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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

Last chance to order 4-H Plants!


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Good morning,

Tomorrow will be your last chance to support the Grayson County 4-H program by ordering live strawberry and blueberry plants. This is a great opportunity to support 4-H AND get great deals on quality berry plants! Remember, all payments for these plants are due by Wednesday, March 4th!

There are also a lot of other great products available to order this week! Be sure to get all orders in by tomorrow night at 8 pm. Have a great day!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby

Market is OPEN for March 4th pickup!


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Good evening,

This is the last week to order live strawberry and blueberry plants from Grayson County 4-H. Payment must be submitted by March 4th. Thank you for the support!

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

Market closes Monday night at 8 pm!


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Good evening,

I apologize for the late notice, Century Link has failed to provide us with internet coverage all weekend. Not a bad weekend to not have to be on the computer :) Don’t forget to place your Online Market order!

To Shop: Independence Farmers Market.

Thank you for supporting the Independence Farmers Market!

Abby