More than 250 people came to the grand opening of the new Hillsboro Farmers Market at the grounds of Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Saturday, May 19 at 8:30 a.m. After a welcome by market managers Randy and Sara Lawrence, they were joined by Dave Stagmeyer, a representative for Congressman Wolf; Hillsboro Mayor Roger Vance; and Hillsboro Community Association President Mark Ware to cut the ribbon and officially open the market. Other officials who joined us opening day included Blue Ridge District Supervisor Janet Clarke, Purcellville Mayor Bob Lazaro, and Kellie Bolles with Loudoun County Economic Development.
After the opening ceremony, visitors shopped at the stands of 16 local vendors, and enjoyed music by the Loudown Travelers and Shorthill Mountain Boys, as well as a yarn spinning demonstration by Janet Brown. The first 10 customers got a free Hillsboro Farmers Market bag, and everyone had a chance to win tickets donated by the Bluemont Concert Series for their contra dance held at the Old Stone School that evening.
The market, which will be open Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through mid-October, features fresh, local produce, meats, and prepared foods. There will also be local musicians, demonstrations, and educational activities throughout the season.
Hillsboro Farmers Market is jointly hosted by the Hillsboro Community Association—the non-profit dedicated to maintaining Hillsboro’s Old Stone School—and the Town of Hillsboro, and is sponsored by Fieldstone Farm, Grandale Farm Restaurant, Hill Tom Market, Loudoun Valley Roofing, Magnolias at the Mill, Mr. Print, Purcellville Copy, Silverbrook Farm Bed and Breakfast, Trails End Cycling Co, and Zurschmeide Contracting. Part of the proceeds from the market will support Hillsboro’s Old Stone School.
For a complete list of farmers who will be at the Hillsboro Farmers Market each week, and for more information, visit www.HillsboroFarmersMarket.org.