Halifax Farmers Market joins markets across the country in celebrating National Farmers Market Week with special events at the market on Saturday.
National Farmers Market Week is a celebration sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that highlights the important role farmers markets play in the nation’s food system.
Local farmers invite the public to come celebrate. The farmers market will open at 8 a.m. with a variety of fresh veggies, pasture raised meats, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, honey, fresh herbs, jams and jelly, arts and crafts and much more.
According to Denise Barksdale, Halifax assistant manager, Southside Master Gardeners will jump start the day with a workshop on perennial care. The workshop will be held 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. with a demonstration at 9:30 on dividing perennials.
The demonstration will show how to divide an iris that has overgrown its space. The Master Gardeners will be dividing the Florentine Iris, Iris florentina.
As always, Master Gardeners will be available to answer all gardening questions.
A cooking demonstration with the Virginia Cooperative Extension/Family Nutrition Program will start at 9 a.m., Barksdale said.
From 9 a.m. - noon every one of all ages can enjoy a “Skin & Bones” themed workshop hosted by the Staunton River Battlefield State Park.
The Halifax-South Boston Library will be on hand with free pencils, stickers and wristbands for the kids. They also will have information available on the library and the many programs it has to offer.
From 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. there will be a silent auction on one of a kind hand painted picnic tables. These picnic tables were all hand painted by local people here in Halifax County, Barksdale said.
This is a fundraiser for the libraries with all proceeds raised going towards the purchase of new computers for the libraries.
“Final bids will be at 11:30, so come early check out the tables and start bidding for a cause,” she added.
D & D Skins will host a fish fry, and the market will hold its annual bake sale inside the market with all proceeds from the fish fry and bake sale supporting the farmers market.
As demand for local food continues to grow, so too have the opportunities for America’s farmers to market fresh food directly to the consumer.
According to statistics recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers markets and farm stands account for roughly $2 billion of the $3 billion that Americans spend annually on farm-direct products. This revenue, in turn, supports the livelihoods of more than 165,000 mostly small and mid-sized farms and ranches.
“Farmers markets play a vital role not just in generating real income for farmers, but in forming a healthy, prosperous food system,” said Jen Cheek, program director of the Farmers Market Coalition. “By providing the opportunity for farmers to connect directly with consumers, markets serve as education centers. Vendors are teaching customers about agriculture and sharing recipes and new foods with their neighbors. Markets are making people and communities stronger and healthier.”
On any given Saturday at the Halifax Farmers Market, persons can find fresh pasture raised meats including, pork, beef, fresh vegetables and fruits, herbs, farm fresh eggs, fresh baked goods, honey, jams/jellies and more.
The indoor farmers market is home to over 20 local artisans and crafters, and is open every Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In the most recent season, the Halifax Farmers Market generated over $31,000 for these local producers, artisans and crafters, a valuable economic boost for the region, Barksdale said.
The market accepts SNAP/EBT and the Senior Nutrition Vouchers, with SNAP purchases being matched up to $5.
Halifax Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
For more information on becoming a vendor, contact Barksdale at 434-476-2343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.