A new farmers market is coming to Front Royal and a kickoff meeting for potential vendors will be held this morning.
A "Rooster Booster" meeting to discuss the project will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. today at Dynamic Life Ministries, 1600 John Marshall Highway, Front Royal.
“It’s kind of our kickoff meet-and-greet event,” said Sarah Kessler, a church member who’s helping organize the farmers market.
The kickoff is free to attend, she said. Local vendors are invited to come out, enjoy a free breakfast donated by area businesses and learn about the pricing policy and proposed layout.
The outdoor market will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on first and third Saturdays from March through November.
The exception will be in May when the third Saturday will be pushed to the fourth Saturday.
The church is located on the corner of John Marshall Highway and Leach Run Parkway, and the market will use the front lot.
“It’s an excellent location to catch people who are visiting our town,” Kessler said.
Organizer Matt Culbertson, of Edinburg, said he hopes it will be a cheery destination for travelers, residents and small-business owners alike. He's imagining the market becoming like a setting in a Hallmark Channel movie.
“It’s been an idea for the last couple of years before I got involved with it,” he said. “There’s already been a lot of support from the community.”
When signing on, he said he asked himself, “How can we help the community? … What can we do to actually provide something substantial to the community?”
Other area towns like Strasburg, Berryville and Winchester offer seasonal farmer’s markets, but other than Andrick’s Front Royal Flea Market at 240 S. Commerce Ave., Kessler and Culbertson weren’t aware of any in the Front Royal area. They said a Saturday morning farmers market on Main Street isn’t there anymore.
A native of Bentonville, Culbertson graduated from Warren County High School and is now co-owner of Moon Gap Acres alpaca farm.
“I really love and appreciate this area,” he said. ‘It’s a beautiful area and has a lot of great people.”
For more information on the farmers market, call 540-636-9595 or go to facebook.com/DLCommunityMarket.