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Al's Farm Market in Clarksville celebrating 30 years

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CLARKSVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- Farmer's markets are opening all over the area as demand for fresh fruits and vegetables continues to grow.

But there is one locally owned market that is celebrating 30 years in business.

"We must be doing something right for people to keep coming back," said Al Kirchgessner's wife, Betty Kirchgessner. The couple owns the market.

"Each year the business just seems to be getting bigger and bigger," Betty said.

Al's Farm Market, in Clarksville, is on Providence Way just down the road from Providence High School.

This time of year the market is filled with beautiful colors of fresh fruits and vegetables and plenty of flowers.

The couple started the business in 1983, selling only strawberries that they still grow on their 40-acre farm in nearby Starlight, Indiana.

But customers started asking for other produce, so they began farming and selling a lot more product.

For 20 years, the couple had a second location in the Old Haymarket in downtown Louisville.

But to make way for the expanding U of L Medical Center, they had to move out of that location five years ago.

But many customers followed them to their Clarksville location.

"That really makes us feel really good," said Betty, "because they are following us all the way from Louisville, coming from over there to Clarksville to see us."

Running a farm and a retail operation require a lot of time and hard work, with few days off.

"For the last 30 years I haven't had a Mother's Day off," said Betty, "but the way I look at it I am making other mothers' Mother's Day special."

The couple is looking forward to selling their homegrown strawberries in a few weeks.

"We have two acres of strawberries that will be coming out during the last week of May or first week of June," says Al.

Al and Betty say the next two weeks will be among the busiest of the year with spring kicking into high gear.

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