Finding Mona’s Market, a small town business picture-story

Guest post by Mari Penner, Kansas Sampler Foundation

YOU FIND KANSAS… when you find Mona.

Monas Market sign

We were about to leave the town of Dresden on our ERV guidebook research when we saw a simple sign against the cracked surface of the old basketball court. We had to find out. Who was Mona and what kind of market could she have in this town of 40?

 

Monas flowers

It was a sprawling and delightful nursery! It was a great example of what can happen when you put together a woman with a green thumb and a handy husband who is willing to do some pretty big “honey do’s” (like build a greenhouse or two — or three). That’s how you create Mona’s Market.

 

Monas shed

The potting shed is the centerpiece, worn boards serving as a backdrop for every flower under the sun that can handle the Kansas heat.

 

Monas sculptures

This is a very professional place and is dotted with Mona’s husband’s farm-stuff sculptures that serve as garden art or a place to hang plants.

 

Mona

The heart and soul of it all is Mona, as talented, good-natured and hard working as they come. You just feel better about things after a visit to Mona and her nursery.

Marci Penner and her crew are visiting every town in the state of Kansas to update their amazing small town Kansas guidebook. You can donate towards the project, or just learn more about the Kansas Sampler Foundation and their many projects you can borrow and adapt for your small town. Thank you, Marci, for allowing me to reprint this story and photos for everyone. 

Mona’s Market is located in Dresden, in northwest Kansas, USA, population 40 (forty) people. Sa-lute! 

About Becky McCray

Becky started Small Biz Survival in 2006 to share rural business and community building stories and ideas with other small town business people. She and her husband own a retail liquor store in Alva, Oklahoma, and a small cattle ranch nearby. Becky is an international speaker on small business.
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