Sunday, March 21, 2010

2010 Botetourt Farmers' Market Season Starting

Hello to all. It's time to let you all know that the market will start up gradually at Ikenberry's in Daleville. You can expect to start seeing farmer/vendors on the porch in early April, or even through the end of March if the weather is nice.

Naturally, there isn't much produce available yet, but there should be eggs, baked goods, canned goods, and soap.

We are having a big Market "kick-off" on May the 1st. It will take place on that morning at the Ikenberry's 230 year-old cabin on one of the farms where they grow apples and pumpkins. We are hoping that the apple trees will be in bloom.

Farmer/Vendors, including all three Botetourt County wineries will be there with goods to sell and/or contact information and lists of available goods for sale.

Tickets for the event are $5.00. You can contact a farmer in the group or stop in at Ikenberry's. There will be a band: Grass Monkey. Dogtown Pizza will be there.

This is a lovely setting for a laid-back celebration of Spring from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

This year, we hope that the Botetourt Farmers' Market will grow. The Ikenberry's are building us a permanent roofed market structure at the store and we'll continue our 8 a.m. - (roughly) 1 p.m. schedule starting May 7th and through the market season.

We hope to see you there.  By the way, we are accepting vendor applications from farmers in Botetourt County and locations up to 50 miles from our boundaries.  We require contact information and a membership fee of $10.00 ANNUALLY for the privilege of selling at the market.  Our vendors must be producers, rather than re-sellers and certify that any non-food items have been produced on their farms or at their homes with locally produced materials.

We've purposely kept the cost low for the farmers and do not charge any weekly fees for participation.  You'll find a link to the application on this blog and on our BFF website.  Alternatively, if you stop in at Ikenberry's someone can direct you to a contact to request a paper copy of the Vendor application.  We also welcome community non-producer members who are interested in promoting and supporting the market.

Come join us if you are interested in healthy, locally produced food.

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