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Market in the Square 'worth the trip downtown'

July 04, 2008|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- For seven years, Beverly and Reuben Faith have arrived downtown at 6 a.m. on the days Market in the Square is held and Thursday was no exception.

The couple arrived bearing dozens of pies and cakes that Beverly had spent three days making.

Then they prepared the soups people have come to expect at Market in the Square. Beverly uses family recipes from her days growing up in North Carolina, she said.

Once all the food is made, they "sell until it's gone," she said.

Reuben Faith, 73, estimated that about 250 customers visit every other Thursday, when Market in the Square is held. Chicken-corn soup, cream of potato soup and steamers are among the favorites, he said.

Beverly Faith's award-winning fresh apple pound cake is popular too, she said.

"I love baking," said Faith, 73. "I love to taste it, too."

Reginald and Elsie Martin, who set up a produce and baked goods stand in the square Thursday, go to Market in the Square monthly, he said.

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Blueberries, black raspberries, cantaloupes and sticky buns were among the choices at their booth Thursday. All of the produce is grown locally, Reginald Martin said.

The Faiths and the Martins also offer their goods at the City Farmer's Market on Saturdays.

Dale and Sharon Mueller have been eating at Market in the Square for years. He works downtown, and they visit the market for "good, homemade, wholesome food," Sharon Mueller said.

On Thursday at about 10:30 a.m., the two sat at a table in the square eating bean soup and steamer sandwiches. Their dog, a Boston Terrier named Topaz, sat nearby.

They have to arrive early, before the crowd, she said.

"It's faster than fast food," Mueller said. "Worth the trip downtown."

If You Go: The next Market in the Square is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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