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Downtown market to have final First Saturday, kick off Food Day Celebration

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Here’s a press release from the Fredericksburg Farmers Market about fall happenings:

The Fredericksburg Farmers Market will host the last First Saturday of the season with the Harvest Festival, a family fun event celebrating our local farmers, on October 5, 2013 at Hurkamp Park from 7am – 2pm. The success of the expanded market, also known as First Saturday, has been due to our loyal local farmers that are committed to bringing the residents of Fredericksburg fresh produce, meats, and homemade goods on a weekly basis. Attendance is expected exceed 1000+ customers throughout the day.

The Harvest Festival will feature a mini pumpkin patch, perfect for tiny pumpkin pickers. For a $2 donation, kids can choose a small pumpkin and decorate it at the Fredericksburg Parent booth. We will also have the Maranatha Alpacas, face painting, kettle corn and live music from Marenje. Customers can also pick up locally grown items for their seasonal decor like mums, corn stalks, and specialty pumpkins.

Market Managers Gayle Price and Mike Morelli agree, “Farmers markets in general and ours specifically have a very positive impact on the local economy. Not only do the farmers generate sales tax revenue for the City, they also put more money back into the economy than local box stores and customers who shop at the market stay Downtown and spend more money with local merchants. It’s a tidal wave effect.”

One of the big initiatives this First Saturday will be kicking off the City’s Food Day celebration with a Buy One, Bag One food drive in cooperation with the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank. “It’s hard for people in need to get fresh food through local food pantries. We’re helping the Food Bank to get those healthy, fresh foods out to those who need them most. We recommend customers Buy One item for themselves and Bag One for a family in need,” says Gayle Price. Customers can turn in the Food Bank donation bag to the Food Bank tent and get a tax deductible receipt for their donation. Cash donations will also be accepted. Central Regional Rappahannock Library (CRRL), a partner in the Food Day celebration, will be offering healthy living events throughout the month of October at various library branches.

In addition to the popular regular Saturday vendors, our partners Central Regional Rappahannock Library (CRRL), Fredericksburg City Schools Nutrition Services, Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center (FAMCC), and Vegucation will also be on-site. Other vendors that will be present include Blenheim Organic Gardens, FoodE, Ginas Jams, Knick Knack Paddy Whack Dog Bakery, Hardcorner Farms, UMW’s Sustainability Committee, and local wine tastings from General’s Ridge Winery.