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So Bo Farmers Market hosts grand opening Saturday / July 09, 2020
“It’s less than two days, until the best vendors in the world bring beautiful locally grown produce to Broad Street,” said Downtown South Boston Farmers Market Manager Megan Throckmorton Harris.

The grand opening of the market celebrates the bounty of crops which are now ready for harvesting. This Saturday will mark the 33rd anniversary of the market, which began in 1986. The market will open at 8 a.m. and live music performed by the Bluegrass 5 band will begin pickin’ at 10 a.m.

Take a break to enjoy breakfast or lunch from the Happy Heifer food truck. Angela and Wayne Tribble, owners of the Happy Heifer Food Truck will be up and running at 8 a.m. serving a breakfast and lunch menu including: cinnamon rolls, doughnuts, cheeseburgers, chicken filet sandwiches, chicken tenders and dirty fries.

“They know our dirty fries, we introduced those at the Cantaloupe Festival last year,” said Wayne Tribble. Dirty Fries consist of a three pound boat container filled with French fries, topped with cheese, barbecue, bbq sauce, and sometimes coleslaw. The coleslaw will not be offered if the weather is too hot because the base ingredient of the slaw is mayonnaise which tends to spoil in the heat.

“I wholeheartedly believe that our quality produce and the hardworking vendors that bring their haul are the heart of the Downtown South Boston Farmers Market. Not a week goes by that I’m not impressed with the quality of products and I’m super excited for everyone to be able to grab them to see for themselves this weekend,” said Harris.

Power Of Produce, POP, is back and better than ever with a scavenger hunt style questionnaire for the vegetable of the week to engage kids and farmers in conversation about local produce. Every kid who participates earns a $5 voucher to purchase healthy food. Plus, the Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) card, doubles your purchases. For example, when using the P-EBT card, if you purchase one juicy ripe tomato you will take home an additional tomato for free.

“We believe meeting the farmers, asking questions, and gathering information is the perfect hands on approach to having an amazing POP experience,” said Harris.

Returning to the market this week is homemade craft items. The farmers market followed the best practice outlined by Virginia Farmers Market Association and Virginia Department Agriculture Consumer Services by not allowing non-essential items in order to keep everyone at the market safe.

“We are super excited to bring them [crafts] back and provide the community with some amazing homemade items,” said Harris who added the crafts could have returned last week, but we waited for the grand opening. “It is still recommended for low touch or no touch on craft items,” said Harris.

Some of the crafty items you may see this Saturday at the market are cornhole boards and bags, awesome custom apparel, southern style home decor, numerous crochet items, custom garden borders, and more.

Here is a list of some of the local vendors who will be showcasing their goods this Saturday: Paige’s Produce, Busy Bee Farm, Thaxton Farm1, Formal Springs, Coleman Creek Farm, Brooks Family Enterprises, Lil Nelson Farm, TC Cattle, Buttercups, Broad Shoulders Farm, Pete’s Pantry, Alton Throckmorton, Once Upon a Time Soap, and Little Sister Bakery.

The South Boston Farmers Market is located at 300 Broad Street and is open on Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon and Wednesday from 2-6 p.m.

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