By LAURA ENDERSON
Fresh, locally grown foods are substantial to the area. On Saturday, April 20, the community will get the chance to meet local growers and producers at the third annual Blossom and Grow Fest.
“We’ve seen this event bring the broad community together and foster the local economy, plus inspire new entrepreneurs in agriculture and baking,” Lineweaver said.
The festival showcases small farmers and promotes fresh local food by featuring meet-and-greet booths so farmers can tell their story to the public. Booths will also include marketing materials and products for sale.
“We are giving local foods farmer/producers an opportunity to market themselves to a broader public for free and in a fun venue where they can meet potential customers,” said Southwest Virginia Fresh chair Debbie Lineweaver. “Even if they don’t have products to sell right now, it’s a huge selling point for local foods customers to see local faces associated with their foods and learn where and how to buy from them.”
The festival will take place at the Draper Mercantile from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and will have kids’ activities, a baking contest and live music, locally made pastries and breads, breakfast and lunch specials at the Blue Door Café and ice cream.
The festival is being held by Southwest Virginia Fresh, formerly Pulaski Fresh. Southwest Virginia Fresh is a community service organization that strives to create and promote a thriving local foods economy by connecting growers and producers with consumers throughout Southwest Virginia.
Interested growers and producers should contact Suzie Richert at email@example.com or 276-389-9306