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South Boston farmers mart opens up for new season

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Customers were ready to purchase fresh produce as 25 vendors offered their wares at Saturday’s grand opening of the South Boston Farmers Market.
SoVaNow.com / June 16, 2014
Customers streamed in from all over Saturday morning as the South Boston Farmers Market held its grand opening event. Located at 300 Broad Street the market is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday.

In addition to offering fresh produce — beets, cabbage, tomatoes, squash, new potatoes, cucumbers, onions, turnip salad and string beans – there was also pasture fed beef and real country sausage and a delicious supply of baked goods, jams and jellies for sale.

Ralph Tuck was there, with a large assortment of both flower and vegetable plants, as well as fresh vegetables and several woodworking vendors offered birdhouses and other items for sale.

Market Manager Ray Satterfield said he has 25 vendors already offering goods for sale and he expects to have several more in the coming days.

Bill McCaleb of the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service was on hand to answer questions. McCaleb was enthusiastic in his praise of the local Farmers Markets, saying it is so beneficial to have local growers able to sell their fresh produce which contains no preservatives.

Visitors enjoyed a special treat, music by The Bluegrass Five from 9 to 10 a.m. Main Street Manager Tamyra Vest said the market always offers special treats of music and door prizes and refreshments for its grand opening event each year.

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