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New produce market opens in East Chicago

East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland inspects the produce at Ramirez Produce in the North Harbor Downtown.

Residents of East Chicago's Indiana Harbor neighborhood have a new place to find fresh produce.

Ramirez Produce opened on Main Street in Downtown North Harbor, where the city recently put up a new overhead Downtown Harbor Gateway sign as part of an ongoing effort to revitalize the commercial area, which East Chicago is billing as its second downtown. East Chicago native Olga Ramirez opened the small fruit and vegetable market at 3929 Main St. Suite B. 

"She wanted to give back to the community by opening something she felt was needed in the community," the City of East Chicago said in a statement. "Ramirez Produce will provide quality produce for the community at reasonable prices, along with juicing and take-home salads."

The new market is located in a largely residential community next to the new R&R Caribbean Jerk restaurant and near where a new medical center will be constructed.

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Ramirez Produce stocks a wide array of items, including avocados, quenepas, yucca, green tomatoes, cherries, strawberries and leafy greens.

The business is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 219-256-8114 or visit www.facebook.com/pg/RamirezProduceEastChicago/.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.