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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 5A Abby Edwards trims and prepares "bunching" onions for the weekly certified farmers' market. She said that most people refer to them as green onions. From the time she was 5, Abby Edwards has been a fixture at the Quincy certified farmers' market. After 13 seasons, Abby will greet her customers one final time tomorrow evening, Aug. 7. Photos by Debra Moore Debra Moore Staff Writer Abby Edwards planted her first seed at age 3 and worked at her first farmers' market booth at 5, but after 13 seasons, the Quincy High School student said tomorrow night will be the last in her stand. Next summer she will take a celebratory trip to Europe after graduation and then she will be off to college -- made possible partially by the money she earned at the weekly certified farmers' markets in Quincy. "I am so grateful for the support that this community has given me," Abby said as she sat in her garden preparing "bunching," or ~een, onions ~r,~'e July 31 i In addition to the onions, :she will bring potatoes, carrots, radishes; Swiss Chard, leeks, squash, beets, eggplant and peppers for sale. : Those vegetables are part of the produce from the large garden that she tends with "1 am so grateful for the support that this communi ' has given me." Abby Edwards / ']aer parents, Grant and Cindy Edwards, on a hill above Chandler Road. Her father tends to fruit trees, corn stalks and tomato plants, while her mother focuses on strawberries, blackberries and giant sunflowers. What isn't sold at the farmers' market is eaten fresh, or canned or frozen. Abby's work begins in late March or early April with planting and continues into the fall final harvest. Her favorite time is fair week, when she enters most of the junior categories, often entering two items. "I compete against myself," she said, "but I like the horticulture building to be full. I love the horticulture building and kind of grew up there." What she doesn't like about gardening are the early mornings that find her working at 5:30 a.m. Weekends are also devoted to the garden. Abby said she has considered making gardening her career, but thinks it would be difficult to earn a living. Instead she plans to study biochemistry and might follow in her mother's footsteps and become an attorney, but she is still deciding. "I love history and science, and I'm good at English and drama, but I don't know..." she said. what she does know is that she won't be going into medicine. "Blood, needles and tomatoes freak me Out," she said with. a laugh. The garden and the weekly markets have allowed her to spend a lot of time with her parents. She credits her mother with helping her with organization and accounting, and her father with teaching her about gardening. Abby is a certified master gardener, having passed the four-month course. She eschewed the junior gardening program and had to receive special permission to attend the master class because she is not yet 18. Mother Cindy said she is grateful to the community for supporting Abby through the years. "The patience of the community was amazing," said Cindy, noting that since Abby was only 5 when she started working in the booth, customers had to help her count back change. At first she was very shy and tried to hide behind her parents, but eventually she emerged and learned to interact with everyone. "They helped her grow into who she is today," Cindy said. When you need something from the heart, come to us.t Antiques * Used Collectibles Furniture Books Household Jewelry Items Now Open 7 Days a Week 10am - 4pm 72850 Hwy 70 (3 miles west of Portola) 249-1745 L Representing Clients, Trustees and Beneficiaries for: Probate, Conservatorships, Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning. 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She harvests some from the mountaintop garden she works with parents Grant and Cindy Edwards. Plumas v DiSTRiCT HOSPITAL Syra Cooper, Patient Financial Services Representative Although we mainly focus on Medi-Cal and Managed Care Insurance, Syra strives hard to stay on top of her knowledge of the different programs. If she doesn't know an answer, she does whatever it takes to get the answer to the question. I see various counseling staff and even nurses contacting her to ask questions regarding reimbursement. I feel that among the other billing staff, Syra goes above and beyond the rest. She gets here early to prepare for the day and she finishes her projects before she goes home. I came into this department not knowing how to do medical billing and feel that without Syra's expertise I would- n't know half the things I've learned. I truly feel that Syra is integral to the billing department and should be celebrated for all the effort she puts forward. 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