Earth Day

Ashantianna Chisolm and Kevontae Chisolm make bird feeders out of pinecones during the 2019 Earth Day Extravaganza. This year a drive-thru Earth Day market is set for this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at 209 S. Main St. in Halifax. Earth Day packages will be provided so that attendees can have their own Earth Day celebration at home.

Celebrating Earth Day is a tradition in the town of Halifax.

The town is planning an Earth Day event for Saturday, but it will be on a smaller scale than past years’ celebrations because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A drive-thru Earth Day market is set for this Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at 209 S. Main St. in Halifax. Earth Day packages will be provided so that attendees can have their own Earth Day celebration at home.

“It’s definitely going to be different. It’s not going to be our traditional Earth Day event,” said Denise Barksdale, assistant town manager and event coordinator. “This is a drive-through only event, and everyone will be asked to stay in their cars.”

The town has had to cancel or postpone a couple of its other spring events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Barksdale said having an event for Earth Day, even though this year’s event will be non-traditional, was important to the town.

“We like to teach people fun, creative ways that they can take care of the earth, such as recycling and reusing,” Barksdale said. “The earth is ours, so we need to do our part to take care of it.”

The first 50 people who drive through the market will receive Earth Day packages, and the first 50 children will receive Earth Day goody bags. The contents of the packages will include do-it-yourself crafts, coloring sheets, recipes, menu planning, and indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts. The packages also will include information about the power of produce club, set to kick off on June 27.

“We’re trying to gear it toward things that kids can do while at home,” Barksdale said.

The first 50 children who come through the Earth Day market also will receive a package of Bee Friendly Wildflower Seeds donated by Full Circle Pizza.

At Saturday’s market, farmers will offer a variety of locally grown items. Among the items that will be available for purchase are fresh eggs, asparagus, spring onions, pasture-raised pork, vegetable and herb plants and baked goods. The farmers are accepting SNAP as a payment option.

Following the Earth Day market, the town of Halifax Farmers Market will continue to operate as a drive-through market during the COVID-19 pandemic, with the next date of operation to be announced, Barksdale said.

The drive-through farmers market is in compliance with the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services guidelines for farmers’ markets issued April 14.

The guidelines include: “providing curbside pick-up, where possible, to allow customers to stay in their vehicles” and “complying with social distancing guidelines.”

The South Boston Farmers Market also holds a weekly drive-thru market on Saturdays.

Barksdale noted the Earth Day market is a nice complement to another recent event geared toward environmental awareness.

Last Saturday, Halifax County residents did their part to help the environment by picking up litter along roadways in their neighborhoods during Community Clean-Up Day.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at mbaines@gazettevirginian.com.