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Montross ‘hometown tradition’ gets fresh start

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

Lois Allensworth, President of the Northern Neck Vegetable Grower’s Association and owner of Lois’s Produce will bring her farm fresh vegetables to Montross Market Days on the Courthouse Square, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Market Days continue through September.

Beginning May 4, Montross Market Days will once again bring together residents and visitors to the Courthouse Square.
Market Days were a tradition some years ago. Longtime residents like owner of Carrot Cottage, Carol Chandler remember the informal market as a “hometown tradition.” Now the Greater Montross Partnership for Revitalization is bringing back Market Days the first Saturday of each month May through September, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“I think everyone is going to be so pleased with this event. I think it will make everyone so proud of their hometown,” said organizer Becky Nelson. Owner of Eagles Catch Antiques, Becky encourages small business own -and those who aspire to owning a business – to participate in Market Days.
“We started our business three years ago,” Becky says. “It’s not as difficult as people think.”
To encourage start-ups and individuals, two sizes of spaces are available for reservation, affordably priced. Interested crafters, food purveyors, artisans and others can get applications at Town Hall, Carrot Cottage and the Westmoreland News or call Becky at 703-598-2112.
“The Partnership openly welcomes your suggestions,” reads a Market Days flyer. “We hope this grows to be an event that is welcoming to both local residents and visitors.”
Market customers will have lots of variety to choose from including farm fresh and heirloom fruits and vegetables, bedding plants, original art, local wines, and more. The Inn at Montross will offer light fare on the porch including mint juleps and sangria. Downtown businesses will feature specials and incentives.
Vendors who have signed up so far include Lois Allensworth’s Produce, Friends of Westmoreland State Park, Westmoreland Produce, artist Nana Gail Lauer, Hague Winery, J&J Greenhouses, Big Billy Duck and Goose Calls.