April Indoor Winter Farm Market Transforms into Local Food Pickup

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The RVCC indoor winter farm market is now being run as a local food pickup. Photo: Mary Cunningham.

The April Winter Farm and Craft Markets must shut down with the health concerns we are required to address.  To support local farms and also help the community avoid stressful visits to the grocery store, Rockfish Valley Community Center (RVCC) is working to connect local vendors with those who need fresh food products.   The farmers and small-business food producers in Nelson County are now struggling with the loss of wholesale accounts as restaurants close and most shoppers are tired of finding stores are out of meat, produce, or bread.  

Since March 26, RVCC has served as a pickup location for local vendors.  Customers can place pre-paid orders with participating vendors, then come pick up their packages at RVCC.  Those who cannot risk leaving their homes, can request a volunteer to bring packages ordered from RVCC to homes in the Rockfish Valley.

This is not an on-site shopping market. The goal is to give the community access to food with minimal risk. Identified vendors must be contacted to place an order ahead of time and make payment online or over the phone.  Agreement with the vendor determines if you will pick up in person or require delivery, so orders may be appropriately packaged.  The pickup locations at RVCC will be sanitized, supervised, and organized to adhere to recommended social-distancing measures.

RVCC facility will be open for weekly pick-ups from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please contact the vendor directly to find out when your package will be available at RVCC.  Home delivery times are dependent on volunteers.   

This new service will continue every Thursday for as long as the need remains.  More local vendors will be added in the coming weeks.

Participating Vendors 

Please contact the vendors directly for more information about available products and how to place your order.

River Oak Farm

Online shop for details and order with RVCC pickup option. Anyone located in zip 22943, Greenwood area, is now able to order online and receive home deliveries.  Riveroakfarm.com.

Caromont Farm

Goat and cow milk cheeses. caromontcheese.com.

Double H Farms

Farm Raised Pork, fresh seasonal vegetables. facebook.com/DoubleHFarmVirginia.

Gathered Threads

Fresh herb bunches, dried herbal teas, spices & spice mixes, herbal remedy kits, herbal body products, small batch fermented sauerkrauts, kimchis, and more. Made with organically sourced vegetables.  Some seasonal produce. www.gatheredthreadsllc.com/store

Order by email at [email protected] and pay by credit card.

Goodwin Creek Farm & Bakery

Fresh baked breads. www.aftonvirginia.com.

Little Hat Creek Farm & Bakery 

Seasonal vegetables, Fresh baked bread. Wednesday pickup only, contact Heather for more info. littlehatcreek.wordpress.com.

Shenandoah Produce 

Volunteers will pick up orders in Ivy on Thursday morning and return to RVCC for pick-up between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., or for home delivery to those who cannot leave their home in the Rockfish Valley. If you require home delivery for a Shenandoah Produce order, you must contact us at [email protected] so we can coordinate the volunteer effort. 434-293-3832, [email protected], shenandoahproduce.com 

Old Orchard Farm 

Meats, eggs, Ula tortillas and more, for pickup on Wednesdays at RVCC in the parking lot by the playground, from 9:15 to 10 a.m.  Products vary week to week.  Information and orders at  oldorchardfarmva.com, [email protected] 

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