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New farmers market in Manchester Twp. hiring

Greg Gross
505-5433/@ggrossyd

Leg Up Farmers Market in Manchester Township expects to hire 50 to 60 people to staff the store when it opens in a little more than a month.

The market will host a job fair on from noon to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Leg Up Farm, 4880 N. Sherman St. Extended in East Manchester Township, to help attract candidates, said Brad Clark, chief operating officer of the market.

Applicants can expect to fill out or drop off an application and will have to take a personality test at the fair. Interviews will not be conducted on site. Interviews will be scheduled at a later date, he said.

Open positions include those in the produce, coffee bar, deli, customer service, bulk grocery and other departments. Starting pay is $9 an hour.

Most jobs are part time but there are about 15 to 20 full-time positions available, Clark said.

The market: The 18,700-square-foot store at the former Shiloh Nurseries property that most recently housed Brown's Farm Market & Garden Center, or Brown's North, is slated to open in mid-February.

It will sell locally sourced produce, dairy products, meat and other items. Those items will come from farms within a 100-mile radius of the store. Some of the grass-fed beef is even more local and will come from an East Manchester Township farm just across the road from Leg Up Farm.

The store will have a focus on customer-employee interaction and will boast a fully operational butcher department.

A construction crew broke ground on the $4.4 million Leg Up Farmers Market at the 23-acre site in July.

Some of the profits from the Leg Up Farmers Market will be used to help fund Leg Up Farm and Able-Services, which falls under the umbrella of Leg Up Farm.

For more information about Leg Up Farmers Market, or to fill out an application, go to legupfarmersmarket.com.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.