Vil­lage Mar­ket folds, Pen Druid to host new farmer’s mar­ket

Rappahannock News - - FROM PAGE ONE - By John Mc­caslin Rap­pa­han­nock News staff

No sooner did word fil­ter out that the Inn at Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton was dis­con­tin­u­ing its weekly Vil­lage Mar­ket in the town’s foun­tain court­yard and Pen Druid Brewing an­nounced it will launch a weekly farm­ers’ mar­ket start­ing this spring on the grassy river­bank ad­ja­cent to the wood­fired brew­ery in Sper­ryville.

Van Car­ney ex­plained that he and his two brothers, Jen­nings and Lane, who apart from craft­ing beer are suc­cess­ful mu­si­cians on the world stage, have long de­sired to host a gen­uine farmer’s mar­ket — as in bushels of fruits and veg­eta­bles, par­tic­u­larly grown in Rap­pa­han­nock County.

“We are thrilled to be host­ing the farm­ers’ mar­ket com­ing in spring of 2019,” says Van, “and we will an­nounce more de­tails soon.”

The Inn for three years had hosted a seem­ingly wellat­tended weekly Vil­lage Mar­ket in the court­yard be­tween Gay and Main streets in the town of Wash­ing­ton, fo­cus­ing on farm­ers and ar­ti­sans while serv­ing pulled pork BBQ sand­wiches and le­mon­ade.

“Hello every­one,” the Inn’s Jon­eve Mur­phy wrote by email in re­cent days to the mar­ket’s nu­mer­ous ven­dors. “I wanted to in­form you that af­ter much de­bate and con­sid­er­a­tion we have de­cided to dis­con­tinue the weekly Vil­lage Mar­ket for the 2019 sea­son.

“We will be host­ing pe­ri­odic spe­cial mar­kets, in­clud­ing the Christ­mas in Lit­tle Wash­ing­ton and one in April. I will send out in­vi­ta­tions to par­tic­i­pate in these mar­kets as they arise,” she said. “I want to thank you all for your sup­port and at­ten­dance to the mar­ket these past three years. I truly en­joyed man­ag­ing it and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get to know all of you.”

No rea­son was given by the Inn as to why the mar­ket was be­ing folded.

Mean­while, Pen Druid fin­ished weigh­ing all the food do­nated at its 4th An­nual Box­ing Day Food Pantry Fundraiser & Cel­e­bra­tion, fea­tur­ing the Gold Top County Ram­blers and Bean Hol­low Grass­fed.

At­ten­dees of the Dec. 26 Box­ing Day event, which fo­cused on cel­e­brat­ing com­mu­nity, giv­ing and those Rap­pa­han­nock res­i­dents who have lit­tle to eat dur­ing the win­ter, were en­cour­aged to bring non-per­ish­able food items. In 2017, 474 pounds of food was do­nated and the Car­neys hoped to beat that amount in 2018.

“Box­ing day was a smash hit,” re­veals Van. “We raised nearly 500 pounds of food and 10 per­cent of our bar sales went to the food pantry. The place was packed in­doors and out. It was such an out­pour­ing of sup­port from the com­mu­nity and we are so grate­ful to be able to host such an won­der­ful an­nual event.”

BY RAY BOC

Pen Druid Brewing's an­nual Box­ing Day fundraiser for the Food Pantry last month.

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