Floyd Community Market

Floyd Community Market

The SustainFloyd Farmers Market is a well-loved feature of downtown Floyd, bringing a joyful gathering of community together around the bounty produced by our local farmers and food entrepreneurs. Opened in May 2010, the Floyd Community Market is a 3,000 square-foot timber frame multi-use pavilion located in the center of town. Currently home to the weekly farmers market and artisans market, it connects consumers to locally grown produce and hand crafts. It also provides a stage for local music and community events, additional public parking for downtown Floyd during the week, and has already been the site of three festivals.
SNAP Program

SNAP Program

To provide local food for the whole community, SustainFloyd has provided an EBT (food stamp) machine at the market to receive tokens for purchases from our local growers. The EBT/SNAP benefits program is made possible through New River Valley Community Services, and also offers double-value coupons where the consumer receives a double amount in value of fresh market goods.
Farm to School

Farm to School

SustainFloyd received funding for a two-year project aimed at bringing local foods into the school system, and providing education to students about the value of whole foods. The project allowed our project coordinator Amy Avery Grubel to arrange a number of tastings and lessons in the schools, and to work with kitchen staff and produce buyers to get more fresh food on the school menus. Amy’s work was instrumental in the introduction of a salad bar at the high school. In spite of skepticism about this the salad bar has proved to be popular with students and is a positive outcome from this project.
Refrigerated Truck

Refrigerated Truck

As we researched the needs of local farmers and food entrpreneurs one theme that kept recurring was the need for better transportation and delivery options. This lead us to use grant funding to purchase a second hand refrigerated box truck that can be employed for delivering temperature sensitive food. Gradually we have found that the truck is filling a need in Floyd and during the season is rented 3 or 4 days a week, allowing local producers to make refrigerated deliveries at a reasonable cost.
Experimental Farm

Experimental Farm

Our Blue Valley Organic Farm was founded to test a specific model of farming recommended for our area. The farm ran for two years from 2012 to 2014, producing some fine crops which were sold wholesale and to local restaurants. Finding that this particular model was not a sustainable one for Floyd we decided to discontinue the experiment and move on to other projects.