The public is invited to pick up their favorite local homegrown foods from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday during the annual season grand opening event at the Halifax Farmers Market.
In addition to the fresh local produce, those attending the event will find country sausage, pasture-raised cuts of pork and beef, farm fresh eggs, fresh herbs, homemade goats milk soap, baked goods, hand sewn items, jams and jellies, homemade jewelry, antiques, wreaths, essential oils, barn quilts, upcycled furniture, paparazzi, scentsy and much more with the vendors, said Denise Barksdale, Halifax assistant manager.
The first 50 customers who visit the market store located inside the farmers market building will receive a goody bag filled with vendor discounts/coupons along with some market swag, Barksdale added.
“Come out Saturday morning and enjoy a BLT sandwich with Hudson Heritage Farms using their all natural bacon and local vine ripe tomatoes. You can hang around for lunch and enjoy a fresh cooked fish sandwich with D & D Skins, and then for dessert the local ice cream truck will arrive around noon,” she said.
Lotions, Potions and More will host a summer essential oils workshop from 9 a.m. to noon.
“We will be learning about essential oils, their benefits and how to use them,” Barksdale said.
Participants will have the choice of making one free roll-on bottle recipe. Roll-on recipes will be addressing relief for migraine headaches and upset stomach. Participation is limited to the first 30 people.
Starting at 9 a.m. the Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition Program will be hosting a healthy eating-cooking demo using fresh locally grown produce. The Southside Master Gardeners will be handing out recipes along with gardening information and will be available to answer all gardening questions.
Bright Meadows Farm and Vineyard will be on site with some local wines being available for purchase.
Bella’s Crafts, located inside the market, will be giving away a free slice of cake while supplies last.
“Be sure to visit and look for the registration buckets at the local farmer’s booths outside as participating farmers will be giving away $5 gift certificates that can be used to purchase goods from their booth,” Barksdale said.
The market recipe basket will be filled with new recipes ready for the taking. If anyone has a recipe they would like to share with the market and the public, feel free to bring a copy and drop it in the recipe box, and it will be shared on the farmers market Facebook page and included in their market recipe basket.
SNAP/EBT benefits and senior nutrition vouchers also will be accepted at the farmers market, according to Barksdale.
The farmers market is located in historic downtown Halifax at 209 South Main St. and is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.
For more information on the market, be sure to like them on Facebook at townofhalifaxfarmersmarket.