Kathy’s Country Market opens

StoryImage( ‘/Images/Story//img-EtNb4TDsLY.jpg’, ‘Photo by Charlene DeBrock’, ‘Kathy Loos took over ownership of the former Lane’s Country Market at 6538 Illinois Route 173 in Poplar Grove on June 6.’);

Along with rising temperatures and the hum of air conditioners, farmers’ markets have become traditional staples of summer. Kathy’s Country Market is one of the newest to join these ranks. Located at 6538 Illinois Route 173 in Poplar Grove, it occupies the former Lane’s Country Market site. Kathy Loos became the new owner on June 6 and changed the business’ name accordingly.

Kathy’s Country Market is, however, quite different from a typical market. “It’s kind of equivalent to 25 Hallmarks into one,” Loos said. She said the market has mass appeal because of its multifaceted nature. It features a wide array of fruits and vegetables, including fresh blueberries, strawberries, Bing cherries, watermelons, carrots, bell peppers, sweet corn and eggplant. Additional culinary options are available in the market’s indoor restaurant. Homemade soups, sandwiches, pies and cookies are served daily. Loos said the market’s homemade bread is another popular draw. “We have 10 different varieties of breads that we make every day,” she said. A diverse selection of jams and jellies is sold as well.

Aside from food, the market carries a number of antiques and unique gifts. Candles and stained glass pictures are among the most prominent items. Another important aspect of Kathy’s Country Market is its large and colorful garden center. Impressive perennials, annuals, rose bushes, trees, shrubs and hanging baskets are some of the many plants showcased. This “supermarket” is also open longer than most of its counterparts with its season stretching from mid-March to Dec. 31.

Loos explained that owning the market “was something I’ve always wanted to do.” She believes she is well suited and qualified for her new job since she has had years of experience with antiques, gardening and food service. Loos also said the market has changed since she assumed ownership more than a month ago. She rents out a portion of the store to antique, crafts, and art vendors. This new endeavor has received great customer approval and is “very successful,” according to Loos. She also has future plans of expanding the garden center and making space for a flea market on the east side of the building. Above all, she hopes to continue providing patrons with “first quality” goods.

For more information about Kathy’s Country Market, call 765-9550.

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