Farmhouse Market partners with local students to expand business

Farmhouse Market owner Kendra Rasmusson, left, is pictured with students Amanda Giesen, Wyatt Zack, Megan Rademacher and Shobeib Zabar. The four students in the New Prague High School MARS (Mastering Academics and Real-World Skills) class are working with Rasmusson on a new business extension for Farmhouse Market. (Submitted Photo)

The owners of Farmhouse Market, a tech-savvy local and organic foods market that was recently featured in the New York Times, have partnered with four New Prague High School students to launch a new business extension they hope will increase tourism and business for downtown New Prague.

Farmhouse Market is owned and operated by New Prague native Kendra (Sticha) Rasmusson and her husband, Paul Rasmusson. As business owners, the Rasmussons understand the dayto- day joys and challenges of operating in a small town. With major road construction scheduled for Main Street in 2020, the Rasmussons knew they needed to begin seeking out ways to help promote tourism and business in the city of New Prague. They felt efforts to do so would support the many downtown shops – including their own – who could face decreased foot traffic during the Main Street construction project. After discussions with local residents and fellow business owners, the Rasmussons believe they have zeroed in on a community need they can help address.

“Living in New Prague is really great but the need for downtown boutique-quality accommodations for overnight guests is apparent. It’s hard to promote tourism and increase business for New Prague businesses when some tourists might feel....

To see more on this story pick up the November 22, 2018 print edition of The New Prague Times.

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