McKenney Farmers’ Market gears up for April 27 opening

By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Email: Click Here
Posted: Apr. 21, 2018 | 2:25 p.m. 

MCKENNEY – Dinwiddie has finally shaken off the long-lingering winter of 2017-2018. How can this be independently verified and corroborated? Why by the long-awaited opening of the McKenney Farmers Market of course!

The McKenney Farmers’ Market is the absolute best place in all of Dinwiddie County and Central Virginia to find locally-produced pork products, zucchini pickles, blueberry jam, whole wheat bread, apple pie, fresh cinnamon buns, and a myriad of locally-grown fruits and vegetables. 

You can visit McKenney Farmers’ Market to find all these delicacies and so much more! The market will open this year on Friday, April 27, and will be open from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Friday afternoons, throughout the season, rain or shine. The Market is conveniently located beside Route 40, 10402 Doyle Boulevard, McKenney. 

“Farmers’ markets provide you with higher-quality food with a superior taste,” said Jewel Yoder, Vendor and Market Committee Representative. “Visitors continue to return to the market each year from McKenney, and from all over Dinwiddie County, the Tri-Cities, and as far away as Richmond, because the small market has a large variety of homemade goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a friendly atmosphere. Folks just enjoy coming out, discovering what’s new at the market, and socializing with others.”

Westover Farm always has the freshest produce! (McKenney Farmers’ Market)

Farmers’ markets continue to be a growing trend that helps to fill the need for fresh fruit and produce in food deserts. Many smaller rural areas do not have the big chain grocery stores where fresh fruits and vegetables are less expensive and plentiful. Farmers’ Markets are helping to fill this void. Residents also like the fact that they can enjoy food fresh from a local farm while helping support local farmers.

Some of the advantages of shopping at the McKenney Farmers’ Market are that you can purchase meat and eggs produced in humane conditions; you can connect with where your food came from, and actually talk to the person who baked your pie or grew the produce; you can get cooking tips for the produce you purchase; and shopping is a pleasurable trip, that is so much more than just picking up the weekly groceries.

“We so much appreciate the strong support from the people of McKenney, and Central and Southside Virginia. We have customers who come nearly every week and have been coming since the market started in 2014,” said Yoder.

Westover Farm’s strawberries will be available during the spring markets. These tasty berries are handpicked just a mile down the road from the market. If you want your strawberries already processed, you will want to try homemade strawberry jam or fresh strawberry pie! Fresh blackberries from the farm will be available later in the season.

Gaskin Nurseries has a variety of azaleas, ornamental shrubs, perennial, and annual plants for very reasonable prices. Mr. Gaskin is always available and is happy to answer your botanical questions.

Several vendors will be selling a large variety of fresh homemade baked goods such as breads, pies, cakes, sweet breads, dinner rolls, cinnamon buns, cookies, and granola. There are also home-canned products such as a wide variety of jams, jellies, and pickles. Locally-produced pork and eggs are also available.

Jolly Holly Farmstead offers grilled chicken approximately once a month—and it is a real crowd pleaser!  They plan to grill on the first market day of the season, April 27. 

Additional dates of their grilling will be announced on the Facebook page. Dinners include grilled chicken leg/thigh or boneless chicken breast with side dishes of potato salad or coleslaw, and a dinner roll. These dinners can go fast, so if you are tired of cooking, here is a Friday evening lip-smacking solution.

What’s this — live entertainment — you just never know what to expect when you come out to the McKenney Farmers Market (McKenney Farmers Market)

Check out the McKenney Farmers’ Market Facebook page at http://Facebook.com/mckenneyfarmersmarket, and follow them weekly to receive updates about the vendors that will be at each week’s market, in-season products, and special events.

Special events at last year’s market included a performance by the Good News Gospel Band, Blessings of the Animals, sand art, a petting zoo, Creek Critters Rehab, and the Fall Festival.

The market is currently accepting additional vendors to display and sell their goods produced in Virginia. If you are a small home business looking for more ways to distribute your product, consider joining the McKenney Farmers’ Market this season. Market applications are available on the county website and entrance fees are very affordable. For more information on joining, contact Brian, at (804) 712-3652.

“The market is such an important resource for produce and other products that our community wants. It’s also important as a meeting place for community members that don’t get to come together in other venues,” said Cheryl Epp, Vendor and Market Committee Representative.

Mark your calendars! Make sure to attend the Market on April 27, the first day of McKenney Farmers’ Market’s fifth season. You won’t want to miss one single thing!

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