Organizer steps up; farmers market to return

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The farmers market on the Downtown Commons could happen this year after all.

Beezy Bee consignment shop owner Destiney Sargent has come forward to take on the weekly market just weeks after the previous organizers announced it would close due to their retirement.

Town Community Development Director Felicia Hart made the annoucement during the Monday night Council meeting.

Town and farmers market personnel have had several meetings with her, Hart said. Interim Town Manager Joe Waltz is reviewing her application. Sargent, who also raises sheep, is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and has a lot of contacts with other farmers, Hart said.

Sargent has an ambitious goal for the market.

"What we're looking at is running Wednesday evenings, Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons," Sargent said.

The market previously ran only on Saturdays during its nine-year run.

When the market actually starts up — probably in May — it's likely to open only on Friday evenings and Saturdays until it can build up to the other planned days.

"We're hoping it wonít take long," she said.

Sargent said the farmers market, as she envisions it, will be much more than just local produce for sale. She plans to reach out to other downtown merchants, 4-H clubs and school clubs, as well as various types of entertainers to add to the atmosphere.

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