Nakia Rhone Ready for Busy Market

Nakia Rhone 2015When long-time Perry Wellness Center employee Phyllis Smith recently returned to her duties as manager of Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, it was just in time to prepare for the spring market. Intensive effort from peers and staff has been required to get the market ready for the seasonal rush. Phyllis has relocated her office to a space in the market, where many long hours are spent.

Phyllis is not complaining. “It will be fun to continue my job as market manager,” she says. “I want to select the peers who have worked hard for me in the past and put together a team to make the market the best it has been in years.”

One such peer is Nakia Rhone, who has volunteered to help out with the increased activity at the market. A talented needle worker, Nakia even created a new pair of gloves for the occasion. “I want to be ready to help Miss Phyllis with the market,” she explains. “I plan to wear my gloves and do other products for possible display and sale in the market.”

In the photo, Nakia shares her woven gloves with a raised design. Look for products such as these for sale at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market, along with seasonal flowers, plants, and produce.

Peer Spotlight: Willie Pryor

Willie Pryor 2015At Perry Wellness Center, the gentleman fondly known as “Mr. Willie” is peer Willie Pryor. He is currently helping out with the management of our greenhouses and the displays at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. As you can imagine, this is a particularly busy time of year for him!

His work includes setting up the early morning displays of vegetables and fruits at the market, as well as keeping the drainage rock and gravel level in the greenhouses. Without his close oversight, there is the potential for missteps and accidents.

Explains Stuart Perry, “This might appear to be a minor chore, but Mr. Willie takes pride in leveling this rock and cleaning the rock floors of any debris.” He concludes, “He is a valuable part of our market opening and management.”

In the photo, Willie Pryor levels drainage gravel in a Happy Patch greenhouse at Perry Wellness Center.

Spring Market Underway

Hanging baskets 2015The recent re-opening of Rudy’s Happy Patch Market is a harbinger of spring, as much as the robins dotting area lawns. To celebrate, we have been stocking the market with ferns, daisies and other spring plants, as well as colorful hanging baskets.

“Our peers are eager to resume work and outside chores,” notes Stuart Perry. “We survived the harshest winter but celebrate the sun and warmer temperatures.”

Display tables are filling up with spring produce, awaiting early bird customers at the market.

In the above photo, Jerie Burton and Vicki Lamica shape plants which are on display in the Perry Wellness Center greenhouses.

Market Cent$

Pennies to DimesRudy’s Happy Patch Market welcomed Phyllis Smith, CPS, back as buyer and manager when the market opened on March 2. As part of the spring opening, she led peers and staff in undertaking a cleanup. Discarded bags, litter, and unused items were removed from every nook and cranny, including drawers, cabinets, and storage counters.

During the market cleanup, numerous lost pennies were collected. Phyllis recounts how the penny collecting became a teachable moment.

“This is an example of peers learning the value of money,” she explains. “I tell that that 10 pennies make one dime, and 10 dimes equal one dollar. I try to make their penny recovery a learning experience for us all.”

Staff and peers are enthusiastic about the spring season at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market. “I am so excited to be back at the market and managing the daily business,” Phyllis exclaims. The market is offering such items as sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and variety of ferns, geraniums, Gerbera daisies, and more.

In the photo above, Phyllis Smith, right, is assisted by Javin Baker, left, Malcolm Johnson, and Jeri Burton as they count $1.40 in discarded pennies at Rudy’s Happy Patch Market.

Americus Auto Zone: It's in the Bag!

Americus Auto ZoneFor the second year, manager Wesley Nedd of Americus Auto Zone has assisted Perry Wellness Center by providing us with donated shopping bags.

Based upon his previous donation, peer Grover Thornton approached Mr. Nedd recently to inquire about a second donation. In answer to this request, Americus Auto Zone donated a box of 1000 12.5” x 11.5” x 5” bags to Perry Wellness Center. (We found out that the donation was made even though the auto products business was low on its own bag inventory.)

Phyllis Smith, PWC market manager, was grateful for the donation, as the bags are perfect for smaller market orders. She encourages readers to visit Americus Auto Zone if they are in need of car repair and maintenance products.

With a smile, Miss Phyllis also says, “When your car or truck is running properly, I invite you to visit Happy Patch Market and Perry Wellness Center to see the growing inventory of plants and vegetables that will soon fill our bins.”

In the photo above, Grover Thornton receives 1000 donated bags from Americus Auto Zone manager Wesley Nedd.

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