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13-year-old runs family farmer's market

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POSTED: Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:05pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 5, 2014 - 5:48pm

Peaches, tomatoes, and noon day onions. Nothing says summertime quite like a farmer's market here in East Texas. However, this produce stand in Lufkin is a little different from the others-- because it's run by 13-year-old Blake Spradlin.

KETK spoke with Blake, who said, "It was about 3 years ago and my parents walked away to go talk to some of the other venders. They got back and said 'OK you're done'. And I said 'No step back I got it"! So Blake spends seven days a week helping out customers and caring for his own personal garden. He said, "I feel passionate because it helps people get healthier" . 

K&B Farmer's Market sells everything from peas, bell peppers and jalapenos, to locally made jellies and honey. Blake explained, "We get everything from local farmers.Oour peaches are from Nacogdoches right now, our watermelons are from Grapeland". With so much product, Blake keeps his employees busy. Stacey Bryce said, "It is great, he keeps me on my toes and lets me know I talk too much or share too much information".

Of course Blake's employees and family all agree he's an inspiration. Bryce said, "This is sincere for him. It's not something that his parents are making him do, he really does have a passion".

For now Blake shows no signs of slowing down his business. He said, "It's better to start out young than to start out when I'm older because it gives me like a feel of the real world instead of sitting in front of the TV playing video games".

The K&B Farmer's Market is open seven days a week at the Lufkin Mall, across from Sears. 

  • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Friday-Saturday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

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At his age, those in my generation we were picking blackberries hoping for the older boy's job, picking watermelons. To run the stand would be a piece of cake. Until you can put a sticker showing insecticide levels, I'll stick to Brookshires.

Has to be a rotten apple in every barrel- and you have the honor of being just that today, Ms. Jackson..

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