If Saturday’s crowd at its grand opening celebration is any indication, the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market will have a banner season.
Some 450 people were at the market Saturday with 45 children participating in the Power or Produce program, according to Farmers Market President Kim Tuck Rich.
“We had 13 vendors selling everything from muffins, cakes, cookies, brownies and fried pies. Produce we had squash, zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes, egg plant, peppers, cabbage, onions, beets, blums, mushrooms, sweet potatoes and new potatoes. There were also eggs, vegetable plants and flowers,” Rich said noting the produce went on sale beginning at 7 a.m.
The Blue Grass Five performed from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Maria Traynham with Virginia Cooperative Extension Family Nutrition did cooking demonstrations using produce bought on site at the market that morning, and bottled water was available compliments of Grand Springs, as well as lemonade.
Virginia Cooperative Extension was on hand all morning with the Master Gardeners help desk, and The South Boston Fire Department was also on hand to show a fire truck up close.
Firefighters gave away fire safety literature for the adults along with items for the kids.
Other community groups invited to participate at the market’s grand opening were Dan River Baptist Association, Healthy Harvest Community Garden, YMCA, South Boston Halifax Library Service, SPCA, Sentara Halifax Hospital, Halifax Dog Squad and the Prayer Shawl Ministry.
The Farmers Market also unveiled a new program on Saturday for the children, Power or Produce (POP), sponsored by Sentara Halifax Regional and Abbott.
Any child 18 or younger could take two bites of the vegetable or fruit of the day and receive a $5 buck to spend at the market.
Sponsors for special events included Bellaire Farm, Tuck Farms and J. E. Burton Construction.
“Martin’s Food truck, food demonstrations and the fire trucks were a few of our special draws,” Rich said.
Also popular were the giveaways donated by the vendors.
Market shirts also were available for sale Saturday.
The Farmers Market is located at 300 Broad Street in the parking lot behind Distinct Impressions and across from True Value.
Anyone interested in joining the market may call 434-489-7533.