Uptown Martinsville Farmers Market Postponing Extended Hours Due to Harsh Winter
By Tola Adamson
Martinsville, VA - All the extreme cold weather we had last winter is long gone, but a local farmers market is still feeling the effects.The Farmers Market in Uptown Martinsville just announced they'll have to postpone their extended hours because the harsh winter delayed their produce.The market is now having to adjust their weekday opening hours, because there just isn't enough produce to sell right now. They started their Saturday hours at the end of April selling baked goods, crafts, flowers, plants and a small amount of vegetables.They were supposed to begin both extended hours next week, but will now have their Wednesday hours (7 a.m. to noon) starting June 25 and their Monday evening hours (4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) in the middle of July.The manager of the Farmers' Market, Pat Folio, said they have about 16 farm vendors, most of them in Rocky Mount, but the harvest is late this year. The bitterly cold temperatures followed by heat and then frost in the middle of May has left them with limited fruit and vegetables to sell.Folio said once the season is in full swing they'll plenty of fresh produce."We're looking the middle of July through probably the middle of September, we're looking at tomatoes and corn and potatoes and sweet potatoes and onions, just all the vegetables you can imagine. We'll have some fruits as well," Folo said. Although they've had to postponed extend hours, the farmers' market is still staying busy. They have a free cooking demonstration by chef Artemus Brower on June 21. They also have a free gardeners workshop with every fourth Saturday of the month.
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