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Divide and Conquer with Master Gardeners by Laverne Fuller

     Perennials are plants that live more than two years.  Examples of some familiar perennials are Black eyed Susan, purple coneflower, hosta, daylillies and irises.  There are many more varieties.  Perennials are a great asset to the garden.  They provide an almost permanent element to the landscape and some gardeners strive to have beds made entirely of perennials for low maintenance.

     Perennial gardens are not completely maintenance free, however.  Once a bed is established, the plants will spread and after a few years will need to be divided.  Plant division is important for several reasons.  The size of the plant can be controlled by division, a plant is healthier if it has room to grow and new plants are provided for your own garden or to share.  If you have a perennial bed in need of some TLD (tender, loving division) come to the Second Saturday at the Halifax Farmer's Market on August 10 at 9:30 a.m. for a special demonstrationon how to conquer your fear of plant division.  The Southside Master Gardeners will be at the market from 8 to 11 a.m. to provide information on how to establish a perennial garden or how to add perennials to your present landscape and of course to answer all your gardening questions.

     While at the Halifax Farmers Market, don't miss the opportunity to visit the local vendors supplying cut flowers, fresh produce, organically grown meats and eggs and home baked sweeties.  If you have questions about the Master Gardener program or this activity please call the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the website at www.ssmga.org.

Blues, Brews & BBQ T-shirt Sale

Buy now! A limited edition Blues, Brews & BBQ T-shirt for $10.  These quality, denim washed t-shirts are currently available in limited quantities in sizes Small to 1x.  If you were unable to attend this event you can still show your support for Town of Halifax events by purchasing a great looking t-shirt with all local sponsors listed on the back and event name on the front.  Buy yours today from the Town of Halifax located at 70 South Mian Street in historic Halifax, VA.

 

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Halifax ABM Grand Opening

Halifax ABM will hold a grand opening on Monday, July 1st from 11:30-1:30.  Halifax ABM will provide a new way for you to improve your physical and mental health and wellbeing.  ABM, the Anat Baniel Method, offers an alternative to other therapies that deal with physical pain, such as back/neck/joint pain, stroke and cerebral palsy as well as mental and emotional concerns.  Through gentle movements of the body.  ABM will create new connections in the brainfor better physical and mental function.. Discounts and more information will be offered.  Chelsea Webber, certified practitioner of the Anat Baniel Method, can be reached on location at 60 S. Main ST., Halifax - down a side road across from Molasses Grill and within the Ohm Yoga Center or contact her via phone 434-471-6821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cement and Tea on Second Saturday by Laverne Fuller

Where else but at Second Saturdays at the Town of Halifax Farmer's Market can you find a combination of cement and tea?  The answer is nowhere.  The Southside Master Gardener Association will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market on Saturday, July 13, from 8 to 11 am to demonstrate how to make hypertufa pots.  Hypertufa is a combination of Portland cement, perlite, sphagnum peat moss and water which is molded to resemble antique stone troughs from England.  These pots have an advantage over traditional clay pots in that they do not crack if left outside over the winter.  Visitors to the Farmer's Market will be able to make their own pot to take home for $5.00 each.  All supplies will be furnished.  In addition, the Southside Virginia Herb Society will be at the Halifax Farmer's Market with samples of herbal tea for tasting.  Many herbs used for teas are easily grown in our area.  The Herb Society will have handmade jewelry, birdhouses made from gourds and booklets on culinary and Biblical herbs for sale.

come on out to the Market to make a pot and enjoy fresh herbal tea.  For more information about the Master Gardener porgram, contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, visit the website at www.ssmga.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

jewell.jpg - 1.56 Mb     Master Gardener Jewell Giles plants herbs in this hypertufa trough.  Visit the Halifax Farmers Market on July 13th to make your own pot to take home.

Halifax Event - Blues, Brews and BBQ

Halifax Events kicks off the summer at the Farmer's Market in the Town of Halifax on Friday June 14th from 6-11pm with a great night of Blues, Brews and BBQ.  Music from the legendary Steve Bassett Blues Band (co-author of "Sweet Virginia Breeze") and Halifax's own Hot Damn! Band will fill the air along with the aroma of the finest BBQ around.

This Friday marks the debut of the Blue Flame Barbeque Sundae at the "Blues, Brews & BBQ".  It's barbeque like you've never seen it before.  No muss, no fuss, just sweet and spicy signature barbeque beans layered with fresh creamy homemade coleslaw and topped with succulent hand pulled smoked pork.  Just one of the many taste bud adventures that include smoked beef brisket and the tried and true hand pulled barbeque sandwich provided by Whitey Roark & Mark Dickerson's Blue Flame Barbeque.

There will be more of Halifax County's finest BBQ vendors on hand:  "Smokin' Jakes" will be offering free tastings of pulled pork BBQ, their original in house BBQ sauces and mascot "Lucky" will make his debut from 6pm till 7pm.  Eddie Tate "Tater Bug's Bar-B-Que" will be grilling onsite featuring his award winning dry rubbed fresh smoked pork, St. Louis style pork ribs, BBQ chicken and beef briskets.  "Ollies" will be featuring their awesome bone sucking ribs, pulled pork BBQ and chicken.  All vendors will offer a variety of sides to complete your dinner plate.

A great selection of wine and beer will be available from Bright Meadows Vineyards and Blue Ridge Beverage.  Iced tea, water and sodas will also be available.

No parking in Farmers Market parking lot - Handicap parking only will be available (first come, first served) along with a drop off area for the general public.  Parking will be available along S. Main Street and adjacent parking areas.  Tickets ar $15 in advance, $20 at the gate - Available at the Halifax Town Office (along with T-shirts), Peddler's Market Exchange Store, Common Grounds, Halifax Tourism Visitor Center, Molasses Grill and Bistro 1888.

Come join us in the Town of Halifax to eat, drink and dance in the "Sweet Virginia Breeze".  Bring your lawn chair, your appetite and dancing shoes for a great night of "Blues, Brews & BBQ."