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Market Closed, Updated Vendor List


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Good evening,

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in the Market this afternoon. We had a record breaking day and it was really great to see so much support in our community for local farmers. A great big thank you to Barbara Moncrief for helping to keep us safe by making us vegetable themed face masks to wear today!

Please stay tuned for Market updates. Right now we plan to close the Market for two weeks as an extra safety precaution to our staff and customers. We will reassess the situation and determine how we can best serve our community in the coming weeks.

If you find that you are in need of local produce and/or meats, here is a list of IFM vendors available for direct sales.

Pulaski Grow!
Lee Spiegel
Pulaskigrow@gmail.com

Eona Farms
Helen Beamer
helenbeamer@yahoo.com
276-730-4788
Quarter of beef (156 lb.) ready for delivery. First come first serve.

Peaceful Heart Farm
Melanie Hall
melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com
www.peacefulheartfarm.com
276-694-4369
I have 2 beef quarters that are ready for pickup – first come, first serve.

Heaven on Earth
Laura Wright
Scottandlaurawright@gmail.com
276-868-8780
Eggs $4.00

Mountain Memories
Mark and Dawn Rhudy
mark.dawnrhudy@yahoo.com
Text: 276-655-4744
For products visit our website:
http://mtnmemoriesfarm.com/

We hope that we are being overly cautious and will not hesitate to reopen in 2 weeks if we feel we can do so without putting everyone at risk. Please stay tuned for updates and stay at home if you can. Looking forward to brighter days.

With love,

The Independence Farmers Market Managers

Important Update and Market closes Monday night at 8pm!


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Good afternoon,

Please place your Online Market order by 8 pm Monday night. After pick up this Wednesday, it is with heavy hearts that Michelle and I have decided to close the Online Market for two weeks.

In case you haven’t been checking the Virginia Department of Health page, there is a confirmed case of Covid 19 in Galax. The reality of the situation suddenly being in our neighborhood has forced us to reconsider keeping the online Market open. We all have families and many of our customers are in the high risk category. The thought of our actions making someone sick is truly terrifying.

We’ll be making a public announcement via our Facebook page tomorrow, but we wanted to give those already with active accounts a chance to place orders today.

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Some of our vendors have requested that we share their contact information directly with you in case you are interested in arranging direct sales with them while the Online Market is closed. Here is the information I have below:

Peaceful Heart Farm
Melanie Hall
melanie@peacefulheartfarm.com
www.peacefulheartfarm.com
276-694-4369
I have 2 beef quarters that are ready for pickup – first come, first serve.

Heaven on Earth
Laura Wright
Scottandlaurawright@gmail.com
276-868-8780
Eggs $4.00

Mountain Memories
Mark and Dawn Rhudy
mark.dawnrhudy@yahoo.com
Text: 276-655-4744
For products visit our website:
http://mtnmemoriesfarm.com/

We hope that we are being overly cautious and will not hesitate to reopen in 2 weeks if we feel we can do so without putting everyone at risk. Please stay tuned for updates. Looking forward to brighter days.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!,

Abby

Market is OPEN for April 1st pickup!


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Good evening,

Thank you to everyone who participated in our first curbside pickup. We appreciate your patience as we work out all of the kinks. A huge thank you to Caroline Clough for helping out at the Market tonight!

Again, next Wednesday, we ask that all customers stay in their cars and wait for products to be delivered to your window. If possible, please have a check ready with your total (if you order meat by the pound, your total will be different, Michelle will let you know on Wednesday what you owe). We also accept SNAP, if you can, let us know if you plan to use your SNAP/EBT card before you arrive so we can have the machine ready when you get to pickup. Feel free to text or call Abby at 541-243-3899 to let her know when you will arrive, otherwise, we’ll keep an eye out for you and have your order bagged and ready to go.

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Upcoming Events:

Just kidding, stay at home and we can gather again when it’s safe to do so.

If you have any questions, let us know! Peace, love and hugs to each one of you!

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Market closes Monday night at 8 pm!


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Good morning,

I hope everyone is doing well and not too stir crazy. A HUGE thank you to everyone out there on the front lines. If you need food this week, remember to place your Online Order by Monday night at 8 pm.

If you placed an order, but you’re not feeling well or someone else in your house is not well, please don’t hesitate to cancel your order. we’re all trusting each other to do the right thing right now.

This Wednesday, we ask that all customers stay in their cars and wait for products to be delivered to your window. If possible, please have a check ready with your total (if you order meat by the pound, your total will be different, Michelle will let you know on Wednesday what you owe). Feel free to text or call Abby at 541-243-3899 to let her know when you will arrive, otherwise, we’ll keep an eye out for you and have your order bagged and ready to go.

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

If you have any questions, let us know! Peace, love and hugs to each one of you!

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Market is OPEN for March 25th pickup!


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Good evening,

I hope everyone out there is well! Our Market pickup went great tonight, a huge thank you to everyone who participated.

