Charleston, WV – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture
(WVDA) announced the dates for the Winter Blues Farmers’ Market North and South
events. Winter Blues North will take place on Thursday, February 22nd from 4-8 p.m. at the Morgantown Event Center.
Winter Blues South will take place on Sunday, March 4th from 12:30-5 p.m. at the Charleston Civic
Center. The events are intended to highlight West Virginia food and
agriculturally based artisan or crafted products.
agriculture are allowing farmers to extend the growing season. Climate is
becoming less of a factor on what we can eat locally,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt.
Vendors from across
the state will feature their best products, from just-bottled maple syrup to
heirloom popcorn, farm-fresh eggs to goats’ milk soap. Shoppers will also find
fresh vegetables grown in greenhouses and high tunnels in the middle of winter.
Craft items must use materials produced or grown in West Virginia.
“We hope people come
out and support their local farmers. This is a great event that a lot of people
look forward to each winter,” Leonhardt said. “Our aim is to have even more
vendors than previous years.”
Last year’s Winter
Blues South featured 57 vendors and 4,000-plus shoppers for a total of $46,000
in sales. All the money went straight to the producers. This year, organizers
hope to feature even more West Virginia products.
Space is still available for producers at Winter
Blues South. Booths are $75 per vendor. For more information, contact Connie
Tolley at 304-558-2210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, email@example.com, 304-558-3708 or 304-380-3922