Crozet Farmers Market to Open May 4

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Al Minutolo, manager of the Crozet Farmers Market, presents a check from the vendors to Connie Herring for the CUMC food pantry. Photo: Theresa Curry.

The Crozet Farmers Market will open Saturday, May 4, in the parking lot of the Crozet United Methodist Church (CUMC). Market hours are 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday until mid-October. 

The Crozet Market is a growers/producers market, providing vendors the opportunity to sell their locally grown produce, homemade baked goods and handcrafted items to the public. New vendors are asked to contact the market manager, Al Minutolo, at 434-823-1092 prior to April 12 to discuss products, space availability and market rules.

The market offers a variety of locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, vegetable starts, cut flowers, homemade baked goods, handcrafted jewelry, wood-craft and pottery.  Another popular feature is the Horticulture Help Desk (HHD), staffed by volunteer Piedmont Master Gardeners every second and fourth Saturday of the market season. The HHD staff is available to answer your questions about horticultural practices, such as plants, pest control, and plant diseases, with an interest in safeguarding against adverse effects to the consumer and the environment. Bring samples of pests or problem plants; HHD volunteers can access the resources of Virginia Cooperative Extension to answer your questions.

A share of proceeds from last year’s market sales was returned to the community through a $1,000 donation from vendors to the CUMC food pantry, which serves both local and USDA-approved families in our community. The average monthly food distribution is two tons. Cash donations are a significant multiplier for the purchase of food locally at the central food bank. Although food costs vary, $1 will often purchase 8 to 12 pounds of food. 

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