Next week, we ask that all customers stay in their cars and wait for products to be delivered to your window. If possible, please have a check ready with your total (if you order meat by the pound, your total will be different, Michelle will let you know on Wednesday what you owe). Feel free to text or call Abby at 541-243-3899 to let her know when you will arrive, otherwise, we’ll keep an eye out for you and have your order bagged and ready to go.

Please stay tuned for updates, as you know, conditions are rapidly changing day by day. Shopping locally may have never been so important, thank you all for the continued support. Virtual hugs to everyone, you guys are the best!

If you have some extra time, and let’s face it, most of us do, plant a garden! You can even save on shipping and order Southern Exposure Seeds on the Online IFM!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

IFM Statement on Covid 19


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Friends of the Market,

Considering all of the recent closures, you are probably wondering how the Market will proceed in this unpredictable and dangerous health crisis. While it seems prudent to close schools and postpone gatherings centered on worship, art classes, social activities, workouts, etc; food is a basic necessity. We all need to eat. Unless your pantry is full, trips to the grocery or market will be necessary. In other words, just like health workers, food growers and purveyors must remain at their post to continue feeding our families. With that call-to-duty in mind, the Independence Farmers Market wants to continue providing our community with healthy foods and is taking steps to minimize risks to our farmers, vendors, customers, and staff.

According the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS), there are no known cases of sickness transmitted by food or food packaging. But, we must remain vigilant. So, although current and long standing food safety procedures practiced by our farmer/vendors already lowers the risk of food borne illnesses, we will be taking additional measures to limit close proximity contact while exchanging goods for payment during our Online Market pickup. In addition, we are researching further measures to implement once our Outdoor Market begins in early May.

In effect immediately at the Online Market:

1. All famers/vendors/staff must review the Food Safety and Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) are implemented at their farms and ensure these practices are being closely adhered to. You can find links to this information at the Independence Farmers Market Website http://independencefarmersmarket.org/info-for-vendors/food-safety-for-vendors/

2. Online Market staff will wash hands often and avoid repeatedly touching products displayed for pickup. Vendors can help with this by clearly marking the product and to whom it goes.

3. Our Online customers may elect to park at the curb during pick-up hours and text the manager your arrival. The staff will bring the products to your car if desired.

4. We ask that our customers pay with check to avoid unnecessary exchanges of cash. Vendors will be reimbursed by check as well per a negotiated schedule.

5. SNAP will be accepted, measures will be taken to sanitize the cards and machine after each use.

6. Farmers/vendors who feel ill will suspend their products from the online market until they’ve been cleared by medical authority.

As always, we appreciate our communities’ concerns and want to hear your feedback. If you have ideas or witnessed other safe practices we can implement, please forward them to us at independencefarmersmarket@gmail.com.

One other thing you can do to help the IFM to remain operating during this time of crisis, is take a quick minute to sign this petition from the Virginia Farmers Market Association and circulate it widely.

Sincerely,

The Independence Farmers Market

Market closes Monday night at 8 pm!


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Good morning,

Be sure to get your Market order in by tomorrow night. Thank goodness for local food economies at a time like this! Remember, if you aren’t feeling well, just let us know. Stay safe and healthy out there, friends!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Market is OPEN for March 18th pickup!


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Good evening,

The Online Market is open for new orders! Who else is getting excited about Spring!?

On a different note, if you are feeling under the weather and can’t pick up your order for the week, just let us know. If you are totally freaked out about getting sick and would like to keep all human contact to a minimum, just add a note to your order that you’d like curbside service and we’ll bring your orders out to the car! On Wednesdays, I can be reached best by phone or text, 541-243-3899.

Save on shipping and order Southern Exposure Seeds on the Online IFM!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Upcoming Events:

Grayson LandCare is pleased to announce Britt Boucher as the featured speaker for March. Mr Boucher, a forester, will speak on best forest management practices for landowners on Monday March 16 from 7-8pm. The presentation will begin after a brief monthly update. Britt will discuss the plan he has developed: A Forest Future Vision.

Join Common Ground for Spring Equinox Yoga on Thursday, March 19 at 5:30 pm! We will gather at the Hillsville Presbyterian Church (172 S Main St, Hillsville, VA 24343). Set your spring intention & share your ideas for the community garden! Perfect for beginners and experienced yogis of all ages.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Market closes Monday night at 8 pm!


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Good morning,

Enjoy this beautiful day and don’t forget to place your Online Market order before 8 pm tomorrow night. Happy almost Spring, friends!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Market is OPEN for March 11th pickup!


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Good evening,

Thank you all for choosing to shop on the Online Market! You guys really are the best and we love being a part of the local economy with each and every one of you!

Save on shipping and order Southern Exposure Seeds on the Online IFM!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Only two months and five days until the outdoor Market opens on May 8th, woo-hoo!

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby