New business to repurpose four abandoned chicken houses

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Janet Phillips and her team in Princess Anne are transforming their backyard into a center where people in the community can grow.

“We have this incredible Eastern Shore and I love Somerset County,” said Phillips, owner of Coops to Co-ops.

“It’s so beautiful and the potential here is amazing,” said Phillips.

According to Phillips, there is a huge need for more space where people can be creative, which is why she’s working on repurposing four abandoned chicken houses where people can come together and grow all sorts of plants.

“We do like our lemons and limes and if we can create a greenhouse that operates with low energy or no energy just using the sun, probably solar power, then we want that,” said Phillips.

They’re also transforming this area called Coops to Co-ops into a place where community members can participate in farmers markets as well as festivals and activities like meditation workshops while focusing on supporting the local economy.

“It’s going to be an experience, a shopping experience where they’re buying local, they’re buying fresh food, they’re supporting the local economy, and at the same time they’re having a lot of fun doing it,” said Emiliano Espinosa, farmers market manager at Coops to Co-ops.

And ultimately this group says they just want to give people a chance to step back and simply enjoy nature on the shore and all it has to offer.

Espinosa says this new business will open on May 2nd.

Right now, they will only be offering online ordering and pick up for anyone interested in buying all sorts of organic products.

They will also be hosting a small farmers market from 8 AM to 1 PM. For more information, click here.

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