In case you haven’t heard the news, we’re trying to show support for the South of the James market staying in Forest Hill Park year-round. We welcome your feedback and, of course, your support! Here’s our official press statement:
GrowRVA is ready to offer the South of the James Market year-round at Forest Hill Park, thanks to a dedicated group of vendors who, after 5 seasons of a transient winter market, are ready to settle down.
The last market at Forest Hill Park for this season is scheduled for December 7, but we would like to continue on a smaller scale beyond that time, until the market resumes in May. We typically have 100 vendors at the market during the regular season. The winter market season includes about half that number, which reduces the overall footprint considerably.
In previous years, the Patrick Henry Charter School has hosted the winter market, but due to new construction, this is no longer an option. We’ve considered other locations but feel that Forest Hill Park is the best place for us to offer a consistent, producer-only, SNAP-accepting market in the area.
Karen Atkinson, says, “We hope to continue our relationship with the Forest Hill Neighborhood Association to make Forest Hill and the Westover Hills area a Saturday destination for Richmonders and tourists throughout the entire year. This market provides an income for many families who could especially benefit from the ability to sell their products during the holiday season and new year.”
GrowRVA has created an online petition to help measure support and will make petitions available at the market this weekend as well.