You might be a locavore and not even know it. Locavore is a term which describes people who eat food grown in their own community but many consider it to include all food grown within a 100-mile radius of your home.
With food prices skyrocketing, many families have chosen to go back to their roots and plant back yard gardens. Others choose to buy produce that’s grown by local farmers.
Most people who choose to buy local fruits and vegetables cite the freshness and lack of chemicals as their primary reasons. Others are people who buy locally whenever possible on all products to keep the local economy strong.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to buy locally, there are numerous choices in Lynchburg. This article will spotlight several locations where locally grown produce is available.
The Lynchburg Community Market
Lynchburg’s Community Market www.lynchburgcommunitymarket.com, located at the corner of 12th and Main Streets in downtown Lynchburg, has been in business since 1783, selling locally grown produce and other local products. In addition to the Saturday Farmer’s Market, Community Market has added Green Market Wednesdays from May through November. On these Wednesdays from 10am-2pm, growers sell only what they grow themselves. You can sign up at the market’s website for their Green Market E-blast newsletter which will let you know what’s available each week. There are also many other made in Virginia products available at the market.
Freshmarket Produce is conveniently located on Timberlake Road near Big Lots. Their large Virginia Grown www.virginiagrown.com sign hangs on the red barn where they do business Wednesday through Saturday from 10am-6pm. Their are small Virginia Grown signs on all produce that was grown in our state, including Halifax cantelopes, Silver Queen corn, tomatoes, peppers, squash, beans, cucumbers, and more. There’s always enough variety to make a meal of just vegetables and the owners are always friendly and helpful.
Lynchburg Grows www.LynchburgGrows.org at 1339 Englewood Street, off Fort Avenue one block south of Lynchburg City Stadium. Lynchburg Grows is a non-profit organization which holds classes and workshops, grows produce and roses for sale, provides vocational training for disabled people, at-risk youths, and low-income people. They also donate some of their produce to a local food pantry. In the past four years, they have donated 25,000 pounds of vegetables. Originally the historic Schenkel Nursery, a 100-year old defunct rose garden, Lynchburg Grows was turned into an urban farm that gives back to the community. The nine greenhouses have been repaired, cleared of weeds and overgrowth, and turned into a wonderful community work using many hours of labor by community volunteers. One of the greenhouses is sponsored completely by St. John’s Episcopal Church. Through the windows of the greenhouses, you can see ceiling high tomato plants. They also propogate beautiful heirloom rose bushes and are involved in aquaponics gardening http://aquaponicsgardening.net/. Lynchburg Grows is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm.
Davis Farm Fresh Produce
Davis Produce is located at 13475 Wards Road, south of the Lynchburg Regional Airport. The Davises are the third generation to sell produce at a Davis stand. Paul’s grandparents started in business in the 1940s in South Boston and his parents still have a stand in Gladys on Rt. 501. Paul and Shelia started their business in Appomattox and moved to their current location seven years ago. You can see the wagon on top of their store from a distance. Paul and Shelia Davis sell many locally grown vegetables and fruit, much from Halifax, including cantelopes. Shelia lamented the fact that fewer people are choosing to farm and it’s become more difficult to find local growers from whom to purchase. She has a message to share, “Come back, farmers.” Davis Farm Fresh Produce is open 7 days a week.
These four business aren’t the only places to find locally grown foods; however, they are all local businesses. By buying locally, you support your community! So the next time you’re wondering what to fix for dinner, think about fresh produce and visit one of these vendors. Vegetables and fruit are good and good for your family!