Farmer’s Market Friday: A Conversation with Clarke County Farmer’s Market

Clarke County Farmers Market

Today’s conversation on The Valley Today with host Janet Michael featured Karie Griffin, Market Manager for Clarke County Farmer’s Market and was the official kickoff to the summer series: Farmer’s Market Fridays. Each month (maybe more!) Janet will highlight a local farmer’s market, fruit stand, or farmer on the show. Click here to have a listen.

Karie gave details for the 27th opening season of Clarke County Farmer’s Market. The market will open at 8am on Saturday, May 7 and then run every Saturday from 8am – 12pm through October. The opening day festivities will feature over 30 vendors, live music, a kid’s craft table, and a petting zoo.

Karie explained what kind of planning goes into making the market a success each year including the committee that works behind the scenes year-round to secure vendors and sponsors. The market is a 501(c)3. She gave a rundown of the the vendors you can expect to see throughout the season – some are there every week while others have a rotating schedule or come later in the season depending on their offerings/growth schedule. They talked about the other things you can find at the market like the products from local makers in our area as well as local, live entertainment.

The market accepts vendors from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Vendors must submit applications prior to the start of each market season. You can do that by clicking here.

Market vendors sell the following: fresh fruits, vegetables, fresh and dried herbs, bedding plants, cut flowers, dried flowers and wreaths, home-baked goods (without egg or cream base), local honey, herb vinegars, sweet cider, fresh and/or frozen meats and poultry, eggs, cheeses, properly-labeled home-processed preserves, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes , chutneys, soups, dips, sauces, fermented foods, teas, salves, soap, herbal medicines and artisan craft objects.

She highlighted their location at 317 W. Main Street in Berryville and told Janet how moving there during the pandemic proved to be a good decision that will continue for years (hopefully) to come. There is ample parking and the walking proximity to downtown’s restaurants & shops is less than 10 minutes.

She gave a quick shoutout to their market supporters and sponsors and explained why their dollars are vital to keeping the market coming back year after year.

To stay up to date on which vendors will be at the market each week, follow them on Facebook, and sign up for their newsletter on their website: http://www.clarkecountyfarmersmarket.com/

Cake baking contest for the Laurel Center

The Inaugural Geneva Jackson Cake Baking Contest will be held today to benefit the Laurel Center.

The event will take place at the Clarke County Farmers’ Market on Main Street in Berryville.

All cakes must be entered by 10 am and certified food judge and legendary cook Geneva Jackson will begin judging at 10:30.

The entry fee is $10 per cake with all proceeds going to the Laurel Center.

Prizes will be awarded for the top 3 frosted and un-frosted entries.

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