South Boston Farmers Market

Vendor Natalia Nunez (left) weighs a cabbage for a customer at the South Boston Farmers Market on Saturday.

A cool, sunny day greeted fans of homegrown produce at the grand opening of the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market on Saturday.

The grand opening came complete with a list of greats — “great local produce, great bluegrass music, great times visiting with the farmers and great community support,” according to Tamyra Vest, Destination Downtown executive director.

The Bluegrass Five provided music for the day, while citizens browsed through produce provided by a number of vendors.

Children became honorary fire chiefs, courtesy of the South Boston Fire Department, and they also had a chance to participate in the Power of Produce program — sponsored by the Healthy Harvest Community Garden - getting a $5 coupon to spend at the market in exchange for tasting the vegetable of the day, in this case a cucumber.

The YMCA of South Boston-Halifax County and Halifax County-South Boston Public Libraries also sponsored booths at the grand opening, according to South Boston Farmers Market manager Ben Capozzi.

“We appreciate the support of the town, farmers and the community,” Capozzi said while taking in the market activities on Saturday. “I’m happy with the turnout and happy to see the farmers out to share the fruits of their labor.”

Virginia Cooperative Extension and Family Nutrition also was on site Saturday for a cooking demonstration and distribution of healthy recipes as was the Master Gardeners help desk.

Doug Ford reports for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact him at

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