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 Winter Blues Farmers' Market and Dine-Around a Huge Success

2/14/2017

Charleston, W.Va. – The 2017 Winter Blues Farmers’ Market and Dine Around was a huge success. More than 4,000 shoppers filled their bags with WV-grown produce, meat and other farm products Sunday, February 12 at the Charleston Civic Center.
“I was expecting a big crowd, but the turnout exceeded anything I could have imagined,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “It is truly amazing to see so many people come out and support their local farmers and producers. I couldn't be happier with the results"
Fifty-seven vendors and nine restaurants took part in the Winter Blues Market. The vendors raked in more than $40,000. The restaurants made nearly $6,000 for a total of $46,055 in four hours. The vendors kept all the profits from the market.
Cathy Hervey, with Family Roots Farm, a maple syrup producer, said it was a very busy afternoon. “We increased our profits this year by at least 25 percent. The crowd was terrific.”
The Winter Blues Farmers’ Market started out in Morgantown in 2010 with a handful of vendors. In 2015, the event moved to Charleston and it blossomed.
“This year’s market was a dream come true,” said WVU Extension Small Farms Center Director Tom McConnell. “When we started out that first year, we had some wheat, a few berries and some gnarled up potatoes. Compare that to this year’s market. We had hundreds of fruits, vegetables, meats and farm products for sale. I couldn’t have asked for more, and this event is only going to continue to get bigger and bigger.
           The Winter Blues Farmers’ Market and Dine-Around is part of the 2017 Small Farms Conference. The WVU Extension Small Farms Center and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture co-sponsor the event.


Contact Information

Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, 304-558-3708/304-380-3922, cgallagher@wvda.us
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East State Capitol, Room E-28, Charleston, WV, 25305-0170 P: (304) 558-3550 F: (304) 558-2203

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