The Local Food Hub, based in a warehouse in Ivy, announced its annual Community Food Awards October 20 and recognized Greenwood Gourmet Grocery as the winner of the Retail Leader Award. Store owners David Atwell and Nina Promisel received a cutting board in the shape of Virginia with the LFH logo blazed in its mid-state location.
LFH executive director Kristen Suokko explained that the awards are designed to promote “access to farm-sourced food for everyone.”
Other winners included Kathryn and Hanks and Chris Pohl of Phantom Hill Farm in Louisa County, for both Rookie of the Year and Innovation in Agriculture. The Pioneer of the Field Award went to Petr and Marina Dronov of Sunnyfield Farm of Rockingham County.
The Glen Bontrager family of Shepherd’s Hill Farm of Albemarle—noted for their year-round supply of eggs—and Anne Geyer of Agriberry Farm of Hanover County, excelling at berries of “unparalleled quality,” shared the Partner Producer of the Year Award.
The Institutional Leader Award went to chef Trey Holt and the dining services department at St. Anne’s/Belfield School for getting local food into a school.
“We are transforming the way this community feeds itself,” said Suokko.
Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that provides market and distribution support for area farmers.