Open for the Community

Ann Taylor Wright cuts the ribbon for the opening of the Southern Virginia Makers Market. (Meredith Baker/South Hill Enterprise)

After five years of work and planning, the Southern Virginia Makers Market opened its doors Thursday, June 13, 2019 to serve as a community classroom, coffee shop, banquet area, business incubator, and the storefront of the Southern Virginia Food Hub, a network of farmers and producers trying to get their products into the hands of people in their communities. Ann Taylor Wright, the food hub’s coordinator, said that, at last count, 122 farmers and artisan producers have signed up to participate.

Currently, the market has a variety of products, including meats, eggs, produce, snack foods, and fresh bread and scones, but Wright said the market will be adding products, and the plan is to begin offering locally-sourced meals for pick-up in July.

“We’re not fully stocked yet; we're still trying to get our legs under us and take things slow,” Wright said.

Thursday’s grand opening started at the Colonial Center with recognitions, a slideshow, and remarks from South Hill Town Manager Kim Callis and Wright before attendees walked next door to see the interior of the market, sample and buy products, and participate in a ribbon cutting.

Callis welcomed attendees to the grand opening and recognized the numerous people and agencies that have provided funding to the food hub or otherwise helped to get the food hub started, including the Tobacco Commission, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, the Virginia Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services, the Town of South Hill, the Southside Planning District Commission, the volunteers, the farmers, the producers, and Wright.

The Southern Virginia Makers Market is open Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and after events at the Colonial Center.

To read the entire article pick up the June 26, 2019 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.