This has been Virginia Farm Market Week. To celebrate we had a mega-raffle with a tote bag and multiple vendor items for each of our four winners.

Fluvanna County Extension Agent John Thompson with a table full of prizes. • Dottie Gomez won a Nuckols watermelon, a Ralph Edwards handmade planter, a sample of Goin sausage, and soap and a bracelet from Amy Painter.
• Larry Rubendall won a Lazy S cantaloupe, a Cricket granola bar, a bag holder from Debra Cornelius and a handmade mug from Jan Crowther.
• Lorna Jervis won a corncob feeder, a necklace by Tomah Colley, cookies from Birdsong farm, and ground lamb sausage from Wild Oats farm.
• Jennifer Jones won Pratley Farm Apple Butter, Sunnyside watermelon and eggplants, and a baking potato microwave bag from Brenda Moore.

Don’t forget to enter your pictures online, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is sponsoring a photo contest with prizes in four categories: children, youth, adults and a special prize for the most photographed market. Contest details are available at www.virginiagrown.com. A special prize is awarded to the farmer’s market with the most entries. The deadline to send in an original photo taken at a local farmers’ market is Wednesday, Aug. 17.

We also had our first winery come to the market. Thistle Gate Vineyard is located right here in Fluvanna. The tasting went smoothly and hopefully over the next two weeks we will increase to three different local vineyards at our market.

With two full rows of vendors – 11 selling produce with almost half being organic – every shopper is a winner. Don’t miss out!