Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.
Managing Spotsy’s farmers market
Supervisors last night approved creating a part-time position to manage the farmers market. Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent John Howe told the board that 4,500 area residents shop at the local farmers markets in Fredericksburg, King George and Spotsylvania each week. And 2,500 shop at Spotsylvania’s market each week.
The person in the new position should help market the market, find new vendors, expand to more locations and more days, and help things run smoothly, Howe said.
The position will cost $16,000 and was already included in the county budget.
Supervisor Hap Connors suggested the county do more than expand the farmers market and suggested a community garden at Lick Run, a place where residents could learn more about farming and healthy eating.
The whole discussion made me more interested in the farmers market and its role in the Spotsylvania community. Do you use the farmers market? If so, how often do you shop there? And why?