CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture
(WVDA) is now taking applications for vendors who wish to participate in the
Winter Blues Farmers Market. The market will take place Saturday, Feb. 16,
1-5 p.m. at the Charleston Coliseum and Conference Center. The Winters Blues
Farmers Market originally took place in 2009 as a way to increase access to
fresh foods outside the growing season.
“The Winter Blues
Farmers Market is a great event that highlights West Virginia food and
agriculture-based artisan and crafted products,” said Commissioner of
Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “As innovations allow farmers to extend the
growing season, climate is becoming less of a factor on what and when we can
eat locally. This is a great opportunity for producers to showcase their
available on the WVDA’s website at https://agriculture.wv.gov. Vendors in years past sold everything from just-bottled maple
syrup to heirloom popcorn, farm-fresh eggs to goats’ milk soap. Producers
will also have fresh vegetables grown in greenhouses and high tunnels in the
middle of winter. Craft items must use materials produced or grown in West
Virginia. Booths are $75 per vendor.
“We have to get
folks to start treating agribusiness like any other. Part of that is an
awareness that agricultural products are available even in the colder
seasons,” Leonhardt said. “We hope to expand on past successful markets and
have an even larger group of vendors this year.”
Last year’s Winter
Blues featured 59 vendors, thousands of shoppers and $36,000 in sales. All
the money went straight to the producers. This year, organizers hope to
feature even more West Virginia Grown products.
For questions or
more information, contact Connie Tolley at 304-558-2210 or firstname.lastname@example.org.