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Gardening on the Square
Toni Wellman, center, from Monroe, looks at plants with her children, 9-month-old Bryn and 3-year-old Joah, in the new garden on the southeast corner of the downtown Square, part of Main Street Monroes Farmin on the Square promotion. (Times photo: Katjusa Cisar)
MONROE - An empty lot of loose gravel across from the Goetz Theatre downtown has been transformed into a garden planted with crops native to the area, from alfalfa to zinnias. The garden of raised beds is intended to give visitors and locals firsthand appreciation of the phrase "farm to table." It was planted in May as part of Farmin' on the Square, Main Street Monroe's two-year promotion of the area's close connection with farmers, cheesemakers and artists.