The Blacksburg Farmers Market
, which started in the mid-1980s is now a growing and thriving year-round market and community gathering place located at the corner of Roanoke St. and Draper Rd. With 45+ vendors, the Market offers a diverse array of products such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, free range meat, farm fresh eggs, cut flowers, prepared foods, and baked goods, jams, jellies, plant starts, artisan woodwork and ironwork, honey, beeswax candles, homemade body products, medicinal tinctures and teas and much, much more! Come check it out all year round:
The Blacksburg Farmers Market is operated by the Friends of the Farmers Market, a 501 c3 organization that works to:
*Support beginning and established farmers
*Promote public health by increasing knowledge about the nutritional benefits of locally produced and sustainably grown food
*Assist low-income people and seniors with access to affordable healthy food
*To educate children about health issues and sustainable agriculture
*Promote the economic vitality of downtown Blacksburg
Your donation will support the following:
In 2009 Ferguson Enterprises generously donated a commercial oven to the Blacksburg Farmers Market, spurring the idea for the Mobile Kitchen—a transportable kitchen built for use at the Market as a venue for nutrition education from community health experts, and a place to highlight local seasonal foods through cooking demonstrations and food tastings. Spring 2010 marked the beginning of the design and construction phase of the project, as the Friends of the Farmer’s Market (FFM) teamed up with the Virginia Tech Department of Building Construction, the Community Design and Assistance Center, a trans-disciplinary team of students from Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Building Construction, along with the Health Department and area chefs in order to create a flexible and certifiable design that would optimally serve its intended purpose. With generous funding from The Community Foundation of the New River Valley and numerous community members, construction of the Mobile Kitchen was completed in time for the annual Squash Bash festival at the Market in October 2013. Looking towards the future we are going to rebrand the Mobile Kitchen as a Mobile Market. With the Mobile Market we will be able to do cooking demonstrations as well as bring local and fresh produce to various areas in the New River Valley and help expand our reach for our SNAP Double Value Incintive Prgram as well as Market Kids. We are excited to embark on this transformation but will need lots of financial help along the way to achieve this goal.
The Blacksburg Farmers Market (BFM) has been accepting SNAP (formerly known as Foodstamps) as payment since July 2011 and has utilized a Double Value Incentive Program to attract and retain low-income customers to our Market since July 2012. The SNAP Double Value Program serves as a monetary subsidy and incentive for all SNAP customers that shop at the Market. Currently, we are offering a doubling value of up to $30 per person per market. This has been increased from $10 in 2015! For example, a SNAP shopper can come to the Market information table, swipe $30 off their SNAP card, and receive 60 of tokens to shop. This program not only gives SNAP recipients affordable access to healthy food, but boosts the local economy. The tokens can only be spent at the BFM, which means the money stays circulating within a 50 mile radius—the maximum distance at which any Market product must be produced.
The Double Value Incentive Program relies solely on community support and donations. Please help us to keep this program alive so that all of our friends and neighbors in the NRV can continue to have access to local healthy food!