to keep the market much like the old Mike’s.
“A lot of people said it’s a lot like the old Mike’s Market, but they say it’s a lot more open since we repainted and brightened the place up,” he said.
Most of the produce is local and organic where feasible, Steed said, and a lot of former customers are coming in to check it out.
“We’ve got corn and peaches, chiles, peppers, squashes, all kinds of cucumbers, peas, beans carrots, and locally grown onions as well as Green River watermelons,” he said. “We also have a guy who’s growing some really neat specialty lettuce.”
After working for years as an engineer in Las Vegas, Steed said he and his wife decided they would rather raise their children in a smaller community when they moved here a little over two years ago.
“We were looking for a quieter lifestyle, a place where we could raise children,” he said. “A rural lifestyle seems to be a lot easier on children.”
The store has only been open for a couple of weeks, Steed said, but business has continually improved, especially since former customers are learning about the reopening.
“We’ve been busy and it’s picking up every day,” he said.
The store employs from three to five employees, depending on how busy things are, and offers many other products besides produce, but that’s the store’s main draw.
“We will try to support local markets and local growers, that’s what we’re all about,” Steed said. “We want to bring in stuff that’s local and try real hard to make sure it’s at least close to organic, all natural, that hasn’t been sprayed with pesticides and herbicides.”
The market is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, Steed said.