I'm slowly making my way through the locally owned grocery stores in West Virginia, as I have a dedication to these folks. I've been to Farmer's Daughter Market & Butcher, Front Street Grocers and Kitchen and more. And, while passing through Philippi, I stopped at the Community Garden Market Place from Heart and Hand House.
The Community Garden Market a provides an opportunity for local gardeners and bakers to earn money by selling their fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, baked goods, honey and other specialty items. The market promotes the health and well-being of the community, not only from a nutritional standpoint, but economically, as well as socially.This market is a bit different since it is a nonprofit affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Local growers bring their items to the shop, and they are sold for them. How cool is that?
As a participant in the WV Farmer’s Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), the market is a place where senior citizens and WIC recipients may purchase produce with coupons designed to encourage better nutritional choices. The market also now accepts SNAP benefits (food stamps).
The Garden Market has grown steadily since it was started in 1992. A new facility built by volunteers from Christ United Methodist Church in 2003 improved the market dramatically and in 2013 the market moved to its current location, The Market Place at 107 South Main Street.
The Market sold more than $66,000 in produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, and plants during the 2015 season and had over 130 local participating producers.
You can find a variety of fresh produce, meats, honeys, breads, and other artisan products.
The market also has a small Fish Hawk Acres shop where you can grab a bite to eat with items like soups, sandwiches and dinner entrees.
Beyond that, it is a gathering space. There are communal tables, and even more lounge areas for folks to meet or chat.
I got a small bag of chocolate covered toffee squares from a local baker, and I regret nothing. So tasty.
I think it's such a cool concept. I just wish I had been there a little earlier in the day so I had a chance to try some of the prepared food from Fish Hawk Acres.
Have you been? What's your favorite thing to get?