Chase City farm market in full swing
The Southside Farm Market at Mecklenburg Supply in Chase City is up and running.
The market started its season early opening on April 24 to give the vendors a chance to sell before most markets open and to get feedback from the public before the market season ramped up, according to Market Manager Amanda Hendrick.
The market is open every Friday from noon to 6 p.m. located in the lot next to Mecklenburg Supply, with various homegrown and homemade products available for purchase.
A few of the regular vendors that are present at the market every week include Bad Dog Soaphouse, Sweet Tooth, Jenny’s Creations and Circle H Farms.
Theresa De King, owner and artisan of Bad Dog Soaps, offers all natural, all hand made soaps and beauty products. De King said she just started making her products in November and was grateful for the early opening of the Southside Farm Market because it is where she has gathered most of her experience.
Conway King and Michelle King, owners and bakers for Sweet Tooth, bring out tables full of sweet treats including cakes, pies and cobblers every week at the Southside Farm Market. Conway King said he and his wife have been baking and selling in various farm markets around the state, and they are glad to add the Southside Farm Market to their list.
Jennifer Matthews, artist for Jenny’s Creations, has various art pieces for sale. Matthews said she started creating her pieces in December, but she was starting to make so many that her husband suggested she start selling them. Taking that suggestion she sets up her tent at the Southside Farm Market every week to showcase her various pieces that range from paintings to hand made jewelry.
Eddie and Amanda Hite, owners of Circle H Farms, provide homegrown and farm-raised meat and vegetables every week at the Southside Farm Market. The Hites provide farm fresh beef and pork as well as a wide variety of seasonal produce that they grow without the use of pesticides.
Hendrick said she works hard to ensure that the vendors at the Southside Farm Market are selling only hand made or homegrown items to make sure the customers are purchasing directly from the producer.
When a new vendor joins the market, Hendrick said before they are able to set up their products she first inspects each item to ensure they have brought the correct items and to be sure they are the direct producer of the items.
As well as the regular vendors Hendrick tries to include one not for profit vendor at each week’s market to promote what the organization has to offer.
Last Friday, on hand was The Food Truck, which collects edible items from each vendor to combine and cook into a meal to show customers one meal option they can create solely from items at the market.
On June 16 the local 4-H members will be setting up a tent to sell the produce they have worked hard on growing in their community garden.
To become a vendor at the Southside Farm Market you can contact Amanda Hendrick by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, calling (434) 372-3107 or stopping by Mecklenburg Supply to pick up your application today.
The market will not be open all year so come while you can and purchase the hand made and homegrown products that local producers have to sell. The last open market date is scheduled for Oct. 6 in conjunction with the annual Family Farm Festival that will include fun for all ages. Come out and support your local producers at the Southside Farm Market and enjoy the old-fashioned games and festivities the Family Farm Festival has to offer all at the same location.
For more information on the Southside Farm Market and to keep up to date on what each week’s market will have to offer visit the Southside Farm Market at Mecklenburg Supply Facebook page.