Farmers market profiles: Bobbie Lou’s Biscuit Company and Harold Gene Fleetwood and Mike Pyle

The Seymour Area Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Walnut Street Parking Lot located south of the railroad tracks near the Jackson County Public Library in Seymour. The market also is open from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

Here’s a look at two of the vendors and their products.

Bobbie Lou’s Biscuit Company

Kevin and Sheryl Burke

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Four-year vendor at the Seymour Area Farmers Market

What items do you sell at the farmers market?

Bobbie Lou’s Biscuit Company sells homemade all-natural dog treats and biscuits in a variety of flavors with no preservatives or fillers. All of our ingredients are fresh, many are organic and all have been proven to be a healthy addition to a dog’s diet.

Where is your business located?

Our home-based business is located in Seymour in the Rockford area, and we have been supplying treats for local (and national) dogs for five years.

How long have you been making dog treats, and do you do it on a full-time basis or is it a hobby or side business for you?

What started as a hobby and a way to provide healthy treats for our own dogs quickly escalated into an almost full-time endeavor. Our customers appreciate being able to supply their dogs with tasty treats that are actually good for them.

What about the market makes it beneficial to your business?

The Seymour Area Farmers Market is the perfect place for us to promote and share our dog treats with other pet owners. After participating in the market for four years now, we have built an impressive base of regular customers, many of whom buy treats from us all year long.

What do you enjoy most about selling your goods locally?

Many of our customers have become good friends, sharing dog stories and photos with us in person and online, and we love that. The market has been a huge factor in the ongoing growth of our business, and it allows us to reach new customers every week.

Why do you think folks should shop the market?

We are pleased to be a part of our farmers market family and helping to provide a healthy alternative shopping experience to our community. Our market offers a huge variety of local produce and many other handmade and home-produced wares at very reasonable prices in a fun and family-oriented atmosphere. I would encourage everyone in our community to visit the market, support our local vendors and know that you are buying the best and freshest items available.

Harold Gene Fleetwood and Mike Pyle

Number of years you have sold at the Seymour Area Farmers Market: Too many to count

What items do you sell at the farmers market?

Gene sells fresh produce, including potatoes, tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, cucumbers, peppers and nuts, which are harvested and produced by his brother-in-law, Mike.

At what location do you grow your produce?

Gene’s garden is located in the Madden Hill area.

How long have you been growing the items you sell at market?

Gene started gardening to help his mother when he was just a young boy. He didn’t really like it back then but has been doing it ever since and has come to really enjoy it.

Do you grow full time or is this a side business or hobby for you?

This is a hobby for Gene. Gene works for JayC and has been with the Kroger company for 68 years.

What made you want to start your own garden?

Gene uses gardening and selling at the market to pass the time since the passing of his late wife. He says it helps him stay busy.

Why do you think folks should shop the market?

Gene says veggies are the best thing you can eat, and those sold at the market are not trucked in from California or elsewhere. The produce you can buy at the market has been ripened on the vine and has been grown locally.