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West Friendship: Combine family, vegetables and tradition and you get Jenny's Market

Amidst all the chaos of recent weeks, one calming element was the bucolic setting of Jenny's Market in West Friendship.

Never skipping a beat, even amidst power outages and ravaging high winds, Jenny's remained a solace for more than a few residents seeking fresh food.

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The produce at Jenny's this year is outstanding. Beautifully arranged fruits, vegetables, flowers, honey, home-canned relishes and pickles and the busiest farm family in town.

Any weekend finds the Heigh family scurrying to fill orders of fresh blueberries, watermelon, zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, corn and cucumbers. Locals make several stops each week while newcomers off the highway are beckoned and persuaded by the whimsical "come on " signs posted along Route 32.

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Jenny's Market is named for Linda and Michael Heigh Sr.'s second daughter Jenny. The market is strictly a family affair, run with precision by the Heighs, their children and by Linda's sister Michelle Cottman and her children.

The farm stand is just in front of the family home, which has been in the Young and Heigh family for more than three decades.

Jenny's Market is open every day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except for Mondays. The market is located on East Ivory Road just off of Route 32.

Congratulations to long-time West Friendship resident Sherri Carroll on the recent birth of her grandson Carroll T. Holmes. Carroll was born on July 1. His parents are Bethany and Antoine Holmes. A great new blessing for the family.

Don't forget that Glenelg United Methodist Church runs a food pantry on the third Saturday of each month from 9 to 10 a.m. Glenelg United Methodist has partnered with the Howard County Food Bank to act as a venue in the western end of the county.

For those in need of food assistance, the next date is July 21. Glenelg United Methodist Church is located at 13900 Burntwoods Road. Questions? Wish to donate nonperishables to the pantry? Call 410-489-7260 or email glenelggumcpantry@gmail.com.

Can't make it over to London for the equestrian events during the summer Olympics? Come out to the Howard County fairgrounds on July 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or any time in between, to view some fabulous equestrian action.

The Maryland Western Horse Association will host another show that is family friendly in every way. Association board member Becky Novotny of West Friendship is doing her best to make area folks aware of the Western and English horse riding events that are available for spectators.

The show begins in the morning and continues through the afternoon with barrel events, speed classes, jumping events and more. Food is available. Pony or horse owners are always welcome to bring their animals for inclusion in the varied competitions.

Questions? Call Becky Novotny at 410-531-713 or email her at bluepony21@verizon.net.

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