We received the 2nd grant!

What a great way to start the New Year! The Town of Independence has been awarded $150,000 by the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission for the construction of the Independence Farmers Market. In the TRRC Financial Viability Assessment, TRRC staff stated; “This is perhaps the strongest farmers market request seen by the Commission to date, as evidenced by a long track record of operations, site control, well-designed construction plans, committed funding from the Town and USDA, experienced market management, a large producer base (50+, with 20-30 participating most weeks), a strong schedule of events to attract customers to the market, and arguably the best tracking system of producer participation, sales and customers seen in any TRRC-region market.” Click the link to read the full press release.2019.1.8 press release TRRC As reported last November, USDA has committed an additional $175,000 toward the project.

Thanks to EVERYONE for helping to make the IFM the amazing Market it is today and here’s wishing for even more fabulous things in our future!