Canning Salsa Workshop at Town of Halifax Farmers Market

The Town of Halifax Farmers Market and Virginia Cooperative Extension are hosting a "Canning Salsa Workshop" (with tomatoes, peppers, & onions using a hot water bath) on Saturday July 19, 2014 from 10:00am - 2:00pm at the Town of Halifax Farmers Market. Registration deadline and $15 fee must be received no later that 5:00pm on Friday July 11, 2014. Please register by calling Chris Brown @ Halifax Extension Office, 476-2147 or Denise Barksdale @ Halifax Town Hall 476-2343. Fee includes Ball Blue Book preserving guide, ball 4 piece canning kit, jar of product and LUNCH! Topics covered include: proper sealing of jars & lids, correct processing time, unsafe canning methods, proper storage and labeling, necessary equipment, foods preserved in boiling water bath, the consequences of unsafe preservation methods such as Clostridium Botulinum. Make checks payable and mail to: Virginia Cooperative Extension-Halifax P.O. Box 757 Halifax, VA 24558.

Thanks to our local sponsors! Burnett & Sneed, Hite Insurance, Packhouse, and Triangle Florist.

6th Annual Town of Halifax Farmers Market Grand Opening

Town of Halifax Farmers Market will celebrate its sixth annual grand opening celebration on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will feature fresh local produce, fresh pasture-raised ground pork and goat along with fresh pasture-raised broilers and country sausage, farm fresh eggs, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, jams and jellies, sugar body scrubs, goat's milk lotions and soaps, handmade jewelry, MeMe's Herbal products, kids' books and puppets, which will be buy one get one half off, fused glass crafts, soy candles, pure vanilla extract and much more, according to Halifax Assistant Manager Denise Barksdale.

The day's activities will include Halifax Regional Hospital hosting a cooking demo starting between 8-8:30 a.m., which will feature a strawberry patch salad with goat cheese, onions strawberries and candied walnuts with a strawberry vinaigrette over romaine lettuce.

Hudson Heritage Farms will fire up the grill at 10 a.m. with some fresh ground goat and pork.  Also firing up the smoker at 10 a.m. will be Great Oak Farms with a "Makin Bacon" demo.

Halifax County Humane Society will be hosting an adopt-a-thon that will run from 8-noon, and Southside Master Gardeners will be on site to sharpen those garden tools free of charge.

Live music will begin at 10:30 a.m. featuring singer/songwriter Mark La Perle from Bedford.  The first 50 people will receive a free Virginia Grown shopping bag and free ice cream cups for the kids 12 and under to enjoy.

The Town of Halifax Farmers Market is a collection site for school supplies for National Night Out.  These school supplies will be given out to children in the Halifax community during the National Night Out event on August 5, 2014.  Free bottled water will be available to all who bring in school supply donations during the grand opening celebration on Saturday.

Also, just in time for peak farmers market season, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announces the 2014 "Farm Fresh Pledge! Program".  Each time a person spends $10 at the local farmers market, they can ask to have their punch card punched.  If a customer spends $30 in one day, he or she will get three punches.  If they spend $140, they will get all 14 punches.  "The key to remember is for every $10 you spend you get a punch.  Once you fill up all 14 slots on your card, hand it over to the market manager, and your card will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a Virginia Grown/Virginia's Finest prize pack valued at up to $200".

As the demand for Virginia products has increased, so has the number of farmers markets statewide.  Research by Virginia Cooperative Extension has shown that if each household in Virginia spent just $10 a week on locally grown agriculture products, consumers would invest an additional $1.65 billion back into the local economy each year.  The public is invited to visit the Town of Halifax Farmers Market, located at 209 South Main Street in Halifax to pick up a pledge card and begin pledging today!  The Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

June 14th - Bird Feeder Cleaning

June 14th - Bird Feeder Cleaning at the Halifax Farmers Market.  Join the Southside Master Gardener Association from 8 to 11 am on saturday June 8th at the Halfiax Farmers Market for bird feeder cleaning.  Birds are very important to the health of our gardens.  Bring your bird feeders for a cleaning and learn more about these fascinating creatures.  As always we will be there to answer your gardening questions.  For more information visit our website at or call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147.

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Spring Has Finally Sprung

     How do we know it is finally spring?  Is it the warmer air, the forsythias or the daffodils?  No.  It is Second Saturdays at the Halifax Farmer's Market.  May 10th is the first in the Southside Master Gardener's series of Second Saturdays for 2014.  Master Gardeners will be at the Farmer's Market to help children pot up plants for Mother's Day.  Bring your kids, grandkids or the neighbor's kids to introduce them to plants and give them an opportunity to make a gift for their Moms.

     Master Gardeners will also be available to repair your tomato cages that suffered damage last season.  Join us from 8 am to 11 am on Saturday, May 10, for a fun morning with your children and to ask any questions you may have about your yard or garden.  For more information about the Master Gardener program, please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or visit their website at or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..                                                                                                       maggie.jpg - 432.66 Kb

Southside Master Gardeners Carol Nelson and Maggie Westervelt prepare to reweld a broken tomato cage.  Bring your broken cages to the Halifax Farmers Market on May 10th and the Master Gardeners will bring it back to useable condition.


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