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Market Stroll highlights local farming goodness

SoVaNow.com / May 18, 2017
More than 60 vendors will offer fresh farm produce, baked goods and other treats with the “Inaugural Halifax County Market Stroll” Saturday.

The event — highlighting farmers markets in the towns of Halifax and South Boston — will unfold at two locations: the Halifax Farmers Market at the old Farmers Foods store, and the Broad Street Farmers Market in downtown South Boston.

In Halifax, where the market opens at 7 a.m. and runs through 1 p.m. more than 30 vendors have signed up. Vendors will be set up both inside the building and outside in the parking lot.

Students with the Halifax County High School Culinary Arts Department will present cooking demonstrations from 10 a.m.-noon. Also, visitors can enjoy a display of the Halifax County Barn Quilt Trail, as well as an informational table where anyone interested in the trail can learn how to participate.

A seed library will be unveiled, providing residents with free flower and vegetable seeds. You also can donate seeds of your own to the library.

Members of the Master Gardeners Association will be on hand to answer questions, and updated information will be provided about “Genuine Halifax” product logo stickers.

Throughout the day, musicians will be entertaining at both local farmers markets.

The fun in the Town of Halifax will continue Saturday evening with the Market Stroll Swine, which starts at 6 p.m. in the market parking lot. Among the evening’s activities: a children’s program on farming in front of the town library.

Live music by Turkey Scratch will follow from 6 to 9 p.m.

Hudson Heritage Farms, The Packhouse and the Farmers Market will offer food during the evening. Hunting Creek Vineyards and Blue Ridge Beverage will man the wine and beer garden, and Grand Springs is donating 20 cases of water.

The public is invited to come out and join the fun.

In South Boston, fresh, locally-grown food and old-fashioned fun will be the order of the day as downtown South Boston celebrates the first-ever Farmers Market Stroll this Saturday starting at 7 a.m.

That’s when the market opens, with local producers offering a healthy bounty of food and goodies: mixed greens, collards, spring onions, cucumbers, zucchini, cabbage, broccoli, beets, asparagus, strawberries, honey, dried mushrooms, baked goods, chicken and duck eggs, donuts, bedding plants, vegetable and herb starts, ferns, flowers and more.

The public is invited to shop the market and enjoy the musical entertainment: The Bluegrass Five will perform from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Come early and enjoy.

Also, those in search of advice about lawns and gardens can drop by and chat at the help table with the local experts with the Southside Master Gardeners Association.

The South Boston Farmers Market is located at 300 Broad Street in the parking lot behind Caffe Peroni and Distinct Impressions. To keep up with market happenings, like them on Facebook at Downtown South Boston Farmers Market.



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