CHARLESTON — Winter Blues is back! The indoor farmers’ market makes its return on February 26 after taking a year off because of the pandemic. More than 60 vendors from across West Virginia will be on hand to sell products grown and sourced right here in the Mountain State. The event takes place at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center from 1-5 p.m. It is free for the public to attend.
“The pandemic has continued to showcase the importance of local agriculture in regard to food security and economic development,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt. “The Winter Blues Farmers’ Market embodies this notion, as it serves an opportunity for agriculture businesses to feature their goods and spread the word about what they do. This is one of the premier local agriculture commodity events in the state and we are glad it’s back after a brief hiatus.”
The market will feature everything from soap to salsa, fresh vegetables and fruits to pure, West Virginia maple syrup. Shoppers will have the chance to talk to vendors and find out how they grow, make or produce their goods. Many vendors will also be sampling their products.
In 2020, the total sales for the Winter Blues Farmers’ Market topped $50,000. Winter Blues is sponsored by the WVDA and the WVU Extension Small Farm Center and is held in conjunction with the West Virginia Small Farm Conference.
“Shoppers will be able to enjoy live music while they’re visiting the vendors. There will also be activities for the kids. So, bring your family out and support local agriculture,” Leonhardt said. For more information about the Winter Blues Farmers Market, contact the WVDA Business Development Division at 304-558-2210.