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Page 2 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, May 8, 2014 Of shoes..and ships..and sealing wax.. by An,, You,,g Gregory Year Four/ Reprinted from May 10, 2012 It certainly doesn&apos;t seem possible that three years have passed since "that first Clinch River Farmers Market opened in 2009, but time does go by in a hurry! And here we are, with the opening of the Market's fourth year behind us. The growth of the market has been astonishing, but it hasn't just come about, willy- nilly. The advances of the Clinch River Farmers Market are due to a lot of very hard work--on the part of the Market Managers--Juanita Kelly, Doris Fletcher and Connie Kessinger--and, of course, of the vendors them- selves. The Market's 2012 Opening Day was observed in the brand new structure on Market Square. Following an unfortunate architectural design glitch which was corrected before opening day, the new building still needs just a few finishing touches, which should be taken care of within the next week or two. Although we've had unseasonably pleasant weather through the early months of 2012, it still didn't seem reasonable to expect many farm products to be avail- able at the Market's opening day. Nevertheless, farmers and gardeners were there with lettuce, spring onions, potatoes, rhubarb and maybe a few other types of pro- duce as well as fresh farm eggs. In addition, there was a satisfying choice of jams, jellies, honey and baked goods--including individual chocolate and lemon pound cakes and pineapple Upside down cake. I think there were some cookies, too, and onthe savory side, the Lyttle Farm offered succulent tastes of lamb which Mrs. Lyttle had all ready in a slow cooker. Those who were looking for either garden or indoor plants had a huge variety from which to choose. Non-edible items which were available included jewelry, knitted and crocheted items, aprons and other bits of apparel. Note cards and framed photos featuring scenes of plants, water and critters taken around the Oxbow Lake were also for sale. A new element present on this opening day was a selection of equipment for hunters and fishermen. The wonderful thing about the Clinch River Farmers Market--and maybe about other farmers markets as well, is that it has become, in addition to being a mar- ket, a weekly social occasion. I love to go to the market, choose my purchases for the day, and then visit, often having the opportunity to chat with people I don't nor- mally see during the week. We even have entertainment each Saturday,-and it's great fun to sit with friends while you enjoy local music and the occasional song and/or dance! In looking for the history of farmers' markets, I found once again that the Intemet is a truly remarkable place! Within the space of 30 seconds, I found two ref- erences concerning the very first farmers' market in the United States (discounting the probably thousands of open air markets that have existed throughout the world since practically the beginning of time.) One said that the first farmers' market was established in Los Angeles in 1934, and another said the first to open in California was in Gardena in 1979! I have an idea that the Los Angeles/1934"story is the more accurate. I also found that there are presently more than five thousand farmers' markets in the United States. Once established back in 1934 the idea caught on Consumers quickly realized how much better their produce tasted if it was grown close to home and purchased shortly-- sometimes just hours--after being picked. Not only did the fresh food taste better, but also the lack of process- ing which some picked-now-and-shipped-across-the- country produce is required to undergo in order to pre- serve it makes the freshly picked foods much more healthful, as their nutrients are, for the most part, still intact. Since little transportation is required, no storage is in the picture, and there's certainly no middle man, the cost Of the fresh produce is much more reasonable than that in the stores often is. Not only is the cost bet- ter for the consumer, but also it serves as a factor in the community's economic development, as the money stays at home! Please don't misunderstand. None of this is meant to be a "bad mouth" effort toward supermarkets or small grocery stores. Without them, we would be in horrible shape, and our diets would certainly be quite limited! While farmers' markets are wonderful in providing lovely fresh tasty produce, some foods are produced regionally because of weather conditions, appropriate- ness of soil and so on, so we wouldn't have the variety if we were limited to the local foods. For example--and this is one of my family's favorites--it would be impos- sible to have a "California BLT" if we were limited to local produce. (We got this from the Fod. Network, by the way--it's a minor variation of the trlitional BLT.) You can, of course, get locally produced lettuce and tomatoes (the closer they're grown to home, the better), and even bacon--but the Califomia BLT also has avoca- do, and