Peggy’s Produce Market closes, goes up for sale

Owner cites labor shortage, increased prices, health for reasons selling Madison Twp. produce stand.

Peggy Landers cited several reasons for closing Peggy’s Produce Market, a popular business that operated for nearly 10 years in Madison Twp.

Like many business owners, Landers said it’s difficult to hire enough employees and deal with the increasing prices of products.

But more than those two economic indictors, Landers said, after battling breast cancer, she had a deeper appreciation of family and friends.

Peggy was diagnosed with breast cancer in July and had surgery in August. She said it appears the cancer was detected early and she’s hopeful for a full recovery.

“You can’t make up for lost time,” said Landers, 60.

So Peggy and her husband Larry Landers are selling the business at 380 Middletown-Eaton Road. They rent the building, but said some stock, shelving, coolers, freezers, scales and cash register are included in the sale. She didn’t want to disclose the asking price.

Ten years ago, the couple started the business with $700 when it was operated by Larry Landers and his son, Matthew, while Peggy worked in a nursing home.

Larry was the produce “picker” and he hauled vegetables and fruit year-round from regional locations in the spring and summer and further locations in the winter. His wife said there were days when he left at 3 a.m. and returned at midnight.

Over time, the business grew because “we treated our customers like we wanted to be treated,” she said. “We have come a long way. Every year we picked up more and more customers. We were very blessed.”

The customers eventually became more like friends, she said. When Peggy’s Produce closed on July 27, she said the support from the Madison Twp. community was overwhelming. She still receives phone calls, cards, and gifts from customers.

“I’m really going to miss our customers,” she said. “That probably will be the hardest part.”

She’s looking forward to spending more time with her three children, Travis, 37, Virginia, 29, and Matthew, 26, and their eight grandchildren.

For more information on the sale of Peggy’s Produce, call 513-393-2882.

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