King George NewsApril 26th, 2011, 10:41 am
Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
The place to meet on Saturdays
The King George Farmers Market will open for the 2011 season on Saturday at 8 a.m. at King George Elementary School. At least 14 vendors are expected on the first day.
In recent discussions on the market, Manager DeLaura Padovan told county officials she has been thrilled by the amount of community support. “The general attitude was there are no gathering places for people in King George, unless you are a soccer or baseball parent,” she told the supervisors recently. “The market is becoming the meeting place for people on Saturday mornings.”
I had a story in Sunday’s paper about the market getting $5,000 of unused funds from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. The story included that vendors made $25,000 the first year and twice that much the second year of the market.
A caller didn’t think that was much money for farmers to make–and I just wanted to clarify here that the amount was from sales at the market, NOT anybody’s full-time living. Many of the vendors don’t farm full-time but sell products, such as eggs, flowers and honey, that they’ve raised or grown in their back yard.
One other point to clarify: no county or government funds support the market. In fact, market officials have made it clear they don’t want government support. They got the $5,000 from the Extension service because that money wasn’t being used. It was designated for a new Extension agent–but the state has a hiring freeze in place–and is considered a one-time deal.