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Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
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Local Farm Awareness Day is set for Sept. 14
Farmers asked to bring produce, canned goods, dairy, meats
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Courtesy Photo: Girl Scout Elizabeth Williams (left) has teamed with Dorothy Cundiff, executive director of the Retail Merchants Association, to host the first ever Local Farm Awareness Day at the farmers’ market in Rocky Mount on Sept. 14.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer

Thanks to the work of a local Girl Scout, Franklin County's first "Local Farm Awareness Day" will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The event, which is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the farmers' market in Rocky Mount, will be hosted by Elizabeth Williams, Ambassador Girl Scout with Franklin County Troop #3078 and sponsored by Dorothy Cundiff and the Franklin County Retail Merchants Association.

"I am doing this as my Girl Scout Gold Award project," Williams said. "I feel this event will help support our local farmers and create an annual awareness of what our local products are and where to find them."

"I am very concerned about environmental issues, and I chose this project for my Girl Scout Gold Award because I hope to help the community become aware of the healthy foods out there for them to purchase," she added. "Also, with the increased use of chemicals in processed foods, I feel it is a wiser choice to buy local foods (like meats, produce, and dairy), and also it helps the community at the same time."

Williams, a junior at Franklin County High School, said she hopes local farmers will participate and bring their products. The deadline for registration for the event is Friday, Sept. 6. Call Cundiff at 483-9211.

"I would like the farmers to bring a variety of things they have like fruits, vegetables, canned goods, jellies, applebutter, meats and dairy," Williams said. "Also, I hope some local bee keepers will join us, and they can bring honey, then local growers could bring flowers and herbs. Anything local that people in this area should know we grow or make and is available this time of year would be great."

Activities at the event will include a free drawing for a basket full of farm produce and products, live entertainment by the Radford Cloggers, a cake walk and face painting for the children.

Pizza and drinks will be for sale.

The rain date is Saturday, Sept. 21.

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