Contact: Harmony Leonard 540-997-0239 August 3, 2009


BATH COUNTY FARMERS MARKET TO CELEBRATE FARMERS MARKET WEEK

Governor Timothy M. Kaine has officially recognized August 2 - 8, 2009 as Farmers Market Week in Virginia and the Bath County Farmers Market at Windy Cove Presbyterian Church Picnic Pavilion, Highway 39, 3.5 miles east of Millboro Springs , Virginia is inviting everyone to join the celebration on Saturday, August 8, 2009 from 8 a.m. to 1 PM.

According to Leonard, “The Bath County Farmers Market has planned a wonderful celebration for Farmers Market Week. Locally grown produce will continue to be the reason for the celebration. Local musicians will be on hand to entertain customers with a wide variety of music from bluegrass to country to rock.

“Pat Foreman, a Rockbridge native, will be on hand to sign her newly published book City Chicks and answer questions about raising chickens and egg production. According to Ms. Foreman, “The local foods movement is mushrooming an chickens have become its mascot.” City Chicks brings fresh, innovative and new information about keeping backyard flocks of urban chickens.

“Local crafters will offer a wide variety of beautiful handcrafted products from jewelry to woodcraft to crocheted items.

“There is something for everyone to enjoy plus all the great items our exhibitors are selling this week.”

August is prime time for produce so shoppers will find the freshest and most flavorful fruits and vegetables, ripe and ready right now. Vendors at the Bath County Farmers Market will have fresh-picked, Virginia grown tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, sweet corn, berries, and more. Thanks to shorter travel time, this locally grown produce can retain its exceptional taste and valuable nutrients far better than items shipped long distances.

Besides produce, the Bath County Market will also offer herbs, plants, cut flowers, organic items, cheeses, baked goods, local honey, and homemade preserves. Shoppers can expect an ever-changing variety which is part of the charm of a farmers market.

Leonard added, “This will be a good time to purchase local ingredients for your entry in the Eat Local Recipe Contest sponsored by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The deadline is August 15 to send your original recipe along with a photo of you and/or your finished product. You could win a prize package of Virginia ’s Finest and Virginia Grown products. Complete details are at the market or online at www.virginiagrown.com .”

In addition to selling local products, farmers markets also serve as gathering places to meet and greet neighbors and old friends. At farmers markets, shoppers can chat with the farmers, producers and processors whose hard work and skill provide the food they are purchasing.

The Governor’s proclamation listed some of the many reasons to celebrate farmers markets with a special week. In Virginia , farmers markets support local farmers by providing sales outlets for those just starting out, by giving additional marketing and sales opportunities to experienced farmers, and by offering to both increased financial returns through direct sales to consumers.

Farmers markets also help sustain Virginia’s working farms which in turn help keep the state’s economy strong, provide greenspace, help preserve the high quality of life enjoyed by all Virginians and help maintain agriculture as the Commonwealth’s number one industry with an economic impact of $55 billion annually and 357,000 Virginia jobs to its credit.

Find additional information about the Bath County Farmers Market at www.bacofarmmkt.com or call Harmony Leonard, 540-997-0239 or Donna Campagna, 540-997-0098.

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The Bath County Farmers Market creates the opportunity for people to buy locally grown and produced products every Saturday starting at 8 AM and ending at noon from June 6 to October 24, 2009.
Find pictures of the market and more information at www.bacofarmmkt.com
Posted by Donna