if it weren't for the grocery stores, Southwest Virginia (and a lot of other places) would have to do without avocados! (We prefer the Hass variety of avo- cado--it has the traditional flavor that's so perfect in guacamole, a BLT, or just "as is" out of the shell!) As we would have to do without avocados if we didn't have our great supermarkets, we'd also be with- out citrus fruits, celery and heaven only knows how many kinds of produce to which we'd have no access if we had only locally grown plants. (I hate to admit that I'm such a non-farmer that I'm not really sure what vegetables we can--and cannot--raise around here. I personally can raise not a one--I tried tomatoes once, and as they ripened, the rabbits or something got them all. I gave up then.) But back to the subject--the farmers' market, and more specifically, the Clinch River Farmers Market. It's back for year number four--and is going strong! Jan McCiure "Twinkling Stars" Lyndsey Boyd "Star Light, Star Bright" The names of the winners pictured are : Front Row: Sabrina Compton, Turner Gilmer, Abigail Carter. Back Row: Acacia Nunley, Abigail Jessee, Dalton Parks, Emmily Woods, Kendra Woods, Becky Johnson The Learning Fair Winners Center announces CEDAR Coal The Learning Center recently participated in the CEDAR (Coal Education Development and Resources) of Virginia 9th Annual Regional Coal Fair held at the UVA- Wise Convocation Center in Wise, VA. Students from nearly 30 schools entered coal projects in the following categories: Art, English, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, and Technology. The Learning Center had 7 student and 2 adult winners in the CEDAR Coal Fair: Turner Gilmer - 2nd place K- 4 Science; Sabrina Compton - 3rd place K-4 Technology; Abigail Carter - 2nd place K-4 Art; Abigail Jessee - 2nd place 5-8 Math; Dalton Parks - 2nd place 5-8 English; Emmily Woods - 2nd place 9-12 Social Studies; Kendra WOods - 1st place 9-12 Math; Acacia Nuniey - 3rd place K-4 Coal Study Unit Teacher; Becky Johnson - 1st place 9-12 Coal Fair Coordinator. The winners were recognized at the 2014 Student and Teacher Awards Banquet held on Saturday, April 12 where they received ribbons, trophies, and cash awards. Congratulations to our winners for their outstanding achievements ! Hike Virginia's State Forests; June 7 is National Trails Day Forestry officials invite citizens out to Virginia's state forests to celebrate National Trails Day June 7. Many of Virginia's 23 state forests offer miles of trails for walking, hiking and bird watching. Trails allow for recreation and are a great way to get the public to increase their physical activity in an outdoor setting. Trail users Subscribe to the.Times! Deadlines Copy-Monday 3 pm Ads-Monday 12 noon can explore in solitude and find peace and tranquility. Or, join family or friends for an outdoor social activity. Passive recreational opportunities, such as walking, hiking and canoeing, are provided free of charge. Horseback riding, mountain biking, hunting, fishing and trapping all require a State Forest Use Permit when per- sons 16 years and older enjoy these activities on a state forest. Located in the Richmond area, the "Appomattox- Buckingham, Cumberland, Zoar and Prince Edward - Gallion state forests offer more than 60 miles of trails. A complete list of state forests can be found on the Virginia Department of Forest website at http://dof.virginia.gov. "Specular Reflection" by Morgan Wallace Gilbert Appalachian Arts Center announces quilt challenge winners Appalachian Arts Center, a part of Southwest Virginia Community College, is pleased to announce the prize winners for its Fourth Annual Quilt Challenge, entitled "Star Light, Star Bright." The Best in Show prize of $150 (sponsored by Mary Lawson) was won by Jan McClure for her quilt, "Twinkling Stars." The People's Choice prize of $100 (sponsored by Friends of Jane Adair) was won by Lyndsey Boyd for her quilt, "Star Light, Star Bright." Lyndsey, age 17, also won the youth prize of $50, sponsored by Appalachian Arts Center. The Novice prize of $50 (sponsored by Trish Estepp in memory of her mother, Rosa Lee Campbell, an avid quilter from Perry County, Kentucky) was awarded to Morgan Wallace Gilbert for her quilt, "Specular Reflection." Appalachian Arts Center would like to thank all those who sponsored prizes, as well as the exhi- bition and reception spon- sor, Clinch Mountain Veterinary Services, for their generosity. Thanks also this year's judges: Julie Powell, winner of last year's Best In Show Prize, and Connie Brown, winner of last year's People's Choice prize. Lastly, we would like to express our appreciation for the talent- ed quilters who submitted their beautiful handcrafted quilts for the show. Fabrics for next year's quilt challenge will be available in August 2014. Appalachian Arts Center is located on Route 19 in the 'Old Archie Helton Store' -2.5 miles south of Claypool Hill. For more information about the Arts Center, or next year's quilt challenge, please contact the Center at 276-596- 9188, or via email at appartsinfo.sw.edu. '< i l