Catawba Valley Farmers’ Market returns

Published: May. 5, 2022 at 4:25 AM EDT
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FINCASTLE, Va. (WDBJ) - Catawba Valley Farmers’ Market is back.

The farmers’ market first opened in 2010, and has grown a lot since then.

“It’s like a family reunion,” said Pam Garman, an organizer and vendor at the market.

Organizers say all foods and handicrafts are grown or produced within 100 miles of the market, but most are grown within a few miles.

There will be dozens of vendors to choose from each week.

For some vendors, like the Bower’s at Hillside Plants and Produce, they say preparations start at the beginning of the year.

”Well, we start out in the spring. I say spring, it’s actually January, starting tomatoes. And we also get our flowers about the first of February, and we get them started and our target date is Mothers’ Day. For all of the worst. That’s when all the flowers have to be gone,” said Dean Bower, owner of Hillside Plants & Produce.

As an added convenience for customers, the market uses the “Wooden Nickel” program. It works similarly to an ATM. All you have to do is take a credit/debit card to the Manager’s table and you decide the amount you want to charge to your card.

The market all kicks off at 3:00 p.m. and goes until 6:30 p.m. at the Catawba Community Center.

It runs until the third week of October, rain or shine.

To learn more you can visit the Catawba Valley Farmers Market’s website.

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