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P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
540-483-5113
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Farmers' Market provides great town center

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Rocky Mount Farmers' Market and Citizens Square has developed into a town center, and when the weather turns warmer, the market will once again be a beehive of activity. With produce and other products sold during the day, plenty of activities are scheduled on many evenings and on weekends.

In fact, the May Strawberry Festival, hosted by Franklin Heights Baptist Church, is one of the biggest events in the county and continues to grow. The market is a place where local talent shines and people congregate to enjoy the festivities, including plenty of music, and see old friends and neighbors.

Of course, it's also a place where fresh produce is a big draw, and that was the market's original purpose.

The farmers' market has been around for a long time and probably would not have lasted without the hard work and dedication of Dorothy Cundiff, who is executive director of the Franklin County Retail Merchants Association and manages the market's schedule. Ms. Cundiff has been the driving force behind the market, and the result is a true "citizens' square," which has been enjoyed by countless residents and visitors.

The market should by next year have a partner of sorts.

Directly across the street from the market is the former Lynch Hardware Building, which will soon see renovations start that will transform the structure into an indoor music and event venue. The Town of Rocky Mount owns the building and, through the use of grants and tax credits, plans to finally provide the town and county with a place where events can be held year-round. The facility will enhance the "center" status of the market area, opening up the opportunity for larger events.

As spring approaches, it's a great time to think about not only visiting the market, but also renting tables to sell produce and other items, or scheduling evening or weekend events. Anyone interested can call Ms. Cundiff at 483-9211 or 576-2136, or stop by the RMA office next to the Rocky Mount Post Office.

We are very fortunate to have the market as well as the coming indoor facility. This area is indeed a center for the town and the county as well.

 
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