Summer Solstice at the Farmers Market

Peas, summer squash and corn showed up in the market on Saturday so summer must have arrived in time for the solstice and Super Moon on Saturday. The last of the strawberries disappeared early during last Saturday’s market but as blueberries are beginning to come in, and we hope to have those in the market next week. There will be a greater variety of fresh cut flowers as well as bread.

We have a new vendor: Grateful Bread made their first appearance last Saturday and did well, almost selling out of their wonderful bread and cinnamon rolls. Dan Sweeney or Lester Gillespie will be manning their table. The bakery is located near the market on Old Hensley Road behind El Charro. They plan to offer ham and cheese rolls with an apricot glaze and lemonade as well as their white, lemon sweet, whole wheat, and olive breads.

Buffalo Mountain Kombucha was in the market on Saturday but will not make an appearance next Saturday. Vendor Cassie Pierce wishes to assure her patrons that she will be back in the market in July.

Bob and Cliff played for us and were joined by Frank D’Amico on the drum for a couple of songs. Next week Scott Perry and his students will play for us.

Kathy Dulaney of Highland Farms is working on the hand woven basket which will hold the market produce that will be raffled as a Floyd Farmers Market Basket in July. More on that event as the basket nears completion! See Kathy at work on the basket on our Floyd Farmers Market Facebook June 22 photos album at The basket will be large in diameter but shallow to provide enough room for all the produce that will be raffled, without crushing the more tender produce.

We are also participating in the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Virginia Grown Program’s own raffle of a market basket with a value of $250 in October. For information on how to participate in their “Fresh, Farm, Pledge” raffle, come to the Information Table when you arrive to the market for more details on how to make the pledge.

On Saturday, another Floyd County SNAP beneficiary discovered our EBT services and Double Value Matching Program. He went away from the market happy! If you or anyone that you know need and use SNAP benefits and have an EBT card, you can take advantage of our EBT Services and Double Value Matching Program, too. For every $1.00 of SNAP benefit transacted at the EBT/SNAP Information Table, Sustain Floyd matches with a $1.00 token up to a limit of $50.00 of EBT credit, for a maximum total of $100. We only ask that you spend it all on the same day at the Floyd Farmers Market on our fresh produce and other market products!

See you on Saturday at the market under the Floyd Community Pavilion from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.!

— Marsha Krigsvold

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