The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 2, 2013

Beckley Uptown Farmers Market to open July 10

The Beckley Uptown Farmers Market will kick off its 2013 season July 10.

The market will be held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays July through September, weather permitting.

The market location for all days will be the top level of the newly completed Beckley Intermodal Gateway accessed from Neville Street. The Wednesday and Friday Markets will begin at 9 a.m. The Monday market will be in the afternoons, beginning at 3:30 p.m.

With the cost of food rising and concerns for healthy alternatives, the Beckley Uptown Market is a source for locally grown, healthy produce from farmers right here in Southern West Virginia, according to West Virginia Extension Agent David Richmond.

All vendors raise the produce on their own farms in Raleigh and surrounding counties, no out-of-state produce is marketed at this location, so it is important to remember that produce is sold as it comes in season and will be limited until crops reach maturity in our area.

This market is also certified to accept the Senior Nutrition Vouchers as well as WIC vouchers, a federally funded program through the USDA and administered by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture

With the number of buyers growing each year, the demand for the fruits and vegetables has grown. With this in mind, the one thing that is needed to make the market stronger is more vendors. The market is looking for anyone in the area that produces fruit or vegetables and is looking to make additional money.

By adding more vendors and increasing the volume and selection at the market, organizers hope to increase the consumer base.

Any interested producer, large or small, is encouraged to contact Richmond at 304 255-9321.

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