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Summer 2012 Brings More Opportunities to Put Local Produce on the KitchenTable

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader filed under Farm and garden, Lifestyle No Comments

The “Buy Local” movement is building steam in western Loudoun County with the opening of two new farm markets – one of which seeks to grow into a full-fledge local products grocery store.

The New Lovettsville Cooperative Market

The Lovettsville Cooperative Market (LCM) and Market Table Bistro (MTB) – Lovettsville’s newest destination restaurant – have launched a new farm market in this very active community.

The market opened on Sunday, June 3, and will be open every Sunday through September. The location is 2 North Light Street, in the parking lot of Dr. Carroll Johnston, just behind Market Table Bistro, off West Broadway in downtown Lovettsville.

Like other area farm markets, the Lovettsville Cooperative Farm Market offers a variety of fresh produce, meats, eggs, and other local goods. A few “micro-local” farmers and producers from the immediate area who do not sell at other area summer farm markets, including Millcreek Farm, Quarter Branch Farm, and Onyx Hill Farm, are also participating.

“We are excited to be able to find a way to bring fresh, local produce to Lovettsville and other area residents in a way that works for everyone,” said Warren Howell, chair of the market’s planning committee and vice-chair of the LCM. “Lovettsville has seen markets come and go in the past but, with this new model, we think we’ll be able to successfully meet everyone’s needs.”

LCM sees the new Cooperative Farm Market as a win-win for the Co-op and the community.

For the Co-op, the Farm Market showcase some of the products a local cooperative grocery market would offer in the future.

Local farmers also benefit by having one more outlet for their goods, helping to build their small businesses further. The Farm Market will be open on Sundays to avoid competition with the Saturday markets held in other parts of the county.

The Farm Market will also be a stepping stone toward building relationships with both the community and producers on the way to a full-fledged brick-and-mortar food market. As the Co-op’s grocery store takes shape, this new business in Lovettsville will bring jobs and potentially more businesses to Lovettsville.

“I can see that together LCM members and local food producers have what it takes to grow an abundant and cooperative community right here in our town,” says Hana Funk, volunteer general manager of the Farm Market. “It’s been a pleasure working with and getting to know other LCM members on this project. We all share a passion for fresh local food.”

The June 3 kick-off market day featured live music, refreshments and lots of fresh, local produce and other goods.

The New Hillboro Farm Market

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.
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.

Visitors shopped at the stands of 16 local vendors, and enjoyed music by the Loudoun Travelers and Shorthill Mountain Boys, as well as a yarn spinning demonstration by Janet Brown.

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. Please come by and visit us to shop, dine, and spend some time.

For more information on Lovettsville, go to www.lovettsville-grocery.com. For more information on Hillsboro, visit www.HillsboroFarmersMarket.org.

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