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Tempting tomatoes

The blog hears that tomatoes have been disappearing from the Grant Park Community Garden. An alert gardener noticed that none of the tomatoes in the big center plot reached appropriate redness, and the theory is that as soon as the tomatoes are ready someone picks them.
Well, it is a community garden after all - but let's hope this person (or persons) show up for fall clean up as well.

Casper Fry Public House and Eatery

It's the people behind downtown's French-style Madeleine's Cafe and Patisserie who are applying for a liquor license in "the other half" of the old Altamont Pharmacy, next to Title Nine.
Debra Green and her daughter Megan Van Stone run Madeleine's together, and they are applying for a spirits, beer, wine and restaurant/lounge permit at 928 S. Perry Street, suite A.

That's all the blog knows for now - find more information about Madeleine's on its Facebook page here.

Stay tuned…

The South Perry Blog is back -

- from vacation, playing catch up around the neighborhood.
The work at Grant Park Community Garden is progressing - the best way to follow the project is by joining the gardeners here on Facebook.
The garden will be dedicated right after the South Perry Street parade on July 16 at 11:30 a.m. Mayor Mary Verner and city council member Richard Rush will be speaking.

The old Altamont Pharmacy (the empty building just south of The Shop) continues its transformation and will soon add two new store fronts to the neighborhood. Stay tuned for news on tennants - the South Perry Blog has its ear to the ground and will share as soon as anything is confirmed.

Got any pictures from the South Perry District? Send them to piah@spokesman.com and I'll share some on the blog.

The garden is coming around

On Saturday, volunteers will begin cutting sod away to put in 30 raised beds in the community garden in Grant Park, just west of the school. The sod will be given away to people who can use it in their yards. It can't be sold because it's park property. Come down and volunteer at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Also, look for KXLY's Mark Peterson doing a live morning show from the garden, weather pending, hopefully some time next week.
Soil and compost is being donated for all the beds.
If you are interested in a garden plot, stop by the South Perry Farmers Market on Thursday between 3-6 p.m.
Follow the garden on Facebook here - or at least go and like it. These people are working hard to get ready for planting by early June.

Get your Grant Garden bed now

The garden beds are up for sale, starting today. Prices are: 4x8 = $25; 4x12 = $35; 4x8 = $25; handicap accessible, 4x12 = $35 and a group bed 4x24 = $50. Prices are for one season and include water.
The total number of beds will be determined by the needs of the gardeners.
Businesses and private persons may sponsor a raised bed for a donation of between $150 and $500. Sponsorship includes a placque on the bed, which will stay there for the life of the bed, and permanent recognition in the garden.
Sign up for a bed by mid-May.

Contact the Grant Park Community Garden via e-mail at grantparkgarden@gmail.com or by calling (509) 251-8590.