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
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.
Crescent Gallagher, Communications Director, 304-558-3708/304-380-3922, firstname.lastname@example.org