Hello from the Bath County Farmer’s Market!

Today was a balmy 53 degrees in Millboro Springs. Soon the soil will be warm enough for planting. The turn of the earth brings us closer to summer and a new market season.

Saturday, January 31st, was the first vendor meeting for the 2009 market season. I am delighted to announce that the Bath County Farmer’s Market will open June 6th and will be held every Saturday from 8 AM to Noon with the final market on October 24, 2009.

The location for the market will change to the Windy Cove Presbyterian Church Picnic Pavilion on Highway 39 across from Kool-Dri. This location is just across the county line on the eastern side of Bath County and is 3.2 miles east of the old location.

We are very exited about the new location. Vendors will be under the roof of the pavilion on a concrete floor; there is not just one but two restrooms; vendors will have use of a kitchen; all vendors will have electricity at their stalls and we will have lights. The pavilion located on a hill with a gorgeous view of the mountains in all directions. Parking will be abundant as will room for children to play without the worry of cars or the road.

As of this writing we know the following vendors will be returning for the 2009 market season. If you are a vendor or know someone who is interested in participating in the market this year please have them call Harmony at 540.997.0239 or Donna at 540-997-0098 or email us at bacofarmmkt@yahoo.com as soon as possible.

Stonehouse Farm offering naturally grown produce including greens, tomatoes, squash and more.

Tara Miller representing several growers from Rockbridge County with naturally grown produce, eggs, local honey, cut flowers, and much more.

Soothing Herbals offering handcrafted herbal body products made from ingredients.

Thompson’s Eggs with eggs from happy chickens!

Whiteway Restaurant bringing a full array of baked goods made from scratch including Whiteway Bread and those delightful pies.

Edgar and Thelma Brinkley who have promised strawberries at the first market and pumpkins in October and more during the summer.

See you at the market on June 6, 2009!

A local event worth attending is Rockbridge Grown’s Second Annual Food and Friends Potluck Dinner, Thursday, February 5, 2009, 6PM at the Lexington Presbyterian Church, Dunlap Auditorium, Lexington, Virginia.

Bring a dish to share (locally grown if possible) and your own table service (plate, glass and eating utensils.)  Napkins and drinks will be provided

Besides fun, fellowship and food there will be a short program that will include:

A presentation of opportunities for Producing and Marketing Products in 2009 including;

· Local Farmer’s Market updates

· 2009 Buy Fresh Buy Local Food Guide

· Other opportunities for involvement in the local foods movement

· Reports from local producers

· An overview of the New Rockbridge Grown Website.

Rockbridge Grown is a group of people who have been working diligently and oft times quietly not only in Rockbridge County but the surrounding counties to promote the consumption and growing of local foods. Their new website is www.rockbridgegrown.org

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The Virginia Association for Biological Farming (VABF) Conference will be held in Richmond, VA February 27-28, 2009. The Conference theme is Community Based Foods Systems. The conference is intended for a broad range of folks, including commercial farmers and farm managers, educators, government agricultural professionals, urban farmers, master gardeners, young people, and just plain consumers.

Registration is $75 for VABF members and $100 for non-members if postmarked by February 2.  This fee covers the handout materials, Friday dinner and Saturday lunch; lodging is arranged separately. Please note that after February 2, registration is $135. Youth registration and program is $35, and $30 for each additional child.  Further information is available on the VABF website at: http://www.vabf.org/conf2009.php

Websites of interest:

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition http://sustainableagriculturecoalition.org/

NSAC Grassroots Guide to the 2008 Farm Bill http://sustainableagriculturecoalition.org/publications/grassrootsguide/

Grassroots Guide to the 2008 Farm Bill _Local Food Systems and Rural Development Section http://sustainableagriculturecoalition.org/publications/grassrootsguide/local-food-systems-rural-development/

Building a strong community one seed at a time!

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.
Posted by Donna