There is a special event each Friday in July! Plan to attend Cooking Day, Wellness Day, the Berry Festival and the HWY 21 yard sale. All events are free and occur during the entire Market from 9am to 1pm in Town Park. The Kids Corner is open each Friday from 10-11am with Miss Abby and activities are always free.
Join Chef Jen the first Friday of each month for Cooking Day. July 6 is also Herb Day featuring Hollis Wild and recipes featuring herbs and fresh ingredients from the Market will be prepared. Chef Jen will be joined by Cameron Christensen of Baywood Forest Farm and their products will be featured as well. Learn how to cook fresh, local food and enjoy free samples. The Kids Corner features an herb tasting and yoga.
Wellness Day is Friday July 13. This event is a result of a partnership with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). It has grown each year and now several area health professionals join the regular Market and offer free screenings and information. The Mount Rodgers Health District of VDH will bring their new mobile health unit to the Market. They will assist folks with taking the Grayson County health survey and reward you with a free bone density screening. They’ll also be signing adults up for free or low cost vaccines to be given at the 1908 Courthouse this fall, including the new shingles vaccine. Dr. Karen Hollifield, will be offering short chiropractic adjustments and essential oils to sniff and recipes to share with some free giveaways. Twin County Regional will provide an educational booth with Hands-Only-CPR, EHAC training and information, nutrition, Blood pressure, BMI screenings and more. Dr. Wade Sproviero, will have a chiropractic table along with a massage chair and massage therapist, Dawn Gallimore of Woodlawn to do hands-on services. They will also be showcasing CBD-rich hemp oil used by folks everywhere for a multitude of health needs. Make and eat tasty garden snacks at The Kids Corner from 10-11am!
The 6th Annual Berry Festival is July 20. Thanks to one of our original vendors, Steve Mabe-aka the sweet potato man, for making the suggestion.The Berry Festival features a berry pie contest, free berry tasting, berry pancakes and a berry sorbet fundraiser for the Market. Thanks to River Ridge Organics for donating the berries for the Sorbet fundraiser that is a highlight of Berry Day again this year. River Ridge is a USDA certified berry farm near Mouth of Wilson. You can find their berries at the Friday and On-line Farmers Markets. This year, sorbet will be available by the bowl or frozen pint. Chef Jen Cavey will be making pancakes with berry syrup to benefit the Market as well. Tasting and painting with berries is scheduled at The Kids Corner today.
Be sure to enter the Berry Pie contest sponsored by The Grayson County Historical Society and Skyline Bank. In keeping with the historical theme, this will feature traditional berry pies. Pies are limited to crust, and simple berry filling. The winning entry will receive $100, second place $30 and $20 for third place. Please bring your pies to the Market by 10:00. Judging will begin at 10:30 am. Remaining pies will be sold by the slice to benefit the Market.
July ends with Take a Break from the Interstate Highway 21 yard sale on the 27th. Vendors will be offering yard sale items in addition to fresh local food and artisan crafts. Town Park is open to other vendors Saturday and Sunday; please contact Jeff Miller to reserve a spot. 276-768-7604. The Kids Corner this week features garden creations.