Farm to Table market to open in Roanoke Co. Saturday - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

Farm to Table market to open in Roanoke Co. Saturday

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ROANOKE COUNTY, VA - A new option for fresh food is coming to Roanoke County this weekend with the opening of Greenbrier Nurseries' Farm to Table market.

After Saturday's grand opening, the market will be open every Thursday and Saturday, bringing fresh food from local farmers to the nursery. Owners say the Farm to Table market is unlike other farmer's markets in that it will be open year-round with more than 20 vendors this weekend and double that by summer. "We tell people to eat healthy but then when it gets to Fall, farmers say we'll see you next spring," said owner Jim Monroe. "So for six months people are expected to eat unhealthy again. So this market finds a fix to that."

Monroe says he came up with the idea at his West Virginia based Greenbrier Nurseries after he noticed the demand for landscape plants changed in 2008. He decided to look at food alternatives as a way to be efficient with their facilities. "We started growing a little bit of lettuce and people would come in and say that looks good, can I buy a little." The Farm to Table market sprouted from that and has been successful since, he said.

The market will also offer Community Supported Agriculture, or CSA which allows customers to join and get a share of produce each week, boxed and ready for pick up on a date day of the week. Monroe says customers will get an email early in the week letting them know what will be delivered to market.

All of the local produce, meats and eggs will also be available for order online. Monroe bought the domain farm2tableva so customers get place orders from home and pick up at the nursery once the site is complete.

Market hours will be Thursday, from 2-7 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..
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